PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

How do we define “the best” anything? Should we only call something “the best” if it is everyone’s favorite? Or is it the best if scholars and experts say it is? There’s a classic rock station in the New York area that I really love – Q1043 – that has an annual countdown the week… Continue reading PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

Great Scenes in Bad/Mediocre/Okay Movies

The real heartbreak in a mediocre movie, or a bad movie, or a just okay movie, is seeing the potential that was wasted. Even in the most disappointing movies, there’s usually one thing that you can point at and say, “Wow, this really worked.” So here, I’ve selected a few movies that I think are… Continue reading Great Scenes in Bad/Mediocre/Okay Movies

In Defense of “Roll Credits” Moments

A debate that’s gradually been unfolding over the past few years in the film-criticism section of YouTube is the value of CinemaSins. a YouTube channel best known for their “Everything Wrong With _____” videos in which they go frame by frame through movies, nitpicking everything from continuity errors to acting/directorial decisions and everything in between.… Continue reading In Defense of “Roll Credits” Moments

Spooky versus Scary: Prisoner of Azkaban as a Horror Film (Kind of)

Halloween is upon us, meaning that everyone is socially obligated to consume horror media. Horror, more than any other genre, forces the audience to tap into their emotion. The ultimate goal of many horror is to make the viewer feel the same dread and fear that the characters do. My issue is that movies in… Continue reading Spooky versus Scary: Prisoner of Azkaban as a Horror Film (Kind of)