SoS: In Defense of the Neeson/Collet-Serra Duo

Some of the best things in life come in pairs, and film is no different. No, I don’t mean sequels and/or remakes, because I think we all know how those often turn out. Instead, I mean those actors and directors who very frequently collaborate on films, so much so that it feels odd when the…

The Top 20 Horror (ish) Films of the Decade So Far

One of the biggest parts of a film journalist’s time is figuring out a top-ten or top-five list for the end of each year. Depending on what kind of publication you’re working for, you could be creating genre-specific lists or something more comprehensive. Even more interesting, although perhaps difficult, to think about is a list…

Clinging to Life, Doing Just Fine: Horror Cinema in the Modern Era

The horror genre is a curious one for many reasons. Its history has been rather topsy-turvy to put it gently, and in recent decades a number of different movements have taken the genre by storm. Slasher films came and went during the 1980s, torture porn cemented its place in the mid to late 2000s, found…

“An Eating Machine”: Jaws and the Summer Blockbuster Beast it Created

Around three weeks ago, on Sunday, June 21st, a couple of Windforwings bandmates and I went to the Movie Tavern in Williamsburg, VA to check out the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s legendary Jaws. Even forty years after its theatrical release, numerous aspects of the film continue to permeate popular culture and it continues to…