My 2019 Top Ten list is going to look pretty ridiculous to almost everyone who reads it. I didn’t get a chance to see a lot of the end-of-year Oscar contenders, as a result of a new baby right at…

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I feel all end-of-the-year lists have to be prefaced. “What about this film?” “How could you place this type of movie so high—or that type of movie so low?” Yeah, yeah. It’s a reality. Well, I would preface my 2019…

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#10: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror I read Robin Means Coleman’s history of African American representation in horror a few years ago so when I heard it was going to be made into a full-on documentary, I was…

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Every January we see loads of Top 10 lists from just about anyone with an opinion. They’re fun, if inconsequential, but usually provide a pretty diverse examination of the year. I think the best lists blur the line between subjective…

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I think curating a top 10 list of films these days is like navigating a minefield. There are literally so many films being made every year that, even watching over a hundred a year, you have a swiss-cheese amount of…

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There’s a compulsion in me that says my inability to see every movie released in a year renders my list futile. It’s just another variation on the “fear of missing out.”  As I made this year’s futile list, I recognized…

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When looking back at 2018 in movies, it may be seen as a lackluster year or possibly an underrated year. Looking back at what I saw, I’m surprised by how many big movies were either outright no good or just…

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2018 was the year of surprises, the year of emotional stakes, the year of superheroes and supervillains. A friend of mine likes to quote Roger Ebert, who said that “movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts,”…

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