No, Your New Subscription Service is not Worth the Price of Netflix | Column from the Editor

Subscription fatigue encapsulates 2019, as everyone and their mom wants to sell you an overpriced subscription to something. In the streaming world, Disney Plus has joined the likes of HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Crackle, Mubi, Acorn TV, and Freeform. If you liked Loot Crate, there is about fifty thousand likewise subscription boxes focusing on everything from dog treats to bacon to stickers … Continue reading No, Your New Subscription Service is not Worth the Price of Netflix | Column from the Editor

Falling From Heaven: Why ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2019) is Bombing at the Box Office | Column from the Critic

Recently, I covered the latest “Charlie’s Angels” foray on the silver screen. In short, I thought it was a fun action movie with a solid cast and compelling action sequences. However, the movie has been struggling; with a 58% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and it has barely made half its budget so far. In response, writer-director Elizabeth Banks responded to the movie’s shortcomings: “You’ve … Continue reading Falling From Heaven: Why ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2019) is Bombing at the Box Office | Column from the Critic

Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

There was once a time when Blockbuster, one of the largest video store chains in the world, had over 9,000 stores. Now, in large part due to the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there is only one Blockbuster left in the world, located in Bend, Ore., and is kept alive mostly as a curiosity from an era that still feels like yesterday … Continue reading Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: How Sensory Deprivation Adds Tension to Horror | Column from the Critic

Halloween is here, and with it comes the devoted celebrations and horror movie marathons with friends. Now, I’ve never been a fan of horror movies. But recent releases have intrigued me with the ideas they present. One trend that’s stood out is how they play with sensory deprivation. In the movies watched, I’ve noticed that the absence of one sense adds to the tension. And … Continue reading See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: How Sensory Deprivation Adds Tension to Horror | Column from the Critic

Sony will not be fine producing Spider-Man movies without Kevin Feige and Marvel | Column from the Editor

According to Deadline, Kevin Feige’s involvement in future Sony Spider-Man movies may come to an end, as well as their sharing of the character with Marvel.  The breakup comes allegedly after Marvel/Disney demanded that they enter a 50/50 co-financing arrangement, most likely brought on by the fact that the most recent Spider-Man film broke $1 billion at the box office to become Sony’s most profitable … Continue reading Sony will not be fine producing Spider-Man movies without Kevin Feige and Marvel | Column from the Editor

‘Hello there!’ Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Disney Plus series might revitalize Star Wars | Column from the Editor

When Disney announced their upcoming Disney Plus streaming platform, I was not optimistic or excited about it. I already pay $13 a month for Netflix, which has more shows and movies than I could ever watch, and so far, no other streaming platform has had enough original content to warrant me to drop the service, or add a new one (though Hulu and Amazon Prime … Continue reading ‘Hello there!’ Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Disney Plus series might revitalize Star Wars | Column from the Editor

Not My Berkshire County | ‘Berkshire County/Tormented’ Review Update

Last year, I reviewed a film named “Berkshire County” which was later renamed “Tormented,” that takes place in a fictional town or county of the same name. The film, which is a 2014 home evasion film directed by Audrey Cummings, was shot outside Toronto and as such draws instant comparisons to my home county, Berkshire County, Mass., especially because of its Northeastern location and the … Continue reading Not My Berkshire County | ‘Berkshire County/Tormented’ Review Update

When is it OK to Fictionalize History? | Column from the Editor

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” just came out last week, and it’s caused somewhat of a stir for its controversial scenes of the late Bruce Lee and the Manson murders, as they twist history in sensitive ways for the sake of the movie. For anyone that has seen a Tarantino movie, this is no surprise as this is not the … Continue reading When is it OK to Fictionalize History? | Column from the Editor

Will Marvel Ever Fail? | Column from the Editor

With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” crossing the $1 billion line at the box office and “Avengers: Endgame” being the highest grossing movie of all time, plenty of pundits have questioned if and when Marvel Studios will fail. You’ll find plenty of these pieces online, comparing the industry’s current superhero movie trend to that of westerns, noir, and the action films of the 90s and the … Continue reading Will Marvel Ever Fail? | Column from the Editor

Why criticize art in the first place?

By Molly Mott

The trouble of writing critical articles is knowing what to write about.

There’s part of me that asks, “What’s the point?” Part of me that knows that, no matter what I say or how well you say it, no matter how many people see what I’ve written and read it in its entirety, none of it will have a real impact. It’s just an opinion online. Continue reading “Why criticize art in the first place?”