Two Episodes In, 'Stargirl' Proves To Be A Fun and Enjoyable Watch

DC’s forever growing roulette of T.V. shows has a lot of developing pieces to it at the current moment. This ranges from shows like The Flash and Supergirl on The CW to Titans and Doom Patrol on DC Universe’s streaming service. There are different flavors for everyone. From those who prefer more family-oriented programming to something a little more gritty. These stories and crossovers have grown to become more grandiose as the years have gone by. It’s an ideal time to introduce a lesser-known c

The Allure of the Snyder Cut and Where We Go From Here

I remember the first time I sat in my seat with my friends and watched 2017’s Justice League in theaters. You mean I get to see the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash on screen together? Was it a little rushed? I’ll give you that. Two movies rolling into a team-up is pretty quick. Now, if you’re looking across the row at Marvel, they were already two Avengers movie in and another team-up movie with Guardians of the Galaxy in the bag. Ok, DC – let’s see what you got. Unless you were li

The Death of Anakin Skywalker: 15 Years of 'Revenge of the Sith'

Within the beginning of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, Yoda (Frank Oz) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) meet to talk about his reoccurring premonitions. Some of the words are a callback to Yoda’s warning of how fear can fester into darker emotions. A young Anakin stood before him in 1999’s The Phantom Menace speaking about missing his mother. In this scene, it’s not only Yoda’s words that have power, but also the framing of the lighting. Yoda’s face is not obscured by the darkness, but Ana

Ten Years Of 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' and the Pitfalls of Remaking A Classic Horror Film

Who could ever forget the opening of the late Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic, A Nightmare On Elm Street? Charles Bernstein’s score is paired with the visuals of Freddy Krueger’s sharpening steak knives into his trademark glove. He chases Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) through a dimly lit and desolate boiler room to what we would soon find out is a dream. When doing a remake, the pressure to live up to the substance of the original film is hard enough. Imagine doing this to one of the most famous slas

'The Way Back' Provides A Realistic Story About Recovery With A Strong Performance From Ben Affleck

Director Gavin O’Connor has more than enough experience when it comes to working with the “come-from-behind” sports stories. (He directed 2004’s Miracle and 2011’s Warrior). The flawed, unlikely, redemption seeking archetype is something that has been prevalent throughout movie history. We love to see people arise from their struggles and aspire to something greater. When you’re discussing things in terms of addiction, oftentimes, this is more difficult to obtain. Relapses happen and there are m

‘The Invisible Man’ Gets A Suspenseful, Modern Update Where Abuse and Use of Power Are the Horrors

I remember the first time viewing the 1933 version of director James Whale’s The Invisible Man which was an adaptation of H.G. Wells novel for the first time. Particularly, the scene where Claude Reigns unveils being invisible for the first time and the maniacal laughter that followed after. The special effects were well ahead of its time and the story dealt with the conundrum of having such power. Something like that can corrupt even the purest of men. 2020’s Hollow Man also explores this simil

‘The Lodge’ Is A Ominous Expose of Confined Horror and Accumulated Emotional Trauma

Being within a confined space can be a terrifying experience for some. The best examples of this in previous horror movies are 1980’s The Shining (oddly enough, in an enclosed, snowy setting) and 2005’s The Descent. Characters come face to face with their demons; whether it be a physical or mental personification of that. Sometimes, isolation brings out the worst of us. The experiences that hurt us previously turn us into the “monster.” The Lodge continues the recent trend in horror on how ugly

'The Photograph' Utilizes Solid Performances To Elevate A Time Spanning Love Story

Can you truly have it all? Love is always going to require sacrifice. Is it possible to experience it without losing a part of yourself? If you decide to defer it, can you ever get that moment back again? Think back to the 80’s rom-com movies where two characters lock into a gaze and it seems like the world disappears around them. Sometimes, love presents itself and you figure out the details later. The Photograph is a movie that ponders both sides of that coin. Director/writer Stella Meghie pre

'The Assistant' Is A Powerful Depiction of A Horrible Boss and A Workplace That Enables Him

Sit back and think about what the job type of an assistant means to you. You picture someone doing the most mundane tasks such as getting coffee or making copies. It’s also implied that there’s a certain amount of abuse that’s taken with the title. Think of depictions of media like old HBO show, Entourage with the characters of Ari Gold and Lloyd. In October 2017, the New York Times published 12 accounts of women who had accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Th

'Fantasy Island' Is A Missed Opportunity To Re-imagine A Classic Show Into Something Suspenseful

The first episode of Fantasy Island aired on ABC on January 28th, 1978 starting Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke. A character who presided over a mysterious island that granted visitors their wildest fantasies – albeit for a price. There was usually a caveat or a lesson to be learned. Nothing can be given back without something being taken, right? You look at this basic plot and it seems ripe for a horror remake. Or at least a suspenseful update at best. This was the task of Blumhouse and directo

'Sonic The Hedgehog's Nostalgia and Simplistic Story Provides An Enjoyable Experience

In 1991, those who picked up a Sega Genesis got acquainted with a blue, speedy hedgehog with a penchant for gold rings and peace signs. Where Nintendo had Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog became the mascot for Sega Genesis. The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was met with intense backlash over the character’s redesign. Sonic sported a more human look that also came with human teeth. (The original game was only in 8-bit, but I don’t remember Sonic with molars.) With that, the movie

'Gretel & Hansel' is both a visually pleasing and an emotionally macabre update of an old tale

Fairy tales are a tough thing to adapt in a movie sense. Especially when they vary in length or have been ingrained in literary history for a long time. (In this case, Hansel and Gretel was originally published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812) Everybody should be familiar with the simple tale of a brother, a sister, an appetite, and a witch in the woods who is more than ready to provide food and shelter underlying a more insidious purpose. Director Osgood Perkins has shown his inventive muscle wi

Substream’s 31 Days of Halloween: ‘The Innkeepers’ (2011)

Welcome, dear readers, to Substream’s 31 Days of Halloween. While every holiday captures the hearts and minds of the Substream staff, Halloween holds an especially important place in our hearts. Now that we’ve entered the month of October, it’s time for us to share our love for this holiday with you. Every single day in October, our collection of spooky staff writers and ghoulish guest contributors will walk you through a horror or Halloween-themed movie they adore. The goal is to both celebrat

Substream’s 31 Days of Halloween: ‘V/H/S 2’ (2013)

Welcome, dear readers, to Substream’s 31 Days of Halloween. While every holiday captures the hearts and minds of the Substream staff, Halloween holds an especially important place in our hearts. Now that we’ve entered the month of October, it’s time for us to share our love for this holiday with you. Every single day in October, our collection of spooky staff writers and ghoulish guest contributors will walk you through a horror or Halloween-themed movie they adore. The goal is to both celebrat

‘Creepshow’ Excels In Streaming Format, Providing Fun Callbacks and Intriguing Premises

The first shot we see in the Shudder revival of Creepshow is the crate from the 1982 horror-comedy anthology film directed by the late and great George Romero. Soon after, an animatronic model of “The Creep” greets you with a whole assortment of comics and tales. With the current onslaught of remakes and reboots fighting to grab the attention of the limited time we all have, it was only fitting for Creepshow to find its way into a streaming format. Revered for its ability to merge the worlds of comedy and horror from some of the genre’s greatest minds, Shudder has provided a platform for a new generation.

‘Joker’ is an intriguing and terrifying look at a man giving into madness

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the director strove to place the character’s story within a realistic and darker tone. Since then, Warner Brothers/DC has had a love-hate relationship with darker films. With the much-storied backlash against 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the behind the scenes drama of 2017’s Justice League, the studio had to strike a medium between the hardness of their stories and the needs of their audience. With the success of Deadpool films and Wolve

'Child's Play' is a modernized and satisfying take on an old horror classic

The 1988 original Child’s Play is held as a classic to many horror fans across generations. Even with a very public and messy battle with creator Don Mancini, work on the modern day version of this story continued. Granted, the most recent entry in the Child’s Play universe is 2017’s Cult of Chucky, so the original timeline is still fresh in many fans’ minds. With all this considered, a Child’s Play remake was facing an uphill battle to where you would have to find a way to modernize it without
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