Flashforward: July’s Most Anticipated Films

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Before jumping into this month’s movies, I wanted to plug a new app gaining some buzz that effortlessly enables my movie addiction. Top Movies – A Zoomable Timeline of Movies by Edward Marks (free on iOS), lays out an interactive list of films from the past 100 years in an easily…

Film Noir: Defining a Genre

Be honest, we all have our own guilty pleasures when it comes time for movie night. I’ll freely admit my love of B-level sci-fi action movies with their awesome images and terrible plots. The affection I have for these movies sprouts from my decreasing attention span and the ever improving abilities of cinematic special effects. Who…

The Legend of Hercules (2014): Have we hit rock bottom?

Apparently the well of sword-and-shield-mythology-epics never runs dry in Hollywood. Even after Clash of the Titans (2010, RT 28%), Immortals (2011, RT 35%), and Wrath of the Titans (2012, RT 25%), there are still four of these collections of moving images (saying film is a stretch) slated for release this year with Pompeii (RT 27%), 300: Rise of an Empire (RT 41%), The Legend…

Flashforward: May’s Most Anticipated Films

We have a few more months until summer officially starts, but the summer movie season is already well underway. The first wave of big name blockbusters hits theaters all month with some of the year’s biggest names and franchises debuting over the next few weeks. Talking with a friend over coffee last weekend, I confessed my…

Part 2. The Girl on Fire vs The Boy Who Lived

As promised, Flashback/Backslide has returned with the followup to Part 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where I offered my brief review of the second installment in The Hunger Games movie franchise. Now I’d like to tackle a topic in which I’ve been interested for some time. What fascinates me about The Hunger Games is the…