Michael Henry Wilson had an immutable love of movies, and his work testified to his relentless desire to occupy the middle zone between fantasy and history. Wilson favored American cinema, probably because it’s the one that most perfectly fulfilled the aspirations of his writing: to paint on a broad canvas yet with minute strokes.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a genuine comic book movie, turning the colorful art of Steve Ditko into a blasting three-dimensional spectacle, albeit one with considerable heart.
"Today a lot of shorts run in the structure of a joke, a brief set up preceding a punch line. Or they are stepping-stones to make a feature, a teaser or a snippet of an action scene of a bigger story. But I wanted to make something completely satisfying, beginning, middle and end, all within...
The ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ or ‘Metacritic’ effect means, beyond their initial critical reception, films are often denied the opportunity to reach their intended audiences. This year I cannot think of a film more critically maligned and shamelessly overlooked than M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.
Theo Zenou looks at the oeuvre of Mel Gibson, master of the historical epic.
Theo Zenou reviews Tony Scott's vampire thriller, The Hunger, screening tomorrow at Lincoln Center, as part of their Midnight Movies series.
Theo Zenous reviews Nicolas Refn's violently polarizing latest feature, Only God Forgives.
Theo Zenou reviews John McNaughton's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, part of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Midnight Movies series.
Theo Zenou looks back at the essence of the sci-fi franchise in order to appraise its latest incarnation.
One of Hollywood's greatest director/star duos gets a retrospective at BAM this weekend. Theo Zenou revisits the subversive sentimentality of four Douglas Sirk classics starring Rock Hudson.