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    Sunday Scaries: Reflecting On The ‘Cloverfield’ Hype Fifteen Years Later

    If you are of a certain age, you definitely remember seeing this for the first time: Even if you remember literally nothing else about the movie Cloverfield itself, released around this time fifteen years ago, you still remember the firestorm of speculation that followed this teaser trailer for what looked like a found footage disaster […] More

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    Get Woke, Go… Oh, Wait

    Ah, man. This is unfortunate. Remember Gina Carano? That poor, victimized millionaire freethinker who was canceled by the Woke Left for pulling a whoopsie-doodle antisemitism and transphobia in a very public way? She had to strike out on her own after the notoriously outspoken lefty activists at The Walt Disney Corporation wouldn’t let her continue […] More

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    Perfecting the Wheel in 2022

    For those of you who haven’t checked them out yet, the rest of the Awards Radar staff writers have unveiled their own top ten films of last year. Unlike the more eclectic lists of 2021, several common favorites popped up at or near the very top this time around: RRR, The Fabelmans, and Everything Everywhere […] More

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    On the Radar… (Beginning of the Year Edition)

    Well, folks, 2023 is upon us! I know we’re all still focused on the Oscar race ramping up and Kevin McCarthy’s embarrassing attempts to try to become the next Speaker of the House, but between now and The Big Night, we will have quite a few interesting releases to keep an eye on. Will any […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: The Best Performances in Horror For 2022

    Happy New Year, horror lovers! Last month, Joey shared his top ten favorite scary movies released last year, with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s legacyquel Scream coming out on top. At the risk of getting a little too end-of-year-list crazy, I’d like to share my own horror-related “rankings,” this time focused on the acting that […] More

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    On the Radar… (December Edition)

    It’s December! You know what that means: late-breaking Oscar contenders! And man oh man do we have a lot of them coming down the pipeline in the next few weeks. Literally every single movie I decided to cover this month has a very real shot at a Best Picture nomination, and all but one of […] More

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    Make This Movie: A Brutally Honest Sequel to ‘The Social Network’

    Most people who’ve read my work for a while know that I am getting tired of Hollywood’s addiction to sequels and the serialization of every successful film of the last fifty years. But that doesn’t mean I’m reflexively opposed to all sequels. More that I believe the vast majority of them don’t justify their own […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: Robert’s True Crime Serial Killer “Holy Trinity”

    The prediction that tipped Joey over to besting me in our Cannes Film Festival prediction pool earlier this year was his very astute sense that Zar Amir-Ebrahimi would win the Prix D’interprétation Feminine for the true crime drama Holy Spider. Thankfully, it’s starting to expand wide in the United States, and you can count on […] More

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    On the Radar… (November Edition)

    So. What are we doing this month, my beautiful readers? Are we resigning ourselves to letting the fascists back into Congress? Do we let the U.S. Senate make room for a daytime talk show snake oil grifter and the author of a hateful, classist book that was adapted into… wow, I can’t even call it […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: Lamenting the Allegory

    Note: Spoilers for Hellraiser and The Invisible Man are discussed. I want to expand a bit on my recently-reiterated frustration with many late-stage “Elevated Horror” movies becoming more explicit in their thematic messaging, bordering on didactic patronizing. At worst, this will result in an overlong, pretentious, dour slog that isn’t scary and is more interested […] More

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    Sunday Scaries: “Evil Never Dies” But It Can Sure Get Musty

    Note: Spoilers ahead for Halloween Ends. Boy oh boy Halloween Ends seems to have provoked the intensely polarized reactions that Joey predicted it would. Some fans are furious that this is the swan song for Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and the iconic embodiment of capital-E Evil Personified Michael Myers: Though others have joined Joey […] More

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