The Simpsons – “A Streecar Named Marge”

The Simpsons – “A Streetcar Named Marge” All right, confession time: my very first exposure to Tennesse Williams’s classic play A Streetcar Named Desire came from this episode of The Simpsons. I am a 90s kid, no apologies. So after finally getting around to watching the great Elia Kazan film adaptation, I had to revisit … Continue reading

Final Destination series

This article was originally published on 12ft.dwende.com on 12 August 2011. Sometimes you don’t need a guy in a hockey mask or the ghost of a murderer to haunt your dreams. Sometimes things like a mask of human skin and a chainsaw or an endless knowledge of slasher film trivia are just overkill. Sometimes all … Continue reading

My Big Ass Oscar Article 2012

If you want to know what I felt were the best movies of the year etc. then that’s a different article altogether (one that can be read here). This is about the Oscars. For most categories, I just offer a quick pick for what WILL win and a brief explanation for why I think that. … Continue reading

Charade (1963)

Charade (1963) – Stanley Donen’s Charade has been called “the best Hitchcock movie that he never made.” (For the record, I disagree and would nominate Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Les diaboliques instead.) Still though, there is a certain Hitchcockian feel to certain aspects of the story. Audrey Hepburn plays Reggie, a recent widow. She returns from a … Continue reading

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me to Hell (2009) — Hmmm, I wonder if the two identical envelopes will get mixed up at some point…  Alfred Hitchcock believed that suspense existed when the viewer knows something the characters in the movie don’t know.  Now maybe that’s true (certainly worked for Hitch) but I think it becomes somewhat nullified when … Continue reading

Cape Fear (1991)

Cape Fear (1991) — Well well, I watched the 1962 suspense classic Cape Fear the other day and what should I see on cable later on than Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake?  There is much to like and some other things not to like in the more modern update.  Robert DeNiro takes over for Robert Mitchum … Continue reading