Film Review: Holiday Horror with “Krampus”

Traditionally, horror movies are morality tales writ large for the big screen (and to create some sort of impact on the generally teen audiences that frequent the genre). A classic horror trope has summer camp counselors, virile teens or 20-somethings, who generally die based on whether they are good or not. Act badly, be a mean person, fail to be kind to small animals and children, and you’ll get your karmic comeuppance on screen, generally…Read More

Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Fair disclosure: I adore the original 1947 version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Danny Kaye in the title role. I think it’s one of his very best performances, and the recent remaster makes the film look bright, vibrant and smart. In the original, based on a short story by James Thurber, Mitty works at a book publishing company that produces pulp magazines like “True Detective” and “Crimes and Criminals” and is prone…Read More