Holmes and Watson (2018)

Holmes and Watson (2018)
“The Game (of Genre) is Afoot, or Will Ferrell ‘a-starting’” In my course on academic film criticism, I critique popular reviewing as a “say nothing” enterprise; the practice often reduces to “the film was good [or bad].” The problem with such evaluative criticism is that without a methodology for determining what good or bad might ...

Nerve (2016)

Nerve (2016)
“The Social Media Lighthouse” The new teen-pic, Nerve (directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman) concerns Vee (Emma Roberts), a lower middle-class high school senior from Staten Island whose wild friend introduces her to an underground internet fad. In the game, “Nerve” anonymous watchers dare players like Vee to perform increasingly dangerous stunts, the goal ...