On Thursdays, we often present a "Thursday Rethink," which encourages you to rethink a film, director, actor, or aspect of cinema culture. In these articles, we briefly set our proposition against a prevailing or established public or critical opinion, an individual assessment, or even our own judgments and perceptions. We then offer you three reasons to rethink the film, actor, or director, or three intriguing points to consider about it. What's more important than convincing you is having you engage with the films or cinematic components in a new way.
We also want to hear back from you. These aren't always essays or in-depth formation re-evaluations (although some are). But they are always invitations to consider a different point of view.
Guillermo del Toro's romantic fairy tale has an issues with character motivation, sexuality, and political messaging.
Aren offers a defense of the found-footage horror subgenre, arguing that it's both formally daring and psychologically revealing.
Anders offers a rethink on the well-received action film from earlier this year, finding it disappointing.
Aren offers up a rereading of Guillermo del Toro's gothic romance and horror film.
The movie as it remains today is very different than the cultural meme from 1999.
Aren offers three reasons why Birdman is a failure.
Anton offers a critical counter-reading of Ridley Scott's 1989 thriller.
Aren argues that Spielberg's film was the first blockbuster to tap into the War on Terror.
Anton tempers criticism of the notorious superhero sequel.
Anders offers his reasons for why the current box office reporting system no longer reflects the actual popularity of a movie.
A defense of Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned sequel to his 1993 classic.
Aren points out his issues with mumblecore.
Mel Gibson’s controversial film is full of meaningful violence.
Bryan Singer’s Oscar-winning thriller is a fraud.
Contrary to popular wisdom, the first Star Wars prequel is an exceptional work of entertainment.