My Date with Drew: TCM, Twitter, and Hate Watching

I never would have assumed that tweeting “With all due respect to the #TCMParty folk, Drew Barrymore deserves more respect” would have cost me five hours of my life and brought me the attention of a cyber stalker.  On the evening of May 11th, I fired that tweet off into the … Continue reading

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival: Suggestion Box

The fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was a fast and furious affair that paid tremendous dividends for Golden Age cinephiles.  Cultural Transmogrifier‘s chief film critic, Drew Morton, and writer Nicole Alvarado break down their experiences (which included over twelve movies across four days, celebrity Q&As, and too many cocktails by … Continue reading

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day Four

The fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was a fast and furious affair that paid tremendous dividends for Golden Age cinephiles.  Cultural Transmogrifier‘s chief film critic, Drew Morton, and writer Nicole Alvarado break down their experiences (which included over twelve movies across four days, celebrity Q&As, and too many cocktails by … Continue reading

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day Three

The fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was a fast and furious affair that paid tremendous dividends for Golden Age cinephiles.  Cultural Transmogrifier‘s chief film critic, Drew Morton, and writer Nicole Alvarado break down their experiences (which included over twelve movies across four days, celebrity Q&As, and too many cocktails by … Continue reading

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day Two

The fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was a fast and furious affair that paid tremendous dividends for Golden Age cinephiles.  Cultural Transmogrifier‘s chief film critic, Drew Morton, and writer Nicole Alvarado break down their experiences (which included over twelve movies across four days, celebrity Q&As, and too many cocktails … Continue reading

2013 TCM Classic Film Festival: Day One

The fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was a fast and furious affair that paid tremendous dividends for Golden Age cinephiles.  Cultural Transmogrifier‘s chief film critic, Drew Morton, and writer Nicole Alvarado break down their experiences (which included over twelve movies across four days, celebrity Q&As, and too many cocktails … Continue reading

‘Side Effects’ Review: The Pills Won’t Help You Now

After 24 years in the movie business, indie film maverick and occasional Hollywood heavyweight Steven Soderbergh is calling it quits. Rising to prominence with sex, lies, and videotape—the film that helped launch the American independent film renaissance of the early 90s—at the ripe age of 26, Soderbergh’s career quickly fell back … Continue reading

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review: Bin Laden—Dead or Alive—by Any Means Necessary?

Like Django Unchained, the reception of Zero Dark Thirty has been clouded by a question of whether or not the film endorses torture by depicting it as a viable tool in the decade long search for terrorist Osama bin Laden. According to Senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, and Carl Levin—who sent a letter … Continue reading

‘Django Unchained’ Review: Confronting the Taboo of Slavery

Spike Lee has long been one of Quentin Tarantino’s detractors. When Jackie Brown was released, the African-American film director attacked Tarantino for including the N-Word roughly 40 times. Now, in the wake of the release of Django Unchained (Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western riff on slavery; think Inglourious Basterds set in the antebellum south), … Continue reading

Playing Catch Up: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Room 237’, and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

The transition from Los Angeles to Texarkana has robbed me of my enviable position to see platform releases early in their run. Thus, when I went to Austin in early November for an academic conference, I spent much of my time at the local cinema. I needed to catch up … Continue reading