Annual White Mainstream Holiday Movie Checklist

Here are all the time-honored tropes in one convenient checklist


#the Tao of Murray

“Amongst his many deific duties, Murray plays poet and maharishi to the various extraterrestrial corporate entities that run our universe. He keeps them merciful.”

‘ROTTEN: Chapter One’ Now Online

“The first entry in the throwback mystery saga, starring Thomas Speed, Ivana Bellorado, and Mike Mike, written by Joel Amat Güell and Jayme Karales, and directed by Jayme Karales, is now online.”


“Every night he asks me the same question. “Will you sleep with me?”

REVIEW – THE CINEMATOLOGIST: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

“After publicly speaking out against Ghostbusters and Paul Feig last week–which resulted in being blocked by the Ghostbusters director on Twitter–The Cinematologist is back this week with a review for the remake/reboot of the 1984 Ivan Reitman classic.”

Have a Short Film or Web Series?

“We are currently accepting pitches and samples of scripted, self-produced short films and both scripted and unscripted web-series (currently airing or not) for online distribution.”

Santa Sangre: An Appreciation

“Where other films would shy away from the weird or cut away before things get ugly, Jodorowsky grabs the viewer by the collar and drags them into the thick of it.”

#JeSuisCinema: A Tribute to Film

“This is a film about the power of cinema, and I wanted to attempt to create some form of narrative within these great clips of cinema by actually, quite literally, showing the power it has.”

‘Taxi Driver’: A Look Back

“Taxi Driver is one of the most gripping, enthralling, perfect films I’ve ever seen. It is, quite simply, the greatest crime film ever made, and it represents the dizzying peak of every fantastic career involved.”

How To Stop Falling Asleep During Old Movies

” If you love movies, your face shouldn’t go blank when someone mentions Godard. If you love movies, your eyes will perk up when you read “Well, nobody’s perfect.” If you love movies, you probably don’t need this article.”

How ‘Twilight’ Fucked, Saved, Made Me

“Like most boys I hated Twilight, and like most boys it wasn’t because of it’s lack of cinematic value. Saying ‘it’s stupid’ was just a front to cover up my true feelings about the popularity of the movie.”

‘Cloverfield’ Sequel’s Official Trailer Released

“Paramount stunned audiences by releasing a new surprise trailer attached to Michael Bay‘s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The trailer is for a new science fiction thriller from JJ Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot titled 10 Cloverfield Lane.”

The Act of Paying Homage

“There is the counter-argument that some may call it ‘stealing;’ that writers and directors who take from films before them are being unoriginal. I believe the act of paying homage lies in the intention of the filmmaker, artist, or even more broadly, creator.”

REVIEW: ‘The End of the Tour’ Is A Hokey, Sentimental Mess

“David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) is a middle-of-the-road author and journalist for Rolling Stone who undergoes the task of doing a feature on Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) at the height of his popularity. Based on Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which detailed the five day encounter and was described as “…a road picture, a love story, a contest” by Maria Bustillos of The Awl, the film fails to capture that essence and, in effect, loses its footing.”

REVIEW: The Green Infern-Oh No!

“So does this film compare to what it seemed to try to be a companion piece to? No, not really. But on that same note, I feel I should also say I don’t feel Cannibal Holocaust is a good film either. It’s shocking and disturbing absolutely, but once you get past that what is there? Not much. But this isn’t a review of Cannibal, it’s a review of The Green Inferno. A film that had good ideas in it, but much like the small Timothy Green, it just couldn’t grow to it’s full potential, and that in my opinion hurts worse than it simply being a bad movie.”

Sundance Reveals Their Midnight Line Up for 2016

“The Sundance Film Festival, known for its prestige and breakout filmmakers, has revealed the roster of their midnight line up. On the list are some recognizable names – notably Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Rob Zombie (Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses), each premiering their new films Yoga Hosers and 31, respectively.”