The Perfect Comic-Book Movie. The Avengers, Reviewed.

1. The Avengers is a superhero movie so fun, full of so much pure fanboy-wank joy wrapped up in an accessible, relentlessly entertaining package, that I'm not sure anybody needs to make any more comic-book movies; this one might wrap it up. (One suspects they'll still find a way.) Made by and for—but, crucially, not » 5/04/12 12:59pm 5/04/12 12:59pm

Joss Whedon: Revenge Of The Nerd

Five years ago, Joss Whedon's career wasn't going so well. The man behind the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had recently written and directed Serenity, a big-screen version of his short-lived series Firefly. It was his feature directing debut, and it was a commercial disappointment. Not long after, Warner … » 5/01/12 4:15pm 5/01/12 4:15pm

Do You Like Self-Conscious Scary Movies? The Cabin In The Woods,…

Sixteen years ago, I saw Scream for the first time. I loved it. Not only was it funny and smart, it felt like a game-changer: a movie that exploded all the conventions of its genre while at the same time being a really good example of its genre. By pointing out all the clichés of horror movies, Scream rewrote the rules, … » 4/10/12 2:40pm 4/10/12 2:40pm