Undefended: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Patience is a difficult virtue to convey in film. Films have to be intriguing, progressive, suggestive, so patience and waiting don’t always make for riveting viewing. Nonetheless, in a world which moves as fast as ours, patience is essential to living a happy life. As we find ourselves in the middle of Lent, in a…Read On

9 Fine Documentaries You Can Stream For Free.

Dark Days (2011): You’ll just sit there baffled for most of this one. The story of an underground city in New York, Dark Days director Marc Singer somehow found out about and then got access to one of the smallest, most secluded and protective communities of the homeless in NYC and made a documentary about…Read On


How to Watch a Movie like a Critic

When I visited the theater to see Unbroken last December, my teenage ticket salesman complimented me on my choice. “It’s a great movie,” he gushed. Two hours later, I felt sorely tempted to go back and ask him why he thought the movie was so wonderful. Certainly, Unbroken tells a remarkable true story. But compared…Read On


Undefended: Heresies & Blasphemies

This week, five cinematic blasphemies. Your blasphemies, that is. Five opinions about this or that film, this or that actor, this or that director, whatever you like, which are simply unacceptable within the world of film criticism. Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette: Until the last fifteen minutes, Casablanca is a boring film about whining drunkards. The Lion…Read On


Weigh In: Should We Be Concerned About “Christian Movies”?

Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette: Very interesting question. Before I answer, what do you mean by “concerned”? Do you mean concerned as in worried about their bad impact or concerned as in wanting to make more of better quality? Or something completely different? Joshua Gibbs: I nearly asked, “Are Christian movies any good?” but I thought it…Read On

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Is It Okay To Not Like The Classics?

“All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing.” -Ecclesiastes 1:8 You will never read enough. You will never see enough. For some, a tantalizing prospect. For others, a sad frustration. Hang around a classical school long enough and…Read On


Undefended: Movies On Ice.

This week, most of the country is under snow and ice. This week’s Undefended prompt: Top five scenes on snow and ice. Timothy Lawrence: Charlie Foster Kane’s childhood (Citizen Kane) David’s prayers to the Blue Fairy (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) AT-AT attack on the Rebel base (The Empire Strikes Back) Kanji Watanabe singing on the swing…Read On

Undefended: When Do We Actually Need A Remake?

This week, FilmFisher writers were given the following prompt: “There’s way, way too many remakes going on, and nine times out of ten, films are being remade that ought to be left alone. This week, come up with five films made during the Hays Code era (let us agree on a sharp enforcement of this…Read On

Undefended: Five Novels & Five Directors

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to pair up five novels which hadn’t (exactly) been adapted to the screen with the five directors who had the talent to make them come alive on the screen. This prompt inspired quite a bit of back scenes conversation. Fill the comments box below with your own ideas. Joshua…Read On


Undefended: Oscar Picks

Nominations for the Academy Awards were recently announced. This week, a handful of FilmFisher regulars wrote in their own picks for some of the top awards given out at the Oscars. Brian Murnion: Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Original Screenplay: Leviathan Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” Best Lead Actor:…Read On


Undefended: Best Dance Scenes And Dance Sequences

This week, top five dance sequences. As per usual, writers were asked not to repeat previous entries. Remy Wilkins 1. Paul Rudd doing what he do in I Could Never Be Your Woman 2. Clown Dance in All the Real Girls 3. Forest Dance by Andy Samberg in Hot Rod 4. Dancing Outtakes of Sam…Read On


Undefended: Top Five On-Screen Transformations

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to make a list of the top five on-screen cinematic transformations. Here is what they came back with. Thomas Banks 1. Daniel Day-Lewis in anything. 2. Conrad Veidt in “The Man Who Laughs.” 3. Orson Welles in “Othello.” 4. Meg Ryan in “Joe Versus the Volcano.” 5. Ralph Fiennes…Read On


Undefended: Top Five Wes Anderson Movies.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was named one of the five best films of 2014 by several FilmFisher writers. How does it stack up against Wes Anderson’s other work? This week, a handful of writers made lists of their favorite Anderson pictures: Remy Wilkins: Wes Anderson’s films are funny all over the place so my favorites…Read On


America in Microcosm: The Films of P. T. Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson seemed to leap from southern California fully formed as a filmmaker. His first short-film,which was financed by his father, a girlfriend’s credit card and other donors, was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and landed him funding for a full length feature. Since then and over the course of six films he…Read On


How To Write A Movie Review.

In the last year, I’ve tried to enlist several friends to write for FilmFisher, and on more than a few occasions, one of those friends has hesitated, “I’ve never written a movie review.” For any number of reasons, people are intimidated by the idea of writing a film review because it seems an unfamiliar genre…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Best Movies You Saw This Year.

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to make a list of the 5 best movies they saw this year. Some made lists of movies which came out in 2014, some made lists which included both 2014 as well as films from previous years which they only got around to seeing this year. Please feel free…Read On


Undefended: Race Relations.

This week, five movies that do a fine job exploring race relations. Sean Johnson: 1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner 2. To Kill A Mockingbird 3. Glory 4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 5. ET   James Banks: 1. The Last of the Mohicans 2. Gran Torino 3. Cry, the Beloved Country 4. The Outlaw…Read On


Undefended: Movies So Bad, They’re Good.

This week, movies that are so bad that they’re good. A few of these selections will probably be offensive. Joseph Gross 1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- Abraham Lincoln fights a vampire on top of a stampede of horses and reveals that his ax is also a shotgun. 2. Battlefield Earth- “Crap-lousy ceiling! I thought I…Read On


Undefended: Greatest Sci-Fi Pictures Of The Last 25 Years.

This week, Interstellar rocketed into the top 20 spots on IMDB’s Top 250. Our writers were asked to make a list of the best sci-fi pictures of the last 25 years. As is the new way of things, first come, first serve. No repeats allowed. Elizabeth Stinnette 1. Back to the Future 2. The Matrix…Read On