Author: Joshua Bell

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

So by now, most of you probably have had a chance to see Iron Man 3. Which is good, because I don’t want to just beat around the bush for four paragraphs and end up saying little more than “it’s really good, but I can’t be too specific on why”.

Evil Dead (2013)

“Horror remakes are not generally well-liked. I realize that’s about as obvious an observation as noting that some people aren’t terribly fond of puppy-killing, but it’s true all the same.”

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

“I can think of no other apt way to describe Beautiful Creatures than ‘the anti-Twilight’. It’s what it has very intentionally set out to be, in the same way that The Golden Compass set out to be the anti-Narnia.”

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

“It's a film which should be notable because, if nothing else, it’s the first time I’ve seen someone take the idea of the audience rooting for the killer to its logical extreme. They actually manage to frame the story so that the cannibals are the lesser of two evils.”

VIDEO: The greatest movie of all time?

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is now apparently the greatest movie of all time, but does it deserve that honor? And while we're at it, did Citizen Kane deserve that honor in the first place? And is it really possible to call any movie the greatest movie of all time?

VIDEO: John Carter (2012)

We dig into Joshua's Movie Madhouse archives (back when it was known as Anarchy at the Movies) for Disney's underwhelming adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel that inspired countless sci-fi adventure films, John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins.

VIDEO: Mars Attacks! (1996)

On this special Halloween episode of The Lunatic Fringe, Josh talks about a film from Tim Burton's so called "Golden Age". Beware the movie with no protagonist! The movie that's hates its characters with a passion! The movie... known as Mars Attacks!

VIDEO: The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Lunatic Fringe takes a look at Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects, a mystery/crime thriller about a heist gone wrong that became famous for its big twist ending. Unfortunately, Joshua has some major problems with that ending. Naturally, this review contains major SPOILERS! for a 17 year old movie. And also, Bruce Willis is a ghost.

VIDEO: Taken 2 (2012)

On this episode of Movie Madhouse, Josh examines Taken 2, the follow-up to that one movie you remember from a few years ago with that one scene. Back for a pointless, ever-so-slightly xenophobic sequel, Liam Neeson is... the Taken guy.