THE LONE RANGER Stumbles Between Cynicism and Buffoonery

  Johnny Depp once made a western about a man who was in a sense a walking ghost, a man on a quest for his ultimate destiny, as guided by a loyal Native American companion. The year was 1995 and the film was Jim Jarmusch’s DEAD MAN. It was a brilliant and unconventional film, one that probably wouldn’t appeal to the masses. Nevertheless, I found the film to be alternately thought-provoking, beautiful and funny. That was when Johnny Depp made good movies. Now, once again Johnny Depp has made a western about a man who is in a sense of … Continue reading THE LONE RANGER Stumbles Between Cynicism and Buffoonery

Review – The HATCHET Trilogy

  Consider me a convert to the cult of Victor Crowley and a proud supporter of the Hatchet Army. About six years ago, Adam Green’s HATCHET was released. It may have just been a passing curiosity to mainstream filmgoers. But to a die-hard horror fan like myself, it peaked my interest. This was a time when most of the horror films being released to theaters were severely lacking in creativity (not that we’re necessarily in a golden age now). And HATCHET’s poster stated bluntly, “It’s not a remake. It’s not a sequel. And it’s not based on a Japanese one.” … Continue reading Review – The HATCHET Trilogy

What Marvel Does Right (And Why No One Else Is Doing It)

While writing about big budget blockbusters might seem antithetical to the Adventure Without Shame credo, it really isn’t. Lack of creativity or imagination is what often leads to moviocrity. This article gives a brief history lesson and highlights the importance of keeping the creative minds in control. There is a debate going on, arguing about whether superheroes on film are here to stay or whether they are a fad that will soon burn itself out. In order to answer this question, it is important to look at the current state of superhero cinema. How did it get here and why … Continue reading What Marvel Does Right (And Why No One Else Is Doing It)