The Promise and Peril of VOD


Video on demand (VOD) is the latest incarnation of the direct-to-video industry that followed the widespread adoption of VHS and VCRs. Like direct-to-video movies, these are often marginal releases highlighting so-so-to-quite-bad work. Every once in a while, however, you might find something that moves you.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cinema

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in the motion picture 'The Awful Truth' / AP

Growing up I idolized Cary Grant, going so far as to pinch my chin in an attempt to mimic the cleft in his. Every family movie night I would offer a film starring Grant or one of his contemporaries. Who could turn down classics like Roman Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, or obscure but still great films like Thirty-Day Princess and Wedding Present? Reflecting back, I can’t help but think my decision to become a journalist must have been influenced on some subconscious level by those films, many of which were about journalism.

The Unmaking of an American Classic

Independence Day: Resurgence

I’m not really one for sentimentalized or ritualized viewing. I’ll usually catch a showing of A Christmas Story over the holiday season and I make sure to watch Die Hard during the summer blockbuster months, as God intended. But life’s too short to demand that one sit down and repetitively re-watch something every year.

‘The Shallows’ Review

The Shallows

In a summer of retreads—in which mid-budget, unmemorable sequels (Ride Along 2, The Conjuring 2) and bloated, forgettable sequels (Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse) battle for scraps—it’s nice to get something tiny, something new, something borrowed, something true.