The Celtic Predator

I love movies, music, video games, and big, scary creatures.
The Celtic Predator has written 449 posts for Express Elevator to Hell

‘Bird Box’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Susanne Bier || Produced by: Chris Morgan, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Clayton Townsend Screenplay by: Eric Heisserer || Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, BD Wong, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘Errementari’ (2017): Review

Directed by: Paul Urkijo Alijo || Produced by: Ortzi Acosta, Alex de la Iglesia, Luis de Oza, Laruent Fumeron, Daniel Goroshko, Gorka Gomez Screenplay by: Paul Urkijo Alijo, Asier Guerricaechevarria || Starring: Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia, Eneko Sagardoy, Ramon Aguirre, Jose Ramon Argoitia, Josean Bengoetxea Music by: Pascal Gaigne || Cinematography: Gorka Gomez || Editing … Continue reading

‘Simmba’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Rohit Shetty || Produced by: Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Rohit Shetty, Apoorva Mehta Screenplay by: Yunus Sajawal, Sajid Samji || Starring: Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana, Siddartha Jadhav, Vaidehi Parshurami, Ulka Gupta Music by: Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George – DJ Chetas, S. Thaman, Amar Mohile, Chandan Saxena || … Continue reading

‘Wolf Warrior 2’ (2017): Review

Directed by: Wu Jing || Produced by: Wu Jing, Jiang Ping, Zhao Haicheng, Li Yang, Zhao Jianjun, Xu Zhiyong, Jing Defu, Liu Kailuo, Deng Hao, Wu Yan Screenplay by: Wu Jing, Dong Qun, Liu Yi || Starring: Wu Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Hans Zhang, Wu Gang, Yu Nan Music by: Joseph Trapanese || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘Roma’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron || Produced by: Alfonso Cuaron, Gabriela Rodriguez, Nicolas Celis Screenplay by: Alfonso Cuaron || Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron || Edited by: Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough || Country: Mexico, United States || Language: Spanish, Mixtec … Continue reading

The Not-So-Magical Theatrical Experience

Time Code = 14:52-18:48 Sooner or later, cinephiles debate with themselves or general moviegoers the merits of seeing films on the big-screen, also known as “the theatrical experience.” These discussions may be more or less frequent depending on the quality of local theatre chains (e.g. Alamo Drafthouse), the quantity of peers’ streaming subscriptions, people’s general … Continue reading

The Bad ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies (The Lost World [1997], Jurassic Park III [2001], Fallen Kingdom [2018]): Triple Review

Directed by: Steven Spielberg [LW], Joe Johnston [JP3], J. A. Bayona [FK] ||¬†Produced by: Gerald R. Molen, Collin Wilson [LW], Kathleen Kennedy, Larry Franco [JP3], Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belen Atienza [FK] Screenplay by: David Koepp [LW], Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor [JP3], Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow [FK] || Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Last Part: Like My Father Before Me

My contemplation on the nature of Jungian shadows, shoulder angels, and facing the temptations of our worst instincts ends with the original Hollywood blockbuster incarnation of negativity: The Return of the Jedi’s (1983) Emperor Palpatine. Arguably the most popular and parodied symbol of evil, authoritarianism, and general villainy in modern pop culture, Ian McDiarmid’s cruel, … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Part II: Let Fear Find You Again

Another series of films that deal with obvious, yet not on-the-nose representations of Jungian shadows or shoulder angels are Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012) franchise. In the broadest terms, the trilogy could be interpreted as a thematic analysis of fear, how it can evolve from an enemy to an ally. Batman Begins¬†introduces this … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Part I: You’re Not a Mistake

“These boys come in here, this is how they survive. They gotta fight for life — kill or be killed. People die in there! Your Daddy died in the ring…”   American writer William Faulkner is credited as saying, “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.” I first … Continue reading