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The Celtic Predator

I love movies, music, video games, and big, scary creatures.
The Celtic Predator has written 517 posts for Express Elevator to Hell

In Wine, There is Truth: A Few Thoughts on Casual Drinking

I didn’t drink much prior to attending college; in the United States, where the legal drinking age is 21, consuming beverages containing 4.5-55% (9-110 proof) alcohol while underage isn’t a challenge so long as you procure a fake ID or maintain friendships with older peers. I grew up in a small (~15,000 people) Midwestern town … Continue reading

‘Marriage Story’ & ‘Little Women’ (2019): A Romantic Double-Review

Directed by: Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Produced by: David Heyman, Noah Baumbach [1], Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, Robin Swicord [2] Screenplay: by Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern1-2, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever [1], Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sports Documentary Series, or Why I Hate Most Documentaries

In case readers haven’t noticed, I no longer review feature-length documentaries on this site. I may reference a well known documentary filmmaker from time to time (e.g. Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, etc.) or cite particular documentary filmmaking styles (e.g. cinema verite, direct cinema, observational or “fly-on-the-wall” visual approaches, etc.) as they relate to popular narrative … Continue reading

How to Hate (or Love) Movies without Really Trying: Types of Film-Viewing Biases

As both a celebration of my 500th(!) post on this website and as a reaction to numerous criticisms of the widespread “movie-review format,” today I shall analyze what I perceive are the major types of biases that corrupt viewers’ interpretation and enjoyment of films. I published my 500th essay last month, yet never found the … Continue reading

‘Dolemite is My Name’ (2019): Review

Directed by: Craig Brewer || Produced by: Eddie Murphy, John Davis, John Fox Screenplay by: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski || Starring: Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes Music by: Scott Bomar || Cinematography: Eric Steelberg || Edited by: Billy Fox || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ (2019): Review and A ‘Star Wars’ Retrospective Analysis

Directed by: J. J. Abrams || Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan Screenplay by: J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio || Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian … Continue reading

‘War’ (2019): Review

Directed by: Siddharth Anand || Produced by: Aditya Chopra Screenplay by: Abbas Tyrewala, Shridhar Raghavan, Siddharth Anand || Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Anupriya Goenka, Dipannita Sharma, Soni Razdan Music by: Vishal-Shekhar, Sanchit Balhara, Ankit Balhara || Cinematography: Benjamin Jasper || Edited by: Aarif Sheikh || Country: India || Language: Hindi … Continue reading

‘2.0’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Shankar Shanmugan || Produced by: Allirajah Subaskaran Screenplay by: Shankar Shanmugan, Bahuleyan Jeyamohan, Madhan Karky || Starring: Rajinkanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Ishari K. Ganesh, Kalabhavan Shajohn Music by: A. R. Rahman || Cinematography: Nirav Shah || Edited by: Lewellyn Anthony Gonzalvez || Country: India || Language: Tamil Running … Continue reading

‘Doctor Sleep’ (2019): Review

Directed by: Mike Flanagan || Produced by: Trevor Macy, Jon Berg Screenplay by: Mike Flanagan || Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood Music by: The Newton Brothers || Cinematography: Michael Fimognari || Edited by: Mike Flanagan || Country: United States || Language: English … Continue reading

‘Joker’ (2019): Review

Directed by: Todd Phillips || Produced by: Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Screenplay by: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver || Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge Music by: Hildur Guonadottir || Cinematography: Lawrence Sher || Edited by: Jeff Groth || Country: United States || Language: English … Continue reading