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The Celtic Predator

I love movies, music, video games, and big, scary creatures.
The Celtic Predator has written 430 posts for Express Elevator to Hell

‘Pitch Black’ (2000): Review

Directed by: David Twohy || Produced by: Tom Engelman Screenplay by: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy || Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Claudia Black, Rhiana Griffith, John Moore, Simon Burke Music by: Graeme Revell || Cinematography: David Eggby || Edited by: Rick Shaine || Country: United States || … Continue reading

‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’ (2011): Review

Directed by: Brad Bird || Produced by: Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk Screenplay by: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec ||¬†Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seydoux, Vladimir Mashkov, Samuli Edelmann Music by: Lorne Balf Cinematography: Robert Elswit || Edited by: Paul Hirsch || Country: United States … Continue reading

What Have We Learned? A Psychoanalytic Blog-Retrospective

For those who don’t know, this blog was conceived during a period of great stress and unhappiness in my life, a period from which I have thankfully escaped since Express Elevator to Hell’s “debut” in January, 2013. I have touched on these circumstances in blog posts and pages here and there, some of which remain … Continue reading

‘Soldado’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Stefano Sollima || Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill Screenplay by: Taylor Sheridan || Starring: Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine, Shea Whigham, Elijah Rodriguez, Howard Ferguson Jr., David Castaneda Music by: Hildur Guonadottir || Cinematography: Dariusz … Continue reading

To Defend or Not to Defend The Matrix Sequels?

One of the more divisive, underwhelming followups to a landmark Hollywood trendsetter was the 2003 two-part sequel to the original Matrix (1999). The first Matrix remains one of the defining science-fiction action films of new millennium cinema, holding up to this day as a thinking-man’s high-concept, big-budget genre film, and arguably the most original mainstream … Continue reading

‘Solo’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Ron Howard || Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel Screenplay by: Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan || Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany Music by: John Powell, John Williams || Cinematography: Bradford Young || Edited by: Pietro Scalia || Country: United … Continue reading

10 Film Genres, Ranked by Cinematic Merit

What is cinematic merit? I am searching for a word or phrase that indicates how readily something is to be cinematic. Perhaps a more precise term would be “cinematic inclination,” or the likelihood of an entity possessing attributes of or carrying out actions that are cinematic. The term, cinematic, itself means “relating to” or “having … Continue reading

The Great American Stereotypes

Given how my occasional tangents into politics are often dark and brooding, I’m going to discuss something more positive and upbeat today, all while still taking underhanded jabs at people I don’t know and offending most viewers. I like to find the middle-ground in my writing. Then again, today’s topic isn’t so much “political” as … Continue reading

What’s Your Archetype? Or… Most People are Cats or Dogs

Are you a cat or a dog? You don’t need to be a sociologist or a researcher of artificial selection to know that the domesticated cat and dog (Felis catus and Canis lupis familiaris, respectively) are humanity’s most important, if not most favorite, pets throughout our history. Before you anticipate this post devolving into a … Continue reading

Why ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (1996-2005)…

I recently wrote about my affections for the sitcom television show and pop culture phenomenon that is The Big Bang Theory (2007-present), a show I feel is both overrated and underappreciated by different audiences. In many respects, however, the prism through which I view The Big Bang Theory (henceforth, BBT) and have viewed most every … Continue reading