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The Celtic Predator

I love movies, music, video games, and big, scary creatures.
The Celtic Predator has written 534 posts for Express Elevator to Hell

‘Burn Out’ (2017): A Motor Vehicle Crime Drama

Directed by: Yann Gozlan || Produced by: Wassim Beji, Thibault Gast, Matthias Weber Screenplay by: Yann Gozlan, Guillaume Lemans || Starring: Francois Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem, Samuel Jouy, Narcisse Mame, Nael Rabia, Sam Louwyck Music by: Gregoire Auger || Cinematography by: Antoine Roch || Edited by: Valentin Feron || Country: France, Belgium || Language: … Continue reading

My COVID-19 Watch-List

Greetings, pandemic survivors! For those of you sheltering in place, self-quarantining, or otherwise distancing yourself from physical human contact, now is the time to embrace your inner couch potato, whether you’ve been laid off or are fortunate enough to work from home. Cinephilia is a useful hobby passion during times like these, so for those … Continue reading

Why do I like Ultraviolent Action Scenes & Super Fancy Musical Numbers?

A prominent feature of my cinephilia is my affection for two seemingly unrelated film genres: The action movie and the film musical. The key word in the previous sentence is “seemingly,” because while action and musical films may attract different audiences and imply disparate narrative tones, the core of their appeal and their overarching visual … Continue reading

Revisiting Nine Inch Nails

I don’t know why I want to do these things, other than my desire to escape from Small Town, U.S.A., to dismiss the boundaries, to explore. It isn’t a bad place where I grew up, but there was nothing going on but the cornfields. My life experience came from watching movies, watching TV and reading … Continue reading

My Take on Live-Action Reboots of Animated Disney Titles

Live-action reboots of famous animated titles are not a revolutionary idea in the Hollywood studio system, but mainstream audiences have recognized a significant increase in their production, which coincided with the rise of intellectual property (IP) remakes, reboots, and re-adaptations more generally. I have, in essence, given up complaining about Tinsel Town’s lack of artistic … Continue reading

‘Sin City’ (2005): Another Tiresome, Overrated Nostalgia-Fest from Robert Rodriguez

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller || Produced by: Elizabeth Avellan, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Screenplay by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez || Starring: Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood Music by: John Debney, Graeme Revell, Robert Rodriguez || Cinematography: Robert Rodriguez || Edited by: Robert Rodriguez … Continue reading

‘Frontera Verde’ (2019): A Unique Genre-Blending Crime Drama

Created by: Jenny Ceballos, Mauricio Leiva-Cock, Diego Ramirez-Schrempp || Written by: Gibran Portela, Maria Camila Arias, Camila Bruges, Anton Goenechea, Javier Penalosa, Natalia Santa, Nicolas Serrano Directed by: Laura Mora Ortega, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Ciro Guerra || Starring: Juana del Rio, Nelson Camayo, Angela Cano, Miguel Dionisio Ramos, Gabriella Campagna, Bruno Clairefond, Andres Crespo, Marcela … Continue reading

‘The Gentlemen’ (2019): The Return of the English Crime Comedy

Directed by: Guy Ritchie || Produced by: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Bill Block Screenplay by: Guy Ritchie || Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant Music by: Christopher Benstead || Cinematography: Alan Stewart || Edited by: James Herbert || Country: United Kingdom, United States || … Continue reading

How Long Should a Cinematic Narrative Be?

When reviewing movies, television shows, mini-series, etc., I am conscientious of the fact I repeat several criticisms across many projects. Feature-length films in particular (~1.5-2.5 hours, on average), I feel, struggle with the “right” amount of storytelling to fit into a “proper” running time; while exceptions of long, purposefully meandering films like Gone with the … Continue reading

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