The Spectator

Critic’s Corner: 11 Silly Halloween Movies That Won’t Make You Pee Your Pants

Kellie Cox, Author

October 21, 2013

Most of my friends don’t share my love of all things morbid. My whole life, I’ve been attracted to creepy things—as a child, my favorite television show was “So Weird” and Goosebumps was my book series of choice. I often fall asleep watching “The Ring” and “Paranormal Activity.” Just last month I read through the Wikipedia pages...

Critic’s Corner: Stunts Gone Wrong

Kellie Cox, Author

October 17, 2013

Earlier this week, Brad Pitt’s stuntman was stabbed with a bayonet on the set of “Fury,” Pitt’s upcoming film. The 35-year-old was rushed to a hospital near Pyrton, Oxfordshire after the accident and officials say the stabbing will not be treated as a crime. Over half of film-related injuries and deaths befall stuntmen who make a living...

Critic’s Corner: Eight Scary Movie Re-Enactments That Will Liven Up October

Kellie Cox, Author

October 14, 2013

Sometimes, life just doesn’t seem scary enough. This Halloween, spice up your fall by re-enacting these pivotal—and harmless—scenes from famous horror movies: 8. Run through a corn field with a leaf blowerTexas Chainsaw Massacre • New Line CinemaLook how happy he is. Make like Leatherface and frolic in an empty field with a leaf blower. All you...

Critic’s Corner: A Collection of Films About Corrupt (and Inept) Politicians

Kellie Cox, Author

October 10, 2013

It’s been 10 days since a small group of stubborn U.S. senators shut down our government. The shutdown has proven once and for all that our government officials are nothing but a stumbling group of idiots more concerned with their own egos than the people they profess to serve. At this 10-day point, some civilians are still furloughed, Obama is probably...

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Critic’s Corner: ‘The Summit’ Takes Tragedy to New Heights

October 7, 2013

Near the climax of “The Summit,” climber Cecilie Skog compares the dangers of extreme mountain climbing to driving. We see...

From Tassels to Tokyo: Pole Dancers Try for a Leg-up at the Olympics

From Tassels to Tokyo: Pole Dancers Try for a Leg-up at the Olympics

October 2, 2013

In 2003, Krisha CatZen put her life on hold for a pole dancing class in California. She took time off of work and drove down...

Critic's Corner: 10 Premature Oscar Predictions

Critic’s Corner: 10 Premature Oscar Predictions

September 30, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis Joel and Ethan Coen’s newest film “Inside Llewyn Davis” is already making some serious critical waves. ...

Fall Fashion 2013

Fall Fashion 2013

September 26, 2013

TALL BOOTS The knee-high boot is back, y’all. This fall, boots are hitting right below the knee, or even above. Thos...

Critic’s Corner: Existential tiger takes WET

Kellie Cox, Author

September 23, 2013

Bushes trimmed in the shape of zoo animals peek over the walls of Saddam Hussein’s elaborate and abandoned garden. The silhouettes of God’s creatures—the giraffe, the elephant and so forth—loom overhead as a tiger questions their maker’s divine plan—what kind of God creates a predator and then punishes him for preying? Musa (Erwin Galan), Saddam H...

Ain’t No Party Like Aaron’s Party

April 17, 2013

When my friends and I arrived at El Corazon, the bouncer asked us which concert we were going to. My friends, too embarrassed...

Critic’s Corner: ‘Evil Dead’ is Gory-ous

Kellie Cox, Author

April 11, 2013

“Evil Dead” is stupid—the violence is absurd, the dialogue is corny and the story is cliché. But that’s exactly why it’s so great. “Evil Dead” follows drug addict Mia (Jane Levy) who, with the help of her friends and older brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), decides to spend the weekend at her family’s isolated cabin in an attempt...

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Critic’s Corner: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

March 13, 2013

Like so many fun things in life, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is just a little bit sexist. A prequel to Frank Baum’s "The Wo...

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