Retrospective: The Wolfman and the Invisible Man on the Big Screen

By Joan Amenn Universal Studios released a few of their most iconic horror films back into theaters this month and yesterday the double feature was “The Wolfman” (1941) and “The Invisible Man” (1933). These two films represent bookends of the genre, in a sense. One focuses on the theme of humanity delving into forbidden knowledge, specifically through science. The other’s plot suggests that there are … Continue reading Retrospective: The Wolfman and the Invisible Man on the Big Screen

ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 5: The Babadook

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 debut feature film “The Babadook” is a hauntingly beautiful tale of a depressed mother and her young son. In a lot of ways, it’s a classic ghost story, but the deeper meaning Kent infuses takes the film to the next level. Essie Davis gives a stellar performance as Amelia, a widowed single mother facing a deep depression. Her son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), is a point of grief for Amelia since her husband died on the way to the hospital while she was in labor. Not only is Amelia left without her partner, she is left with Samuel, a constant reminder of her husband that also looks like him.  Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 5: The Babadook