Sand and Blood: THE MUMMY

By Jared M. Gordon The Mummy – 1999 – dir. Stephen Sommers Whether it’s action, romance, or angry, angry beetles, Stephen Sommers’s 1999 hit The Mummy has what you’re looking for.  Marketed as a next-generation’s Indiana Jones, The Mummy succeeds … Continue reading

CASABLANCA: Valentine’s Day in Morocco

By Jared M. Gordon Casablanca -1942 – dir. Michael Curtiz Enough of whether Valentine’s Day was invented by greeting card companies, created in St. Valentine’s dark laboratory of evil science, or if “Valentine’s Day should be every day” in a … Continue reading

THE SWEET HEREAFTER and the Cinema of Confinement

By Jared M. Gordon The Sweet Hereafter – 1997 – dir. Atom Egoyan (Filmmaker and author quotes from DVD commentary) Adapted from a Russell Banks book and directed by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter is the sublime, aching … Continue reading


By Jared M. Gordon Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 2008 – dir. Steven Spielberg It was only a matter of time, I suppose, until aliens would show up in an Indiana Jones film.  After countless … Continue reading