Sardonicast: A Film Lover’s Podcast

In the film reviewing community, podcasting is becoming an increasingly popular format to connect with audiences. Film reviews have had a long history, originating as published articles in newspapers and magazines. Eventually it evolved into shows like Siskel and Ebert, where two published film critics talked in front of a camera and reviewed new movies […]

The Great Cloverfield Scam

The Cloverfield Franchise is one of the most bizarre film universes to emerge this century. I remember seeing advertisements for the first film Cloverfield (2008) on TV when I was nine years old. The trailers were vague, seeming to hint at some paranormal or extraterrestrial creature terrorizing the Earth. I was intrigued, but didn’t see […]

Breaking Bad and the Writer’s Strike

The writer’s strike from 2007-2008 signaled a dramatic shift in the film industry. Some projects in development were delayed, while other projects sped through the writing process and ended up total disasters. Maybe you found yourself disappointed with the outcome of one or several of these misfires including Quantum of Solace (2008), Transformers: Revenge of […]

Blockbuster – Monopoly to Bankruptcy

One of the most fascinating demises of a company in my lifetime was that of Blockbuster. I remember as a child going to my local Blockbuster just a few minutes from my house and renting Indiana Jones for the hundredth time. I would still pace up and down the aisles pretending I might get something […]

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (to please the fans and not be greedy)

The last decade has redefined the capabilities of a movie franchise with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In an unprecedented cinematic event, The Avengers (2012) was a culmination of five years of stand-alone superhero films starting with Iron Man (2008) in which all those heroes fought side by side in a big budget production. Seeing […]