Chris Yogerst

Comedy Central Continues to Censor 'South Park'

On April 21, 2010, Comedy Central aired episode “201” of South Park. The previous episode, “200,” which was a celebration of their 200th episode, sparked controversy from a radical fringe Muslim group who threatened violence on the show’s creators because

Calling All Film Buffs — 'Film Noir: The Encyclopedia' is Here!

Ever since the hard boiled fiction of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain was brought to the big screen, talk of film noir became something eternal. Thanks to notable noir scholars Alain Silver and James Ursini along with Elizabeth Ward

Influential Film Theorist Robin Wood Dies at 78

Anyone who has formally studied film certainly knows Robin Wood, who was a pioneer of the academic study of film as we know it. One of his most famous essays, “Ideology, Genre, Auteur,” is one of the most important and

Movies We Like: 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang'

“It’s one of those parties where if a girl is named Jill she spells it J-Y-L-L-E, ya know…that s**t.” -Harry Lockhart Those who have read my piece about a film noir revival and the film Brick know that I am

Movies We Like: 'Brick' (2005)

Brendan Frye: “Your muscle seemed plenty cool putting his fist in my head. I want him out.” The Pin: “Looky, soldier…” Brendan Frye: “The ape blows or I clam.” Fast and clever dialogue is one of the best things about

Film Noir Revival, Anyone?

Picture a quaint Victorian house in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles. A modest insurance salesman shows up at the door, it is opened by a maid. There is a beautiful woman at the top of the stairs; the sultry

GI Joe: An Obamanation

By now, everyone should know that the new film, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, is a despicable excuse for a movie. It was harshly panned by Big Hollywood as well as by me. For an action film, it is horrible,

'Watchmen': Tough on Liberal Sensibilities

There has been a lot written about vigilantism and conservatism in film lately. My friend David Swindle wrote a piece for American Thinker “What’s So Conservative About Vigilantism?” Big Hollywood contributor John T. Simpson wrote “Story and the Power of

'Public Enemies' Deserves a Second Look

Michael Mann’s Public Enemies was one of the most anticipated films of the year (Read my Parcbench review here, John Nolte’s slightly opposing view here). However, it seems that many critics are drastically underrating this film. This is unfortunate because