“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Scout Tafoya is a blogger and filmmaker living in Doylestown, PA. He writes for and edits the arts blog Apocalypse Now and directs both feature length and short films, many of which are free to watch at honorszombiefilms.com. His list of peculiar achievements include teaching a class on the cultural importance of zombie movies while in high school, lecturing on Dystopian sci-fi at Villanova, shooting an eighty minute feature in only eight shots and calling it Tron Wayne Gacy on a dare, and making the world's first all-improv horror film about Quakers. Scout is in pre-production on a sci-fi homage to "My Own Private Idaho."
A look at the cinematic and political history that resulted in Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer."
The latest in Scout Tafoya's series, The Unloved--"Pola X."
Scout Tafoya's series on critically reviled but substantive movies continues with Peter Bogdanovich's 1975 musical "At Long Last Love."
Scout Tafoya's latest edition of "The Unloved" makes the case for William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," a 1977 box office bomb that is already coming in for critical re-evaluation.
Scout Tafoya's video series on underrated films continues with "Ishtar".
Scout Tafoya's video essay series "The Unloved" reconsiders "Tron: Legacy."
Scout Tafoya's "The Unloved," an appreciation of fascinating movies that were critically reviled on first release, continues with a look at 1994's "The Hudsucker Proxy."
The Unloved, Scout Tafoya's video essay series about critically reviled films that deserve more respect, continues with an an appreciation of "John Carter."
The first in a monthly series of video essays about unloved films, Scout Tafoya's video essay is an appreciation of "Alien 3," the debut feature by David Fincher.
Lateral tracking shots can get to the heart of a film more quickly and succinctly than any other technique. What are your favorites?