Author Archive | Harrison Smith

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Critical Thinking

Actress and well known horror star, Caroline Williams tweeted an article this morning that dovetailed with several previous Cynema posts. Director Brett Ratner called out the dangers of aggregate film score sites like Rotten Tomatoes or the similar Metacritic in an article that devolves into a promo for his upcoming films. You can read it […]

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Suspension of Disbelief in Film Dysmorphia

Sit through this annoying video up until the 5:00 mark. The fan boy “host” in the above video talks in attention deficit tweets with jump cut “hip” editing to spill out his unabashed respect and love for the CGI technique that brought Peter Cushing back from the grave in the latest “Star Wars” installment, “Rogue […]

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Road to Death House Part 4: Open Letter

  Friday. November 11th. Death House is officially done.  Like the 2016 election, it will soon be in the hands of the people to make their decision. Hear my personal views on this film at 22:30 here on Postmortem Radio just published Nov. 8, 2016: HERE Postmortem Radio Episode 016 – Inside the Death House […]

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Independence Day: A Landmark Disaster

Cynema is not a film review series. There are plenty of those online. Once in awhile a film comes along that defines everything about my Cynema concept. The latest is Roland Emerich’s two decades later (Why? That’s addressed later) sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence. It’s hands down one of the worst films of the last five […]

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Spoon Fed Horror

Expect more from your entertainment. Don’t be spoon fed. Whether film, literature, music, even video gaming…refuse to be dumbed down. As I move over the half way point in post production for “Death House” I’ve had time to reflect on the film and wonder how it will be received. The latest news on yet another […]

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The Road to Death House Part 1

Let’s build on Eli Roth’s prescient observation. I have written quite a bit on cynicism in filmmaking. If you are just coming to my series, stop here. Go back and read my other pieces. Then you can read this in context. However, he is talking about a SMALL percentage of fans. This is not a […]

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Witch Is It?

Cynema is not about film reviews. I woke up to this HitFix article on the release of the anticipated horror, The Witch: http://www.hitfix.com/news/why-do-so-many-horror-fans-hate-the-witch I have yet to see the film, but the content of the motion picture is not the topic of this latest post. Recently, an interviewer asked me what my thoughts were on […]

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Making a Killing

…with “other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones.” — Occam’s Razor Read the above statement. This post is about the “docuseries” Making a Murderer, the Netflix “docuseries” that has a second season coming. This post is not about whether Steven Avery is guilty or innocent. It is not about […]

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