Author: Dan Mohr

  • Black Swan (Aronofsky, 2010)

    Were he still alive today, I can't help thinking that Black Swan would've been the late Japanese playwright, melodramatist and exhibitionist Yukio Mishima's all-time favorite movie...and I also recall how the costume designer Eiko Ishioka once mentioned Mishima's aesthetics were "in very poor taste."

  • Star Trek (Abrams, 2009)

    I don't imagine kids running out of Abrams' movie and staring at the nighttime sky, and wondering about the mysteries of the universe, and perhaps getting inspired to visit their local science museums or become engaged with astronomy or space travel. What I see are frat boys saying, "dude, let's get totally smashed and check out that bangin' Star Trek movie," and then forgetting about having watched it ten minutes after the movie's over.