Chris Williams
Thoughts on film, television and pop culture.
Created 24 Aug 2020
  • Can we stop the 'Die Hard' Christmas debate?
    06 Dec 2021 • 14 min read
    Illustration by Carlos Lerma This weekend, I had the opportunity to cross an item off my movie bucket list: I finally saw Die Hard on a big screen. A local repertory theater was playing it as part of ...
  • The Advent prophecies of Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert
    05 Dec 2021 • 7 min read
    The celebrity television special used to be a Yuletide staple. Corny as all get-out, they used a threadbare plot — often involving being stranded in a snowstorm or setting up for holidays at home — as...
  • Franchise Friday: The Animatrix (2003)
    03 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Given how quickly the sequels deflated our enthusiasm, it’s easy to forget the buzz of excitement audiences felt when The Matrix ended. Neo had discovered his calling and, in the film’s final moments,...
  • 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' is a great Dickens adaptation
    01 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    On the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, Chrisicisms will take a look at various film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The Muppet Christmas Carol is not the greatest telling of Dic...
  • Thanksgiving weekend movie roundup
    29 Nov 2021 • 11 min read
    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We had some pieces posted here over the holiday weekend, but those were all written and scheduled fairly in advance, so I was able to take a break from writing...
  • On a very special holiday Chrisicisms...
    28 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Each Sunday of Advent, I’m going to send out a list of holiday-themed pop culture to make your celebrations merry and bright! Today, we’re looking at a selection of TV specials, most of which are avai...
  • Franchise Friday: The Matrix (1999)
    26 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    I talked about this a bit in a “We’re Watching Here” episode about 1999, but if that was the year that movies broke my brain, The Matrix was the film that first drilled a hole in my head. When I stepp...
  • The movies I'm thankful for.
    24 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    Before I jump into this, I just want to say that I hope everyone reading has a wonderful Thanksgiving. After last year’s holiday was markedly different than the ones in years past, I hope this year ho...
  • 'Hawkeye' lets the grumpiest Avenger have some fun
    23 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    A Hawkeye TV show sounds like a joke. After all, Black Widow already gave one super-powerless Avenger a showcase. And while it was a fun little movie, I can’t imagine that anyone was clamoring for any...
  • 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' is not a reboot; it's a regurgitation
    22 Nov 2021 • 10 min read
    This post contains spoilers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but I notate when we’re about to get into the really heavy ones. I wouldn’t be a writer if it wasn’t for Ghostbusters. I don’t think the term “...
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