Peter Hemminger

Peter Hemminger

Favorite films

  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Thing
  • The Apartment
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Recent activity

  • The Boy and the Heron

  • They Live by Night

  • It's a Wonderful Knife

  • Inspector Ike

Recent reviews

  • The Boy and the Heron

    The Boy and the Heron

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Where to even begin? It's stunning, of course, even before it embraces full-on fantasy. The fire sequence with its floating embers and warped faces is maybe the most visually impressive part, and the (initially) graceful movements of the heron are mesmerizing. But then that fantasy world, its beautiful landscapes, painterly backdrops, strange birds, and the newest additions to Miyazaki's roster of cute roundies. This is the first time I've seen one of his films in theatre on first run, and…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    It’s probably been a decade of so since the last time I watched Army of Darkness, and I still find it’s a bit of a miracle that this exists. The leap from gross-out horror to throwback adventure, complete with Harryhausen-style stop motion, double-fisted sword fights, and a Gulliver’s Travels interlude, is not what you call seamless. But it shows Raimi & co's omnivorous love for film. 

    I will always appreciate Army of Darkness for filling every sequence with fun sides and…

Popular reviews

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    Be gay, do crime

  • The Turning Point

    The Turning Point


    The animation is top-notch, but as visually inventive as some of the shots are, the entire message is there in the first few seconds. Happiness at least had the contrast between the bleak visuals and the serene soundtrack to provide a point of friction. Not that this film's subject is an issue that requires a ton of nuance--I get that the whole point here is a reminder of how goddamn horrible we are--but once that's established the film just has nowhere to go.