James Kozanitis

James Kozanitis

Professional Video Game Journalist
Podcast co-host, like everyone else here
Biased toward horror films

Favorite films

  • The Shining
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Recent activity

  • Promising Young Woman

  • Black Christmas

  • The Invisible Man

  • The Lodge

Recent reviews

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    I don't think I've ever loved a more maligned movie.

    Of course, I'd wager that much of this is purely the result of the loudest voices dominating the online conversation. After all, 2019's Black Christmas is an out-and-out Feminist movie, and if there's one thing angry white men on the internet hate more, I couldn't name it with an ice pick to my throat.

    Ever since the so-called "Gamer Gate" (a phrase I hoped never to utter again), "STOP INJECTING…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    If you go back and read reviews from Roger Ebert, one of the greatest film critics to ever live, you'll notice he has kind of an odd style. Far from the overlong, ever-waxing, essay-style reviews popular among film buffs who praise him, Ebert's reviews were mostly plot synopses. This was effective because it put the audience in the shoes of someone watching the movie, letting them react while he reacted.

    With all do respect to Ebert, I think he'd have…

Popular reviews

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    It dawned on me recently that horror franchises don't come along that often; we'll get maybe one or two a generation if we're lucky. That's why it's so exciting to be living in a time when a truly great horror franchise is brewing right under our noses. That's especially true because many modern horror films (with notable exceptions) will merely function as hollow echoes of history's most notable, such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

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

    What. A. Film.

    The more I think about Knives Out, the more I think it will be one of the best films of the year - and quite possibly the decade. It's a daring and transcendent whodunit, and a piece of incisive and biting social commentary rolled into 130 minutes of refined entertainment that sacrifices neither angle.

    As such, I will be discussing both, and, while I won't spoil all the twists and turns, the rest of this review will…