THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR (Zbynek Brynych, 1964)

The four horsemen or riders of the Apocalypse appear in the Book of Revelation. Our scourges, they are traditionally identified as Death, War, Hunger and Pestilence. And the fifth horseman, according to Zbynek Brynych’s famous Czech film, is Fear: . . . A páty jezdec je Strach. The four scenarists are Brynych, the irreplaceable Ester […]

BIG FISH (Tim Burton, 2003)

Written by John August from what I understand is a rather darker novel by Daniel Wallace, Big Fish confirms director Tim Burton’s inability to engage reality except at a preposterous remove. This latest film of his is a structural mess; it keeps returning to a mundane family soap opera in the present—a man who is […]