Walter Metz

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Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He teaches film, television, theater and photography history, theory and criticism.
His movie critiques are a featured segment of SIU Reviews on WSIU Public Radio.  As a researcher, Walter is interested in the relationship between popular media forms, such as the television sitcom and the Hollywood blockbuster film, and high, canonical literature. His book on Gilligan's Island was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2012. He is currently writing a manuscript about Dr. Seuss and the animated films made at Pixar Studios.

If you have yet to see the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is a professor of film studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

If you're looking for a movie to entertain the kids or grandkids this week,  you might want to consider Pixar's latest release The Good Dinosaur.     Film critic Walter Metz has more in this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Good Dinosaur is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews: Krampus

Dec 11, 2015

The 2015 horror film Krampus puts a different twist on the traditional Christmas story.  Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Krampus is currently playing at a move theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews: Aloha

Nov 25, 2015

If you're looking for some non-football, post turkey entertainment you might want to consider a trip to your local movie store.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, Film critic Walter Metz suggests checking out Cameron Crowe's 2015 romantic-comedy,  Aloha.
 
Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. More of his reviews are available on our webpage - wsiunews.org
 

SIU Reviews: Spectre

Nov 19, 2015

Bond, James Bond and the latest installment of the 007 franchise sits atop this week's box office rankings.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Spectre for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Film critic Walter Metz reviews the 2015 historical drama Bridge of Spies for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

New on DVD this week is the summer remake of National Lampoon's Vacation.  It picks up the story of Rusty Griswold as his family makes a cross country  journey to Wally World.   SIU Reviews' Walter Metz casts a critical eye on this 2015 remake of the classic 1983 comedy.

The Green Inferno is an American version of the Italian cannibal movies of the late 1970's and early 1980's.    Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz examines the so called "Blaxploitation" film genre that got its start in the early 1970's with a closer look at Spike Lee's recent film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

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If you're still pondering the conclusion of  Mad Men... you're not alone. Film critic Walter Metz has you're Don Draper fix in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Soutehrn Illinois University Carbondale.
 

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Dec 23, 2014

The holiday block–buster  Exodus: Gods and Kings is a biblical inspired interpretation of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the Ridley Scott film for this edition of  SIU Reviews.

Exodus: Gods and Kings is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is a professor of film studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: Gone Girl

Oct 22, 2014

The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" is currently among the top-performing box-office hits.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Aug 29, 2014

Many listeners may remember the 1980's sci-fi movie Dune based on the writings of Frank Herbert.
The 1984 film was not the first attempt to transition the novel to the silver screen.

Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Walter Metz teaches film, television, theory and criticism at SIUC's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

 

The 2013 Musical Drama  Begin Again looks at what can happen when lost souls meet. Film critic Walter Metz has more for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Begin Again is in current release.

Walter Metz teaches film, television, theory and criticism at SIU-C's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

Metz is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

Snowpiercer is a 2013 Korean sci-fi action movie that is currently in limited release in the U-S.

SIU Reviews: Gravity

Jun 5, 2014

The 2013 epic sci-fi film Gravity won seven academy awards. Film critic Walter Metz takes a reflective look at the movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Gravity is in wide release at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a professor for film studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.
 

The Railway Man is a story of forgiveness and reconciliation. It's based on a bestselling memoir that tells the true story of British Army Officer Eric Lomax.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

The Railway Man is currently playing at a theater near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy based on the writings of Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig.

It chronicles the glory days of a fictional European hotel during the 1930's. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is currently showing at a theater near you.

The 2014 film  The Monuments Men is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Edsel.  The monuments men was an allied group during World War II tasked with finding and rescuing precious art and other cultural treasures from the Nazis.

SIU Reviews: Nebraska

Feb 13, 2014

The 2013 dramedy  Nebraska is the story of an aging father who embarks on an impulsive journey from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son.

August: Osage County is a dark comedy based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by the same name.
Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

August: Osage County is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

SIU Reviews: Frozen

Jan 30, 2014

The animated musical fantasy  Frozen  is Disney's 53rd animated feature film. Critic Walter Metz takes a look at this adaptation that's loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"

SIU Reviews: Frozen

Jan 30, 2014

The animated musical fantasy  Frozen  is Disney's 53rd animated feature film. Critic Walter Metz takes a look at this adaptation that's loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen"

The latest comedy from the Coen brothers chronicles one week in the life of a singer-song writer in New York City's 1961 folk music scene. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at  Inside Llewyn Davis for this edition of  SIU Reviews.

Oscar Nominations were announced Thursday morning, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is among the Best Picture nominees.

In this week's SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the film and how it illustrates Scorsese's long career:
 

The Wolf of Wall Street is playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is Chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

The romantic adventure comedy  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  is a 21st century adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story.

Ron Burgundy is back in the 2013 comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.    Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Walter Metz is the Chair of Southern Illinois University's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

The 2013 dramedy  American Hustle stars Christian Bale as a con-artist in the late 70's who is forced by an FBI agent to set up a sting operation on corrupt politicians. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

American Hustle is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the SIU Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

In this edition of  SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz pays homage to the short-film with a look at the work of the late Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos.
 

Ulysses' Gaze and  Lumiere and Company are available on-line.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

The latest installment of the Hobbit film trilogy is currently in theaters. For this edition of  SIU Reviews, Critic Walter Metz takes us to Middle-earth for  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is currently playing at a theater near you.

Walter Metz is the chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography.  He is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews
 

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