Walter Metz

SIU Reviews

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.

In today's edition of  SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the latest work from the twisted minds that created the reality series Jackass. 

Here's his take on  Bad Grandpa.

Bad Grandpa is currently playing in Du Quoin and is scheduled for DVD release in January.

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

Film Critic Walter Metz reviews Dallas Buyers Club for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Dallas Buyers Club is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is chair of SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.  He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Suture

Nov 8, 2013

Film Critic Walter Metz continues his examination of how race and society is reflected in Hollywood cinema with a look at the 1993 film Suture for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

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

He is a regular contributor to SIU Reviews.
 

Pixar

The Blue Umbrella is a short film by Pixar that was featured alongside the release of Monsters University.   The computer animated film makes use of several new techniques to bring life to regular everyday object. Film critic Walter Metz takes a look at the deeper meaning of The Blue Umbrella for this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Butler is a historical fiction drama that chronicles the life of a White House butler who eyewitnesses some of the most notable events of the 20th century.

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

The Butler is currently playing in Carbondale.  It is also scheduled for DVD release next month.

SIU Reviews: Prisoners

Sep 26, 2013

The new movie release Prisoners tells the story of Keller Dover, played by Hugh Jackman, and a tangled web of events driven by deceit and desperation surrounding the disappearance of Dover’s 6-year old daughter and her friend.

Film Critic Walter Metz has his take on this 2013 crime-thriller in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Prisoners is currently playing at a theater near you.

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

SIU Reviews: Elysium

Sep 12, 2013

The sci-fi thriller  Elysium takes us to a future earth; an earth that is over populated and devastated while an elite aristocracy lives high above the surface in comfort.

Steve Carell is back this summer with a tale of a boy coming of age in The Way Way Back.

World War Z is a 2013 apocalyptic horror film starring Brad Pitt.  It is based on Max Brook's 2006 novel of the same name.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this summer release for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 
 

Word War Z is still playing in limited release.  It will be out on DVD in September.

Warner Bros.

The 2012 historical thriller  Argo won best picture at this year's Academy Awards.  Despite its popular acclaim, the film has garnered criticism for its historical inaccuracies.  Film critic Walter Metz has his own take in this edition of  SIU Reviews.

The latest theatrical version of  The Great Gatsby is a 3-D adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel. Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look  for this edition of  SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Room 237

May 23, 2013

The 2012 documentary Room 237 explores the perceived meaning within Stanley Kubrick's cult classic The Shining.

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

Room 237 is in current release at a movie store near you.  Walter Metz is the Chair of the department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University.   His critiques are a regular feature of SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Hitchcock

May 3, 2013

Hitchcock is a 2012 biographical drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. The movie focuses on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma during the making of  Psycho. 

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


Hitchcock is currently out on DVD.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

The romantic drama Silver Linings Playbook  garnered eight Academy Award nominations and a best actress win for co-star Jennifer Lawrence.  It tells the story of Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, who tries to readjust to life after a stint in a mental institution.

Film critic Walter Metz has his own take on the screen play adapted from the Matthew Quick novel.

Silver Linings Playbook is playing in Carbondale.  It is scheduled for DVD release on on April 30th.

Sam Raimi's fantasy adventure film  Oz the Great and Powerful is based on the novels of L. Frank Baum.

This adaptation tells the story of small-time magician Oscar Diggs who gets sucked into a tornado that whisks him away to the Land of Oz.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this  Wizard of Oz prequel.
 


Oz the Great and Powerful is in current release.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  His is critiques are a regular feature of  SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: Agora

Mar 8, 2013

If you're looking for something engaging to watch this weekend you might want to check out the 2009 Spanish historical drama,  Agora.

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

Agora is currently in release on DVD and through most on-line video services.

SIU Reviews: Lincoln

Feb 21, 2013
Touchstone Pictures

As part of SIU Review's special Oscar preview, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. This is an encore presentation of Metz's review that first aired in December.

Lincoln is a theatrical accounting of President Abraham Lincoln’s effort to abolish slavery during a transitional period of the nation’s history near the end of the Civil War.

Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

As the debate continues in Illinois and several other states over how to regulate hydraulic fracturing... art imitates life in a new movie that tells the story of a fictional town and its struggle with "fracking."

Film critic Walter Metz reviews the new Matt Damon drama  Promised Land for this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 


Promised Land is in current release at a theater near you. 

Walter Metz is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews. You can hear all of his reviews on our website wsiunews.org.
 

Breaking Dawn Part 2

Dec 21, 2012
Summit Entertainment

Breaking Dawn Part 2, is the final installment of the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's "The Twilight Saga." Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the influences of this pop-cultural classic  in this edition of  SIU Reviews.
 

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is in current release. Walter Metz is the Chair of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Cinema and Photography.   He is a regular contributor to  SIU Reviews.

SIU Reviews: The Artist

Nov 21, 2012
Weinstein Company

The 2011 French film The Artist tells the story of a silent movie star and a young dancer.  Film Critic Walter Mertz turns his attention to this unique movie for this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Artist is currently out on DVD.   Walter Metz is the Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University.

SIU Reviews is a regular series on WSIU Radio.

SIUC Department of Cinema & Photography Chair Walter Metz turns his attention to the recent DVD release

of The Cabin in the Woods in this edition of SIU Reviews.

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