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 this edition of SIU Reviews... If you've been considering going to see the new psychological thriller Joker, movie critics Walter Metz and Namarata Sathe have differing perspectives on this 2019 telling.   Based on the DC Comics character,  Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role and is directed by Todd Phillips.   It's currently playing at a theater near you.

The Upside  is a comedy-drama remake of a French film that is loosely based on a true story of a paralyzed billionaire who develops an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict.  SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the title roles.
 
The Upside  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 Carbondale.

 

Netflix is out with its latest installment of the sci-fi series Black Mirror.   This time around a young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into video game.

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz explores the world of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is currently streaming on Netflix.   Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The escapades of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson return to the silver screen in a slightly different adaptation of Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle's classic works.    This time with the comedy duo Will Ferrell and John C Riley, respectively, in the roles.  SIU Reviews Film Critic, Walter Metz, takes a closer look at Holmes & Watson.

Holmes & Watson is currently showing 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 Carbondale.

If you're looking for something to binge watch this winter, You might want to check out The Romanoffs -  a new Amazon Prime series from the creator of Madmen.  Film Critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

The Romanoffs is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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If you have yet to see the new bio-pic  Bohemian Rhapsody, then film critic Walter Metz has some insight into the movie - that chronicles the life and times of the British Rock band Queen and it's lead singer Freddie Mercury.

 Bohemian Rhapsody is current showing 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 Carbondale.

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Steven Spielberg's latest movie is the Science Fiction virtual reality adventure Ready Player One.   The movie is  based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that is set in 2045 but firmly rooted in 1980's movie lore.

  Walter Metz is is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  You can listen to more SIU Reviews here.
 

The next generation of Producer, director, and artist David Lynch’s 1990 groundbreaking series Twin Peaks continues to confound viewers and critics alike. SIU Review's film critic Walter Metz continues his look at Twin Peaks: The Return.

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network.

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

Twin Peaks: The Return continues to twist and turn its way through the TV landscape…  And film Critic Walter Metz continues his look at the new Showtime mini-series from director David Lynch.

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. The series is scheduled to run through Labor Day.

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

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz continues his look at director David Lynch's new Showtime series Twin Peaks: The Return.

  Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 

The first season continues for director David Lynch's reboot of his 1990 groundbreaking television series,  Twin Peaks. 

SIU Review's film critic, Walter Metz, continues his look at Lynch's new Showtime series Twin Peaks: The Return. 

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 

 

Producer, director, and artist David Lynch is back with the next generation of his 1990 groundbreaking television series, Twin Peaks.  The saga of Agent Cooper, Laura Palmer and a cast of characters is back in this mini-series reboot on Showtime.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at Twin Peaks: The Return in this special SIU Reviews series that will take you through every twist of The Return.

 Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable and satellite network.

The 2016 fantasy film  Fantastic  Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out on DVD next week.
Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this spin-off of the Harry Potter series that is written and produced by J-K Rowling.
 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available at a movie store near you on Tuesday (3/28).
Walter 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 2016 Sci-Fi adventure film Passengers.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.   Passengers is available at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

SIU Reviews: Get Out

Mar 9, 2017

Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film about a white woman who takes her African American boyfriend home to meet her family.  As film critic Walter Metz explains, it's not your average scary movie; but one that takes aim at the stereotypes that influence perception.    Note: This edition of SIU Reviews contains major plot spoilers which you may not want to know before seeing the movie.
 

The 2016 drama Moonlight won Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. The contemporary African-American coming of age story also won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the award winning movie that is out on DVD this week.

SIU Reviews: Gold

Feb 3, 2017

The 2016 crime drama  Gold is loosely based on the true story of a mid-1990's mining scandal in Indonesia.
In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Matthew McConaughey as a modern day version of Willy Loman.
 
Gold 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 Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD

Jan 24, 2017

New this week on DVD is the 2016 period drama The Light Between Oceans.   It tells the story of a World War I veteran and his wife who together, run a lighthouse off the shore of Australia.   Her dream of having a family is seemingly fulfilled when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat.

In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film based on the novel by M.L. Stedman.

Hidden Figures is a 2016 biographical drama that tells the story of an African-American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for NASA.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film that is based on the book of the same name.
 
Hidden Figures 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 Carbondale.

SIU Reviews: La La Land

Jan 12, 2017
movie poster for La La Land
Summitt Entertainment

The 2016 romantic musical comedy  La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress; and Sebastian, a jazz musician as they navigate life in the City of Angels.  Film critic Walter Mets takes a closer look at the 7-time Golden Globe winning film in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
La La Land 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 Carbondale.

The 2016 horror film Blair Witch and the historical drama Denial are new on DVD this week.   SIU Reviews takes a closer look at both movies.

Blair Witch

In the latest installment of Director Adam Wingard’s horror franchise The Blair Witch Project.  A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Khara Lukancic takes a closer look at the third installment of the film series.

movie poster for Nocturnal Animals
Focus Features

Fashion designer Tom Ford's latest foray into film is the 2016 psychological thriller  Nocturnal Animals. For this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that is based on the 1993 novel  "Tony and Susan."   Nocturnal Animals 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 Carbondale.  You can hear more SIU Reviews here.
 

The 2016 dramas Sully and  Goat are new on DVD this week.  SIU Reviews takes a closer look at both movies.

SULLY

Sully is the biographical picture directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks as Captain Sully Sullenberger.  The story chronicles the crash landing of a passenger airliner in the Hudson River.  Film critic Walter Metz reviews.

GOAT

SIU Reviews: Loving

Dec 3, 2016

The new Jeff Nichols film, Loving, is a bio-pic that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving.  The Loving's were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.   Loving is currently in limited release.  It is showing in the St. Louis area.

movie poster for Doctor Strange
Marvel Studios

The newest installment in the Marvel franchise is currently playing at a theater near you.   In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz offers some insights into Doctor Strange.
 
Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

You can hear more SIU Reviews here.
 

 Set in the 1930’s, the romantic comedy Café Society is the latest film written and directed by Woody Allen.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

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

SIU Reviews: Nerve

Aug 11, 2016

The dark side of on-line gaming comes to life in the 2016 techno-thriller  Nerve. It's based on the 2012 novel of the same name. In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that puts a social media spin on the party game of Truth or Dare.

The 2016 comedy-drama  A Hologram for the King releases on DVD Tuesday.  It stars Tom Hanks as a washed-up corporate business man who finds a new lease on life in Saudi Arabia while trying to sell a high-tech teleconferencing system to an Arab King.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
A Hologram for the King is available at a movie store near you. Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

movie poster for Lights Out
Warner Bros.

If you like your movies a little creepy and even scary... you might want to take in the 2016 supernatural horror film  Lights Out . Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews

Lights Out 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 Carbondale.

You can hear more of his reviews and others here.

The 2016 comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates chronicles the misguided escapades of two fun loving brothers who need dates for their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews. 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 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 Carbondale.

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