Titus Techera
Titus Techera
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Titus Techera is the executive director of the American Cinema Foundation and a contributor to National Review Online, Catholic World Report, University Bookman, American Conservative, and Modern Age.
Its Boring Attack On Male Heroism Is Killing ‘Lego Movie 2’

Audiences tend to like the hero’s journey, not moviemakers who bludgeon audiences over the heads with morals and forced progressivism.

Why 2015’s ‘Brooklyn’ Deserves To Be Part Of Your Christmas Movies List

‘Brooklyn’ is a work of selective nostalgia that shows the best in 1950s America. It may not be a Christmas movie, but it’s perfect for the season.

Why William Goldman Was One Of The Last Greats Of 1970s Hollywood

Two movies that won Goldman Oscars, ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’ (1969) and ‘All The President’s Men,’ (1976) showcase all the fun of that generation, and all the political sanctimony.

Stan Lee Died A Comic Legend, And Rightfully So

It is right to honor Lee; it is right to make a legend of him. He gave us myths we still find enchanting, both as audiences and as myth-makers.

‘Daredevil’ Returns To Fabulous Form In Season 3 On Netflix

We’re back to that original conflict of Season 1: What if the devil is stronger? What if he wins?

Ignore ‘The Predator’s’ Low Reviews. It’s A Good Movie

It fails to rise above its genre, but ‘The Predator’ is rescued in part by the symbolism of family love, which reveals a deep emotional humanism that should have received far more praise.

Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ Wastes Its Second Chance

On Netflix, Marvel shows are hit and miss at the best of times, not least because Netflix doubles down on misses as much as on hits.

This Hawaiian Veteran’s Win For Gun Rights Would Be A Perfect Movie

George Young’s story would make a good drama about what 21st century America could learn from previous generations and how an aging patriot conceives of his legacy.

Trump Is Only Shocking On NATO Because He’s Saying Out Loud What Everybody Already Knew

Whether you like Trump or not, whether you like NATO or not, it’s time to face all the ugly truths we have long avoided facing, because foreign policy is about to change in a very serious way.

‘Incredibles 2’ Leaves Good Storytelling Behind For A Politically Correct Narrative

Not only does the movie get its themes confused when it comes to the villain, its plot is an embarrassment.

‘The Incredibles’ Gave Us The Gift Of Family As An Answer To Meaningless Celebrity

This weekend, ‘The Incredibles 2’ hits theaters, 14 years after the original. Before you go see the new movie, let’s talk about the original.

The Real Heist In ‘Ocean’s 8’ Is Conducted On The Audience

At every point in the movie, the combination of star power, talent, tiredly thumbing noses at the patriarchy, and a daring robbery underwhelms.

John Mulaney’s Netflix Special Underscores Our Culture’s Loss Of Meaning In Life

The self-presentation of this 35-year-old, nice, honest, and successful as he is, suggests there’s no future ahead — certainly not in playing parents to a pet.

‘Cobra Kai’ Tackles The American Class Wars In Orange County

Maybe the nice kid fit the Reagan years, when it was morning in America, but in the age of Trump, you need to toughen up and deal with the misery.

By ‘The Week Of,’ Adam Sandler’s Star Has Dimmed, Leaving A Vacuum In Comedy

We might get rid of Adam Sandler, but we will need his understanding of providence again, or else our entertainment will turn to despair.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Perfectly Captures The Despair That Marks America In 2018

The Avengers, like us, have good intentions. But they aren’t really good. And we don’t really believe we are either.

‘Westworld’ Questions Whether The American Idea Can Survive The Future

The mix of hi-tech and the Wild West seems strange at first, but actually works. It’s Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ wrapped into one.

Alfie Evans’ State-Sanctioned Murder Is A Call To Action Against Barbarity

What we the people understand about life and our duties to defend human dignity is being challenged and found wanting.

Vast Asteroid’s ‘Encrypted’ Sings Of Finding Grace Again

It’s a song of faith, but it does not go forth to conquer the world, to enslave fans and enlist them into idolatry.

‘A Quiet Place’ Unravels Our Deepest Fears About Giving Children Life

It’s not about individualism, it’s not about rugged heroes or implausible survivors—it’s about a mother, a father, and their children. All the fear stems from our need to protect what we love the most.