Articles by Alex Kirschenbaum

Gunning For That Number 1 Spot: A 2022 Streaming Wars Update

In the latest installment of our 2022 Streaming Wars series, some interesting streaming platforms continue to encroach on the overall market dominance of Netflix, for now still the most popular service. As usual, our pals at JustWatch, the streaming fan’s go-to resource for locating every film and TV title online, compile a quarterly assessment of…

Batman Returns

For my money, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton’s second Caped Crusader collaboration Batman Returns (1992), written by recurring podcast guest Daniel Waters and TFH Guru Sam Hamm, might very well be the best theatrical Batman flick ever. The Dark Knight has appeared in 15 theatrical feature films as of this writing, if you include…

Predator

What would it take to overpower the world’s toughest special forces soldiers? A hunter from out of this world, of course. That’s the spark that ignited Predator (1987), one of the all-time great sci-fi action adventures.  Released 35 years ago today, the film’s legacy is now secure: it has spawned three direct sequels and an upcoming…

Return Of The Movie Star: The May JustWatch Top 10

Much ink has been spilled on the return of the so-called “last movie star” in one Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, leaping back onto the silver screen this past weekend in the long-awaited insta-blockbuster navy recruitment video Top Gun: Maverick. While the 59-year-old does seem to be one of the world’s last stars who can reliably…

Disney+ Earns A Global A+

With recent news of streaming top dog Netflix’s challenges in the marketplace, let’s take a gander at one of its chief competitors: Disney+ continues its ascent among the upper echelon of streaming platforms. Across the first three months of 2022, the House of Mouse continues to make massive gains. The streamer, which debuted in November…

Action And Intrigue In April: A JustWatch Top 10

After hovering near the top of the JustWatch charts in March, the biggest blockbuster of the pandemic, Spider-Man: No Way Home, found its way to pole position last month. In general, adventure films and intrigue-laden mysteries ruled the roost. A reminder: JustWatch tracks the most-searched film titles across its platform, which should be everyone’s #1…

Netflix Slips, Belfast Ascends: The 2022 Streaming Wars Commence

It’s that time again, dear readers: the Streaming Wars have kicked off in 2022! Throughout 2021, as you will no doubt recall from 2021 Streaming Wars entries I, II, III and IV, Netflix saw a dip in Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) search engagement in the U.S., according to our pals at JustWatch. It remained,…

Oscar Heavies Storm The March JustWatch Top 10

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big nominees for the 94th annual Academy Awards stormed the JustWatch streaming charts last month. The biggest movie since the start of the coronavirus pandemic also ratcheted up JustWatch’s search engines, too. JustWatch should be the go-to resource for any movie lover hoping to locate any movie on any streaming platform for…

The Oscars As Popularity Contest: A JustWatch List

The Academy Awards are rarely a popularity contest these days. This year, outside of Dune, none of the big-budgeted blockbuster hits of 2021 have been nominated in any major categories. Dune stands as something of an anomaly among the 2021 nominee crop: a $165 million-budgeted epic that grossed $400.6 million worldwide. Seemingly gone (at least…

The Oscars In Flux

The folks behind the Academy Awards are aware that the Oscars have a popularity problem. Hollywood’s biggest award show has been grappling with declining viewership for decades, and has tackled that in a variety of ways. Last year’s Academy Awards, broadcast in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in a makeshift location and featuring…

A Year Of Paramount+: A JustWatch Look Back

Amidst the ongoing battle for eyeballs between the litany of big streaming platforms, a fight we have called the “Streaming Wars” in past blog entries, several new and persistent entities have emerged. Paramount+, formerly CBS All Access, is making a concerted push for a good chunk of the market, having yanked some of its biggest…

House of Pizza: The February 2022 JustWatch Top 10

Though the title of our article may read as being particularly appetizing, unfortunately we will not be discussing a movie about, say, an abode made entirely of cheese, bread and tomato sauce. When that day does finally dawn, though, we will certainly be ready to type. If you’re wondering what movies were on the minds…

March Madness: Fresh Screams To Stream

As the calendar turns to March, we’re sure you guys and ghouls are looking to get your horror fix. No matter your preferred flavor, the world’s streamers are supplying a litany of chilling, newly-available options for you this month. Granted, this whole list could just include new titles on Shudder or Screambox, but we figured…

Dave

Fair warning: the phrase “Capra-esque” might get a real workout in the ensuing review. Late great comedy director Ivan Reitman’s inventive political comedy Dave (1993), starring Kevin Kline in a dual role as both a sleazy president and his kindhearted regular-guy doppelgänger, stands as a shining beacon of sunny cinematic optimism from a happier time…

Wayne’s World

Garth: What do you do if every time you see this one incredible woman, you think you’re gonna hurl? Wayne: I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, it was never meant to be. Sage advice from two legends. Really, this line from…

Have Yourself A Spooky Shudder Valentine’s Day

Suppress your bitter aching loneliness this holiday by watching some very anti-Valentine’s Day cinematic relationships on Shudder! We here at Trailers From Hell have culled through all of the least romantic flicks currently showing on that spookiest of movie streaming platforms, and found some intriguing viewing fodder if you’re less-than-receptive to the typical amorous pablum….

Nightmares And Tragedies: The January 2022 JustWatch Top 10

Our friends at JustWatch, which should be your go-to resource for the streaming homes of virtually every movie and TV show imaginable, have supplied us with an intriguing new list, cataloging their top 10 streaming titles throughout the month of January 2022. Like all of the lists JustWatch sends our way, these stats are predicated…

Streaming Wars IV: HBO Max-imizing The Moment

Welcome to the scintillating final chapter of our 2021 Streaming Wars saga! Check out the prior chapters here, here, and here. Thanks to our pals at JustWatch, we now have in our possession some insights into the fourth-quarter activities of all streaming platforms stateside, covering October through December of 2021, based primarily on JustWatch user…

Shoot To Kill

The terrific survivalist buddy actioner Shoot To Kill (1988), a.k.a. Deadly Pursuit, stands tall as one of the great under-appreciated genre flicks of its day. This riveting, rollicking ride, starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley and a cadre of capable character actors, will get its time in the sun right now. Buckle up. At…

Tombstone

Well, loyal readers, it’s that time again. December 31st, and you know what that means… it’s Val Kilmer’s birthday! We here at Trailers From Hell would like to commemorate the moment with a look back at perhaps Kilmer’s signature role, the hard-partying sharpshooter Doc Holliday in the classic modern Western Tombstone (1993). The story of…

New Year’s Evil

To ring in the new year, select members of the Trailers From Hell team celebrated by watching the holiday’s signature slasher picture, the rock ‘n’ roll serial killer thriller New Year’s Evil (1980). New Year’s Evil is a nasty little slice of fiction. The set-up: Hollywood TV punk rock host with the most Diane “Blaze”…

The Wolf Man Movie Power Rankings

The original Universal Pictures iteration of The Wolf Man terrified audiences for the first time on this date 80 years ago, December 12th, 1941. Featuring one of the most iconic creature makeup designs in history (courtesy of the great Jack Pierce) and spooky performances by stars Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Maria Ouspenskaya…

Streaming Wars III: HBO Max, Apple TV+ Picking Up Steam

It’s time to crunch the numbers once again for the third piece in our Streaming Wars series! Today, we’ll take a look at streaming market shares for the third quarter of the year, the sequel to our prior pieces analyzing the first and second quarters of 2021. We’d like to offer a hat-tip to our…

The Wild Life

When appraised in the cold light of day, The Wild Life (1984) stands as a fairly minor ’80s teen comedy, lacking the flash of broader, more risqué fare like Porky’s (1982) or the great characters that populated instant classics of the genre like 1982’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High (more on that in a second),…

Howard The Duck

On this date, 35 years ago, the world was changed forever. Howard The Duck, the first feature film to be adapted from a Marvel comic, was unleashed upon the world on August 1st, 1986, leading to decades of beloved blockbusters that would — Oh wait, just kidding. It took a few more decades, and some…

Streaming Wars II: HBO Max, Disney+ Continue To Gain Steam

Today, we present the follow-up to our examination of the fraught battle between the big-money streaming sites, which covered the first quarter of the year, from January 1st-March 30th, 2021. Let’s take a look at the market shares of the various, still-expanding streaming services in the United States for the second quarter of 2021, covering…