John DiLillo

Writer and student based in New York. Ask me about my Blu-Ray copy of The Book of Henry.

The Year of the Wikipedia Blockbuster

This year's Hollywood tentpoles were more interested in filling in encyclopedic gaps than they were in telling their own stories. Read More

J.K. Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, and the Perils of Hero Worship

The defining author of our generation has become her own worst enemy. Read More

Amazon’s Proposed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Misses the Point of Middle-Earth

A rumored "Young Aragorn" story flies directly in the face of what made Tolkien's work so special. Read More

The Tom Cruise Renaissance

Our last remaining movie star has made the latter half of his career into a showcase for white-knuckle thrill rides… Read More

The Horrors of ‘Eighth Grade’

Bo Burnham's coming-of-age film is part of a new movement that draws on the tone and aesthetics of horror without… Read More

When Marvel Continuity Goes Wrong

This month's charming 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is another victim of the MCU crossover machine. Read More

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ and Iconography Cannibalism

The latest dinosaur romp abandons '90s nostalgia and instead gets high on its own supply. Read More

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Review: Boots Riley’s Debut is a Trippy Delight

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson shine in one of the best movies of the year. Read More

Movies Don’t Have to Define You

It's okay to let go. Read More