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Bill Watters

Bill Watters is a child of the late 70s- he walked into a theater to watch Star Wars, and emerged to become a lifelong fan of cinema and television. Spending nearly a decade as a projectionist, he fell into the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and became a codemonkey for a range of game companies. These days he's a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at pop-culture events and conventions, as well as a prolific film and television critic and genre news writer. He is also a member critic of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In addition to his writing, he is also a photojournalist and can be found on Getty Images.

“The Last Duel” is Long, Thoughtful Ride to Epic Ending [Review]

Whenever a film is helmed by Ridley Scott, there’s no question about production quality and performances, it always comes down to how the script plays out on screen. With his latest film “The Last Duel,” if nothing else, it will be remembered for giving Matt Damon and Adam Driver yet more amazing character performances. It’s […]

Feel Your Soul Slowly Dying With “F9: The Fast Saga” [Review]

“F9: The Fast Saga” continues the not-infrequent trend of paint-by-numbers summer blockbusters. Their studios throw out any pretense of substance, or even moderately competent storytelling. Nay, any storytelling craft isn’t thrown out the window, it’s more like it is being dragged into a back alley and stabbed in the throat by a broken beer bottle. […]

James Gunn Proves DC Can Succeed with “The Suicide Squad” [Review]

“The Suicide Squad” finally gives Warner Bros. and DC a much needed improvement over its prior multi-character outings. While they have had a number of solo films that have been really good (and in cases arguably great) “Joker,” “Man of Steel,” and “Wonder Woman” all come strongly to mind. Unfortunately there has only been one […]

“Jungle Cruise” Punny & Fun, Narrowly Misses Going Overboard [Review]

Disney’s latest foray into turning amusement park rides into cinematic outings, “Jungle Cruise,” lands itself squarely in the middle of the pack. Not as good as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” but far better than “Haunted Mansion,” most of its saving graces can be placed squarely on the “we’re all having a fun time” smile and […]

“Roadrunner” is the Anthony Bourdain Film We Needed [Review]

“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is the film we’ve needed ever since the titular Anthony Bourdain took his own life back in June of 2018. This will be by no means the last film that will be made about the deeply mediocre chef turned near mythic memoirist and world traveller, but it is the […]