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Exclusive Movie Reviews by Lucius Shepard
or, The Fall of Civilization by Way of Pop Culture

This column is for an adult audience. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the ElectricStory.com staff. If you think Steven Spielberg is a great director, weep at Julia Roberts movies, and have a low tolerance for dark humor, controversy, and language written to a post-secondary-school audience, brace yourself for a moral challenge. You can read some versions of these essays in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, but you will find them here first.

We're sorry that many reviews were inaccessible for so long. They are now all publicly accessible, and we hope to give them a home on a better site soon. Lucius died on March 18, 2014. Goodbye, Lucius, and thanks.

  • Monsters, End of Animal, Skyline

  • Inception

  • Neuchatel Film Festival

  • Films of Albert Pyun

  • Doomsday

  • Iron Man, [REC]

  • Cloverfield, I Am Legend

  • Southland Tales

  • Jesse James and Michael Clayton

  • The Brave One and Eastern Promises

  • The Invasion

  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • Next, Grindhouse, El Topo

  • Shooter

  • Pan's Labyrinth/The Host

  • The Fountain

  • The Wicker Man

  • The Da Vinci Code, The Break-Up

  • Day Watch

  • V for Vendetta

  • An Incomplete List of Recent Good Movies

  • Bloodrayne

  • King Kong

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, All About Lily Chou-Chou, Aeon Flux

  • Stay

  • A Sound of Thunder

  • War of the Worlds

  • Cinderella Man, Batman Begins

  • London Voodoo, Night Watch

  • Sin City

  • The Ring 2

  • Constantine

  • The 2005 Oscar Awards

  • Million Dollar Baby

  • Butterfly, et al.

  • The Grudge

  • Code 46

  • Huckabees

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  • Hero, Suspect Zero

  • The Chronicles of Riddick

  • Van Helsing

  • The Janet Jackson Halftime Incident, The Passion of the Christ, The Big Bounce

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Monster

  • The Return of the King

  • Bad Santa, Timeline

  • Bubba Ho-tep

  • Intacto

  • Hulk

  • The Matrix: Reloaded

  • Identity, 28 Days Later

  • Dreamcatcher

  • City of God

  • Daredevil

  • The Left Behind Movies

  • Solaris

  • Far from Heaven, The Quiet American

  • Heaven

  • One Hour Photo

  • Signs and Uzumaki

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

  • Insomnia

  • Spider-Man

  • Y Tu Mamá También, Scotland, PA

  • The Panic Room

  • The Time Machine

  • Lantana (and Rollerball and The Mothman Prophecies)

  • Mike Tyson and the Nevada Boxing Commission (not yet a movie)

  • The Brotherhood of the Wolf

  • Black Hawk Down

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Vanilla Sky

  • Harry Potter

  • K-Pax

  • Donnie Darko

  • Hearts in Atlantis

  • The Deep End, Ghost World

  • Our Lady of the Assassins

  • The Others

  • Jurassic Park III, Planet of the Apes

  • The Pledge, Sexy Beast

  • A.I. [post-mortem]

  • A.I. [prediction]

  • Four Good Movies

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Enemy at the Gates

  • Shadow of the Vampire, Dracula 2000

  • The Sixth Day

  • Almost Famous

  • Nurse Betty

  • Bless the Child

  • Space Cowboys

  • X-Men

  • Gladiator