Robert Yaniz Jr.

Robert Yaniz Jr.


The world of film from a fresh angle. Home of Close Watch, Franchise Detours, and Show Stoppers. New podcasts every week.

Favorite films

  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix

Recent activity

  • Blade: Trinity


  • Candyman

  • Darkman


  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife


Recent reviews

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy


    Nowadays, people tend to associate Brendan Fraser (or, *shudder,* Tom Cruise) with The Mummy. But back in the day, Frankenstein's own Boris Karloff returned to the Universal Monsters fold as the original Imhotep, who is similarly driven by an ancient love. The film's star brings an appropriate amount of menace and vulnerability to his character. However, the film's slow pace and underdeveloped supporting players make this a marked step down from the one-two punch of Dracula and Frankenstein.

  • Frankenstein



    Released the same year as Dracula, this James Whale classic brings Universal Monsters stalwart Boris Karloff into the fold. And while the general man-plays-God-gone-wrong tale is certainly effective, its central story gets a bit muddled in places. Regardless, Karloff's work -- and that of Colin Clive as the title doctor -- mostly makes up for Frankenstein's defects. Hats of to any film that opens with a fourth-wall-breaking warning to audiences. Let's bring that back please.

Popular reviews

  • Whiplash


    Under Damien Chazelle's confident direction, stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons deliver career-best performances as a young jazz drumming prodigy and his unpredictable mentor in last year's Sundance darling Whiplash. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous relationship between its two leads, raising thought-provoking questions about what it takes to truly achieve greatness and the toll that such (necessary?) unerring devotion takes on the mind. On its surface, Whiplash is about the arts, but its larger themes…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play


    Spider-Man and director of Child’s Play??? Tom Holland has RANGE.