Cinematic Slant

Cinematic Slant is where I write about movies, including the campaign recaps I’ve been doing since 2004 along with other news and opinions.

We’re About To Get a Lot of Harley Quinn: There’s an audience out there for as much Harley Quinn material as can be produced. There are caveats to that, though, that need to be taken into account.

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I, Tonya – Marketing Recap: There’s attitude and swagger to spare throughout the marketing, which matches the public persona many of us associate with the real-life Harding. It’s clear the filmmakers aren’t glossing over anything.

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Why Do We Keep Getting Stories of Terrible Men?: I want more stories of the women who changed the damn world on their own while they were under-appreciated by the men who never gave them a chance in the traditional structures of power, the ones that stood strong no matter how many times the world told them to sit down. I want stories of women of color who have done all that and more.


The Shape of Water – Marketing Recap: It’s not surprising to see the marketing for a movie from del Toro rely this strongly on a combination of secrecy, fantasy, mystery, story and visual style. That’s been his stock and trade for years now.

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The Book of Henry – After the Campaign Review: …if you give the movie here a chance and view it free of the somewhat misleading pitch that was made in last year’s marketing, you may not regret it. I won’t say it’s enjoyable from beginning to end and, again, won’t pretend like there aren’t issues that should have been addressed.

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This Writing Life

This Writing Life is where I share my thoughts, experiences and tips on the writing process.

The Compromises Necessary To a Daily Writing Routine: Actually fulfilling the promise of daily writing, and reaping the long-term rewards of doing so (exposure, traffic, new job or freelance opportunities, respect) means becoming comfortable with compromise.

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Is It Alright To Write Angry?: Putting personal communications like email aside to focus on the public publishing, the question is this: Is it ever alright to write angry?

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Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.