Michael Vecchio

Michael Vecchio is a critic, essayist, musician and contributing writer for Before The Cyborgs A graduate of the University of Alberta, he is an avid follower of film, current events, history, and politics. When not at the movies, he is an active pianist and accompanist.

Recent articles

In Appreciation Of: The Lion King (1994)

Reflecting on the legacy of The Lion King (1994) as a masterpiece in animation whilst pondering the status of live-action remakes in the modern era

Review: Midsommar

Ari Aster's sophomore feature Midsommar is formally strong but lacks the narrative / thematic punch to sustain itself over its extended runtime

In Appreciation Of: The Blair Witch Project At 20

A genius marketing ploy put the Blair Witch Project on the map but its revolutionary approach made it a genre classic

Review: Child’s Play (2019)

Not quite a remake yet not a completely original concept, Child's Play (2019) finds itself stuck between nostalgia and new

Review: Ophelia

Despite a fantastic performance by Daisy Ridley and some solid filmmaking, Ophelia drowns in a sea of plot conveniences and lazy writing.

In Appreciation Of: Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery Through the Spider-Verse

Journey through the Spider-verse as we reflect on the Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery and their appearances throughout film, comics, and pop culture

Articles by this author

Review: Tolkien

Tolkien offers a superficial look at the inspirations and talents of the great author.

Review: Dumbo (2019)

Visually delightful, but emotionally underwhelming, Dumbo remains a solid showcase of Tim Burton’s unique cinematic style.

Review: Fighting With My Family

Fighting with My Family lifts pro wrestling's veil of secrecy, in a heartfelt embrace of one star's personal journey.

Review: Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit may not offer anything particularly new, but with Liam Neeson's reliable star power stands its ground as an entertaining vigilante movie.

In Appreciation Of: Brooklyn

Literature and films on love are often based on a couple's relationship, but seldom do they cover the different types of love besides that of two partners. But it is precisely the many types...

Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

An astounding technical achievement in film restoration, Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is an emotionally superb embrace of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.