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: Stan & Ollie

Jon S. Baird’s heartfelt tribute to Laurel and Hardy delivers a most touching view of the extraordinary professional and personal relationship between these icons.

Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns has its charms but cannot escape the shadow of the original.

Review: The Mule

Neither Clint Eastwood nor The Mule itself are the flashiest or most sophisticated effort you'll ever see but the familiarity of their approach lends itself to a satisfying result nonetheless

In Appreciation Of: Schindler’s List At 25

Revisiting Spielberg's harrowing Holocaust drama on its 25th Anniversary

Review: At Eternity’s Gate

At Eternity's Gate walks a fine line between overdone collection of cliches and affecting tribute but thanks to Willem Dafoe's performance it leans more to the latter

Review: Creed II

Creed II relies heavily on the traditional Rocky formula to deliver a safe but ultimately satisfying entry into the franchise