Wandering the Vault

RedFence Film Critic Andrew Collins explores the film canon with the fresh eyes of a homeschooler from the Millennial generation. Take a new look at the films that shaped the industry and the culture at large.

English Class as It’s Meant to Be by Andrew Collins My high school English class was a waste of time at best — destructive to the human spirit at worst. I suspect I am not alone. These classes foist brilliant literature on kids before they’ve grown mature enough to enjoy it, and it turns them […]


An Epic for Its Time by Andrew Collins It’s a pity that the term “epic” has suffered so much overuse and degradation of late, because Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is one of those films that lives up to the word in all of its fullness. You liked Braveheart, Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings? Meet […]


Pulp /’pəlp/ n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter by Andrew Collins After seeing Reservoir Dogs  last week and having now attended the one-night theatrical return of Pulp Fiction in honor of 20 years of Quentin Tarantino filmmaking, I see why Tarantino is such a big deal. In Pulp Fiction we find him […]


Reservoir Dogs and the Tarantino Experience by Andrew Collins Until last Tuesday, I had never seen a Quentin Tarantino film. I knew his movies were typically quite violent — easy enough to infer from the trailers of Inglourious Basterds and the soon-to-be-released Django Unchained — but that was about it. I stereotyped him as someone obsessed […]


The Best Movie Ever by Andrew Collins It’s impossible to watch a movie like Casablanca, which routinely tops “best-movie-ever” lists, without high expectations. It lives up to the acclaim, of course, but it did it in a way that surprised me: Casablanca is clever. Yes, clever. In this case, it’s the stuff of greatness. Casablanca […]


Welcome to the Vault by Andrew Collins Like many homeschoolers, I had a pretty sheltered upbringing. I harbor no hard feelings about this. It’s probably a good thing that I wasn’t watching R-rated flicks in middle school and that I never had a video game console until high school. But once I got to college, […]

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