Mel Valentin

Featured Critic
Mel Valentin has been writing about his first and possibly his last love, film, for more than a decade. Born somewhere on the East Coast in the last century, Mel moved to the San Francisco Bay Area two decades ago. Mel spends his days looking forward to when we can all return to movie theaters and film festivals in person.

Articles by Mel Valentin:

  • September 23, 2021

    Foundation Review: Isaac Asimov’s Groundbreaking Sci-Fi Landmark Gets the Prestige Treatment

    Based on Isaac Asimov’s groundbreaking, galaxy-spanning science fiction trilogy, Foundation, Apple TV+’s spectacular, spare-no-expense ten-part series, arrives on the streaming service with a mix of hope, anticipation and, at least for some lifelong fans, apprehension. Anticipation and hope due to the original trilogy’s status as an urtext for the science fiction genre, generating tropes and […]

  • June 11, 2021

    The Amusement Park Review: A Lost Classic Brought Back From the Dead

    Between the genre-redefining Night of the Living Dead in 1968 and the peak-career Dawn of the Dead a decade later, the late George A. Romero directed There’s Always Vanilla (1971), his only attempt at a romantic comedy, followed in quick succession by Season of the Witch and The Crazies in 1973, horror entries that received […]