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Introducing… Static & Screen

Editor’s Note – 8/4/2020:

As I am experiencing numerous stresses personal and professional, I have made the difficult decision to discontinue my film reviews at Static and Screen. Since I started the site in January, it has gone from being a source of great pleasure to a source of additional stress.
I’m hopeful that I can bring the reviews back in some shape or form down the line, but this is goodbye for now (although all of my 100+ reviews can still be accessed at through the end of 2020).
Thanks to everyone who has supported this project and visited the site to read a review or two.


Stephen Dow


Once upon a time, there was this thing called static.

You could find it on your TV stations sometime between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. The national anthem would play, the broadcast day would conclude, and you would be left with nothing but hours of static.

The idea seems rather quaint in 2020 when content never stops – even for a second. There were 230 new American films released in 2019 alone, according to Wikipedia.

Content has become the new static, and it is easy to become lost in it.

At “Static & Screen”, I hope to cut through the static a bit by providing thoughtful and against-the-grain criticism of films big or small as they arrive in theaters; on DVD and Blu-Ray; and on the alarmingly large number of streaming services that have been proliferating in recent years. The reviews here are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the large volume of content available, but they will hopefully provide a place to start.

I am not a professional movie reviewer, but I am an avid movie watcher and movie review reader, which I hope is the next best thing. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and letting you share your thoughts with me.

“Static & Screen” is a place for intelligent conversations about pop culture. I look forward to the discussion.

About the author

Photo by Floyd Whiting

Stephen Dow is an award-winning journalist with a passion for film – not just consuming it, but thoughtfully and actively engaging with it. He believes that these modern myths have a lot to tell us about our world and ourselves.  He can be reached at

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