How Reviewers Shape Perception

Nerds are popular, at least in Hollywood. This paradox has grown in recent years as Marvel, DC, Warner Bros and other Studios continuously churn out comic book, superhero, and sci-fi films grossing large Box Office numbers. But not all of us grew up reading comic books; and despite what the internet declares, not every Marvel … Continue reading How Reviewers Shape Perception


Original or Passé? / “Split”

James McAvoy is surrounded by women, even from within; yet “Split” fails to break away from horror movie tropes. Perhaps “Split” has been overly praised due to the low bar writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has set with his most recent forays into film. How would this movie fare if released 15 years ago, when “The … Continue reading Original or Passé? / “Split”

(American) Hero Worship / “Patriots Day”

“Patriots Day” is at it’s best when it attempts to play against stereotypes; but the pull towards hero worship is too strong to resist. The film is partially dedicated to law enforcement, but it’s clear they are the main focus of this story. The Boston Marathon bombings are barely three-and-a-half years old, which means the … Continue reading (American) Hero Worship / “Patriots Day”

Love and Feminism / “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

Can you have a feminist film that revolves around a woman picking between two men? Re-watching “Bridget Jones’s Diary” shows me that it's possible. If you haven’t yet seen this modern classic, it’s currently available on Netflix. Go home and treat yourself. I first saw “Bridget Jones's Diary” the year is was released – I … Continue reading Love and Feminism / “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

No Woman is an Island / “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

I’m almost hesitant to complain about Rogue One because the most recent Star Wars films both have female leads. But does that fact necessarily mean strong female characters? Jyn, our lead in Rogue One, is a reluctant heroine. She’s pulled into the Rebel Alliance unwillingly; her journey is Rebel-without-a-cause to Rebel-with-a-cause. She’s not defined by her gender, nor … Continue reading No Woman is an Island / “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”