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


(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”

There Are Worse Things I Could Do / “Grease”

I love Grease.  Let me make sure you understand.  I.  Love.  Grease.  The play.  The movie.  The songs.  It's fun, it's tongue-in-cheek, and it's definitely a throwback. But something I've recently been rolling around in my mind: Why does Sandy end up changing, while Danny (ultimately) stays the same? Now, of course, Danny does his whole … Continue reading There Are Worse Things I Could Do / “Grease”

Women in 3D / “The Girl on the Train”

This must be what’s it like to be a man; when entering a movie theater you see, on screen, a varied representation of multi-dimensional characters who encounter problems and road-blocks along their journey. At no point during The Girl on the Train did I roll my eyes at a stereotypical female trope.  Rather, the opposite happened; the … Continue reading Women in 3D / “The Girl on the Train”

This is a Man’s World / “Hell or High Water”

Every once in a while I come across a film that moves me, sometimes for reasons I cannot explain. From the opening shot of Hell or High Water I quickly realized this modern-day Western would be a ‘Man’s Movie’ (white hats and all) and, not surprisingly, doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. Amazingly enough, this film … Continue reading This is a Man’s World / “Hell or High Water”