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”

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”