Category Archives: Film

Okja (2017)

From scene to scene and performance to performance, Okja is an ever-shifting, tonally inconsistent mess. On moment it’s a shrill satire, the next moment a heartwarming children’s story, and the next moment an earnest activist drama. It’s an intriguing mess, one that is hard to pin down because of how many pieces are at odds with each other, but not everything interesting is also good. Continue reading Okja (2017)

The Salesman (2016)

Asghar Farhadi continues to write and direct some of the most gripping dramas in all of cinema. His breakthrough film About Elly (2009) is a restrained, broiling drama that would go on to define his films. A Separation came out two years later, was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar and demonstrated that Farhadi had a captivating style of filmmaking. In 2013 he made The Past, a coproduction with France with a story of Iranian immigrants caught up in dark secrets being unearthed. Continue reading The Salesman (2016)

Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

One of my musings after watching Captain America: Civil War was who cleans up after all these superhero battles. While Civil War was the first time Marvel Studio’s touched on the collateral loss of life caused by superheroes fighting villains, it still used big spectacles of destruction and mayhem as superheroes beat down each other in an abandoned airport, tossing planes and destroying buildings in the process. Continue reading Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Wonder Woman (2017)

DC Films hasn’t put out a decent film in almost a decade. Loud, brash, abrasive films with overlong runtimes, grim tones, and bland, muted color palettes comprise just about everything that’s wrong with the superhero genre. Instead of letting up on the oppression, DC Films doubled down placing Zack Snyder as the visionary for a DC expanded universe. Therefore, I had no expectations for Wonder Woman. Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017)