Best Movie Moments of 2017

When writing about movies, I often use the term “cinematic.” Movies are obviously cinematic, but sometimes a film takes an idea or a moment and pushes it to the fore. It can capitalize on the experience of the film, or transcend the film entirely where it becomes the thing audiences rave about. I live for these moments. 2017 was chock full of them and I’ve handpicked ten that entertained and enraptured me. This may or may not be an indicator of what will end up on my upcoming best film list. While I am still busy catching up on the movies I’ve missed, here are my favorite movie moments of 2017.  Continue reading

We Need to Talk About Justice League

There’s a pivotal moment in Justice League where a weary Bruce Wayne champions Diana to lead the team, not him. The film wants to prove otherwise (THE LEAGUE NEEDS BATMAN). Thing is, the idea isn’t half bad. Wonder Woman is a far more efficient warrior; her steadfastness not only gets the job done, it saves Batman’s life. The film wants its team and its hierarchy, the same way Warner Bros. wants an Avengers-level success (so much so they brought in Joss Whedon). But there is no need for either aside from the machine-churning mentality of the studio blockbuster and a larger, interconnected universe – the new norm in franchise filmmaking. 2017 pushed the superhero into its golden age with stellar entries in the genre, making Justice League the sole casualty of the bunch.  Continue reading

On Sexism, Misogyny, and Self-Congratulatory Back-Patting

James Cameron made the headlines last week. He began production on 4 Avatar movies with a combined budget of $1 billion – a budget that could very well balloon to twice that or more in time. Perhaps we’ll talk about ridiculously supplying films that have little to no demand anymore (we may have been eager for an Avatar follow-up years ago, but my God we didn’t ask for FOUR), because in other news, James Cameron has decided to double down on his comments about Wonder WomanContinue reading

‘Wonder Woman’: Dawn of the Female Superhero

When Diana isn’t kicking ass or leading the charge, she’s often at the mercy of endless mansplaining. She enters a room full of male delegates and is sneered upon because it’s no place for a woman. Or she’s standing before an audience of generals and basically told, “we’ll take it from here.” The film may be set in the throes of World War I, but let’s face it, women endure male condescension no matter what century they’re in.  Continue reading

DC Films – Too Big to Fail?

For better or worse, 2016 will go down as the year DC finally kicked off their cinematic universe. Despite being critical whimpers, both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were bona fide box-office bangs, opening to the tune of $166 million and $135 million, respectively. Critics be damned; Warner Bros. is the only franchise studio to see their films open above the $100 million mark. That includes Man of Steel. But success, of course, is measured in the long run. It remains to be seen what kind of legs Suicide Squad will have going into its second and third weekend. That, and the critical decline in DC films so far have put enormous pressure on the next film to be an even bigger hit. Seeing as how WB has been reactively and aggressively tinkering with its own films, perhaps the only thing that can stop the studio is the studio itself, which begs the question: is DC at risk of imploding?  Continue reading