Articles Posted in the " Movie Reviews & Analysis " Category

  • Katniss Everdeen can open Hollywood’s Eyes!

    Hollywood is full of male-centric films. And who can blame them? These are the films that make the most money at the box office. The highest grossing action-hero films of 2013 include Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Man of Steel. That’s why it’s a nice surprise when an action film with a female lead […]


  • Loki and the Language of Sexual Violence in the MCU

    [Trigger warning: discussion of sexual violence, consent issues, and rape]   All this talk of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (2013) inspired me to break out my Blu-ray edition of Marvel’s Thor (2011) the other night. By all accounts, it’s my favorite film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since it taught me to love […]


  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of the rare sequels that surpasses the original movie. All of the problems with the first movie were eliminated in Catching Fire. There was not one shaky cam shot, characters were fleshed out (some even more so than the book), and the political turmoil throughout Panem was brought […]


  • Thor: The Dark World Has Strong Characterization, Lacks Adventure

    Lo, goodly reader. Throughout this article lies spoilers. Verily, proceed with caution.   Thor: The Dark World got a lot of things right and just as many things wrong. Through my almost hysterical giddiness, I saw pacing issues, a two-dimensional villain and a disappointing lack of adventure. Was it unbearable? By no means. 2011’s Thor […]


  • The Fifth Estate: When Fangirls Go See Serious Cinema

    I’m going to admit it right off the bat here.  I spent $10 to see Benedict Cumberbatch on the big screen.  It’s not that I wouldn’t have been interested in The Fifth Estate had he not been cast, but I might have waited for it to come out on DVD to do so.  I didn’t […]


  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: The Foodening

         I’m going to get this right out of the way.  Yes, this movie is good.  It is more than good, it was great.  It completely holds up as a sequel and as a movie in it’s own right.  There’s a healthy amount of adventure, character building, and (most of all) comedy.  They didn’t reheat […]


  • Sharknado vs. Ghost Shark

    * I’m just going to go ahead and put a SPOILER ALERT on this entire article. If you don’t want to be spoiled for Sharknado or Ghost Shark, stop reading now. * Sharknado premiered on the SyFy channel in mid-July of this year, and there’s no arguing with the fact that it took the world […]


  • RIDDICK: Not Really A Trilogy! A Review.

    Ok, so Riddick is supposed to be the culmination of the Chronicles of Riddick film trilogy. But truthfully while it transitions from the ending storyline from the previous film, also named Chronicles of Riddick, and yes had a fantastic cameo appearance of Karl Urban, reprising his role as Commander Vaako, walking out of the theater […]


  • Much Ado About Nothing: Whedonites and Shakespearians Unite

    Joss Whedon, once merely the nerdy niche-genre mastermind behind such underappreciated shows as Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, finally found some real mainstream success with his recent helming of The Avengers. But immediately afterwards, as if startled by a project of his making several boatloads of money instead of being summarily cancelled, he did something unexpected. […]


  • Pacific Rim: B-Movie Monster Flick Bringing its A-Game

    From the headline alone you can tell that I am a fanboy and, yes, this movie was made for me. It was made for all of us geeks that have waited a lifetime for a movie like this, and it was hand-delivered by genius director Guillermo del Toro.  The movie features colossal beasts called Kaiju, which […]