I went into Captain Marvel not expecting much – the trailers did nothing to generate excitement for me, instead, doing the opposite. I thought it would be rather boring. I left the theatre happily surprised that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but unfortunately, not much of that enjoyment was because of Captain Marvel. […]
Atlantis: The Lost Empire and The White Savior
Wonder Woman is the superhero I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been looking forward to Wonder Woman since the character was the best part of Batman V Superman, and it did not disappoint. Not only did the film have a wonderful story, great cheer-able moments, and good characterization, but Diana Prince was a fantastic and inspiring Capable Female Character.
What is a ‘Strong Female Character’?
The phrase “Strong Female Character” has become a buzzword Hollywood likes to throw around to con women into thinking a film isn’t misogynistic with the female characters as nothing more than the damsel in distress or scene decoration. But what, exactly, a Strong Female Character is hasn’t been defined, and it often seems like the […]
Jane from The Legend of Tarzan is not a strong character
Because of the current cultural and political landscape, a good chunk of the promotion around Beauty and the Beast (2017) centered on discussion of how Belle was a feminist character, an inventor, an independent person. Belle pretty much lived up to the hype, but there was another recent film whose female lead character was sold […]
How well did Beauty and the Beast (2017) update Belle?
I’ve now seen Beauty and the Beast (2017) four times, and I absolutely adore the film. I think the film is utterly charming, the changes and additions in the live action remake of the original animated film improved on the story, and the performances were wonderful. Not only did the new film tweak and update […]
Beauty and the Beast isn’t about Stockholm Syndrome
The Internet loves Disney animated movies and Disney Princesses, and floating in between the fan theories and the Princesses re-imagined in all sorts of ways is a dark theory that states Beauty and the Beast (1991) is about Stockholm Syndrome. This theory has taken such hold that it’s moved off the Internet and into the […]
Female characters I want to be more like
When movies get muddled: The Spaghetti Taco Hamburger
Making an exciting, compelling film isn’t easy if the barrage of terrible movies is anything to go by, but while there are a lot of reasons for a movie to be terrible there is one specific reason which occurs somewhat frequently that I’ve named The Spaghetti Taco Hamburger. What is a Spaghetti Taco Hamburger? Separately, […]
Oblivion: the unofficial Half-Life/Portal movie
Oblivion should be renamed to Unofficial Half-Life/Portal Movie Starring Tom Cruise. That opening sentence may seem like a joke, but when I watched Oblivion and saw Drone 166 for the first time, my first thought was “Wheatley!” Then when I saw the inside of the Tet I screamed “GLaDOS!” out load at my computer. The […]