Wonder Woman an epic step forward in blockbuster filmmaking

In the immortal words of Dolly Levi, “it takes a woman!” It’s precisely the lesson Hollywood needed to learn as it scratched its head, wondering how to keep the highly-lucrative superhero genre afloat in a sea of familiarity and waning patience from audiences and critics alike. They wanted something fresh. They got it. Tinseltown has…

By Cory Woodroof
Kick Ass

Youth Unmasked: Matthew Vaughan’s Kick-Ass Coming of Age Story

“I always wondered why nobody did it before me; I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows… you’d think that one eccentric loner would’ve made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting, schools and offices so thrilling that I’m the only one who ever fantasized about this? Come on, be…

By Curtis Cole
Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange Brings Metaphysics and Mysticism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By the time you’re watching stoic kung fu sorcerers chasing bad kung fu sorcerers through a labyrinth of twisting cityscapes and magical portals that lead to who knows where, you know this isn’t a normal Marvel Studios venture. The behemoth studio behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed a sprawling storyline that has had some…

By Cory Woodroof
300

The Worst 5 ‘Name’ Directors Working in Hollywood Today

How do you define “bad” when it comes to movies? Tastes are so subjective. Some people dig Now, Voyager (1942). I loathe it. Some folks believe Woody Allen is a great filmmaker. Not me. So then why in the name of all that is celluloid would you trust the personal opinions behind what is purportedly…

By Simon Hardy Butler
superhero Thor

Where did Storm go?: Representing Race and Gender in Superhero films

Superhero films and the comics that spawned them are famous for their traditionally white male fan-base. It’s a fan-base to which the creators play, with the vast majority of superheroes, and particularly the high profile ones, being white men. This raises issues for the balanced representation of gender and race and for the diversity of…

By Andrew Knighton
superheroes The Avengers

The Fallibility of Superheroes: Fighting the Gorgon

The Avengers Cinematic Universe presents an uncompromisingly problematic worldview. On the one hand, Marvel and Disney have established an unprecedented level of intrigue in their Grand Cinematic Experiment, forcing blockbusters to strive for a higher level, higher budget, higher income, and higher expectations from producers, filmmakers and filmgoers alike. The consolidation of characters and crossover…

By Anthony Pilloud