I Cannot Stop Thinking About Joker: Reflecting On How Society Failed Arthur Fleck

Spoilers ahead for Joker. I spent last Thursday and Friday night in a crowded theater. Surrounded by a considerable mix of singles, couples, and groups, I sat in silent excitement for one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Joker. I won’t beat around the bush; I loved this movie. It was better than…

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EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Zack Snyder

I had the opportunity to interview Zack Snyder about how women are portrayed in his filmography. Not only did I get extensive answers to my questions, I was also able to have a conversation with him about his upcoming projects, his influences, and his creativity throughout the years. The idea for this interview formed during…

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The Women in Zack Snyder’s Films

Ana Clark. Queen Gordo. Sally Jupiter. Babydoll. Sweet Pea. Rocket. Amber. Blondie. Lois Lane. Martha Kent. Wonder Woman. These are the women of Zack Snyder’s films. While he’s known for his adaptations of 300, Watchmen, of Superman and Batman, the women of his filmography are the unsung heroes of his craft. Without these women, these…

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Forgotten Greats of 2018: You Were Never Really Here and Leave No Trace

At first glance, You Were Never Really Here and Leave No Trace are two completely different films. A violent psychological thriller versus a quiet drama, two opposing genres that both end up being character studies on the featured protagonists. In You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix plays a suicidal hitman who recuses young girls…

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The Humanity of Alita: Battle Angel

My first introduction to Alita: Battle Angel wasn’t the manga or the OVA (original video adaptation) released during its run, but the trailer for the live-action adaptation coming from Hollywood. The internet did what it does best after it dropped, creating memes and online discourse because of the unusually big eyes of the protagonist, and…

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The Girl We Left Behind: David Fincher’s Incomplete Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo deserved better. David Fincher’s adaptation of the popular Swedish novel is his most underrated movie yet; although it was critically praised and did moderately well at the box office—oh yeah, and got Rooney Mara a Best Actress nomination—it still wasn’t enough to continue the trilogy. Disappointed is an understatement.…

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Batman v Superman: When Critics Don’t Like Change

Originally published on 4/9/16. This past Wednesday I went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a second time—despite what the general consensus said, I came out enjoying the movie—and while I watched the slow-mo opening credits of the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, I found myself crying. Not because of their tragic…

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The Underrated Brilliance of Josie And The Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats reached the sixteenth anniversary of its theatrical release this past Sunday and I’m 100% serious when I say that this film is not only wildly underrated but also masterful in its commentary about consumer culture and girl power. There’s so much to be said about Josie and the Pussycats in terms of feminism that…

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The Cloverfield Paradox – Review

Anyone who has followed the Cloverfield franchise from the beginning already knows to expect the unexpected. But even then, fans are still left in bewilderment at how unpredictable these films can get. The Cloverfield Paradox just dropped on Netflix—on Super Bowl Sunday of all days—with the only promotion being a 30-second teaser with the caption,…

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Cyborg Isn’t Here For Your Comic Relief

What does Cyborg mean to you? I ask this question because in the weeks leading up to the release of Justice League, I noticed an alarming amount of people who either dismissed or rejected the DCEU’s interpretation of the character. If you grew up during the era of Toonami, you almost certainly remember watching Teen…

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We Need To Talk About Lois Lane

Lois Lane doesn’t get enough credit. I don’t know how else to say it—the DCEU is a $3 billion (and counting) franchise with tons of iconic characters that have already been introduced and are the subject of analysis and discussion among fans and yet the one person I don’t see getting her due is Amy…

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