A cast of A-listers elevate a messy female-centric summer heist film
In a time where it seems women are (still) given the short end of the stick, is there room for an all female remake of an all male trilogy? If we’ve learned anything from Ghostbusters (and recently, Star Wars), it is that sexism is still alive and well. So, what better than to give a big middle finger and create a pseudo-sequel of the Ocean trilogy with a cast of A-list female talent at the helm. Ocean’s Eight is a fast-paced heist extravaganza walking a fine line between stylized realism and fantasy escapism.
After 10 years, Marvel delivers their biggest and boldest movie yet
It’s been 10 years since Marvel released their first movie as part of their ground-breaking cinematic universe. Since then, we’ve seen films for Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and even Antman. We’ve been on a roller coaster ride of emotions with our favorite superheroes. Infinity War is the grand season finale to the TV show-movie hybrid called the MCU. Whether you’re okay with this concept will ultimately determine your enjoyment of Marvel’s biggest, boldest, and most ambitious movie yet.
It’s no secret, even to longtime fans, that the Star Wars movies are formulaic films. They follow a certain path that leads to a certain victory. And not to say that the formula doesn’t work, because it indeed does and trying something new wasn’t always Star Wars‘ biggest success (yes, I mean the prequels). However, as Star Wars is being directed by auteur filmmakers, that comforting formula will be challenged. Star Wars: The Last Jedi manages to subvert expectations while delivering a worthy sequel that takes its place among the best of the franchise.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s heavy style and off-beat villain warrant its existence
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprising spy movie that no one had ever seen before. It was an over the top parody of everything from James Bond to trophy blondes while oozing with British culture and explosive style. Matthew Vaughn steps behind the camera again for his first sequel and Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows suit with everything that made fans fell in love with Eggsy and the gang the first time around. However, it also brings everything that prevented it from going higher and more.
Despite its many flaws, The Defenders’ diverse and compelling characters make it worthwhile
Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe was once an exciting subject for fans of The Defenders. They got to see their favorite heroes’ separate series and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and even Luke Cage’s stand-alone series were all surprisingly good. People seem to have forgotten that they were the first series to make Netflix a considerable network capable of spewing out high-quality content. Now, with this in mind, it’s rather disappointing that the highly anticipated team up is a sub-par 8-episode limited series only saved by the characters we already learned to love.
At first glance, David Leitch‘s latest action flick looked like a female version of his very successfulJohn Wick franchise. It had the same style, similar leading character, and from the trailers, a similar story. If it were the case, Atomic Blonde would have stopped the progression done to women in film instead of riding with the tide. Therefore, I am happy to announce to you that Atomic Blonde isn’t an exact copy of John Wick, and while it isn’t as good, there are still excellent elements that help redeem this spy thriller.
Remember Halle Berry? The first black woman to ever win an Academy Award For Best Actress. Remember Catwoman? Oh, how people were shocked to see such a talented actress stuck in a truly terrible film. Remember The Call? People were confused as to why she just could not find work to the caliber of her acting. Well, after the disastrous Kidnap, I think it’s finally safe to say that Halle Berry‘s acting career has hit rock bottom. Kidnap almost serves as a warning sign to other Oscar-winning actresses – movies like Kidnap will permanently kill your career.