Why ‘TOMB RAIDER’ is important for cinema’s next generation of ‘strong female characters’

March 14th, 2018 | Film Stories, Movie News, Opinion | 1 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Over the past few years, we’ve seen many a “strong female character” grace the silver screen – particularly in the action genre. Marvel heroines like Valkyrie, Black Widow, Peggy Carter, Gamora and Pepper Potts showed audiences that women can be dynamic beings. WONDER WOMAN gave us a fearless femme to emulate. ATOMIC BLONDE bequeathed us with a scrappy fighter who could mix it up just as well as John Wick. And let’s ...


The beautiful alienation of Paul Thomas Anderson films

January 29th, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic When staring at the list of Paul Thomas Anderson’s lead characters, you can't help but notice that these people have isolated themselves in one way or another. Anderson doesn’t create misanthropes outright. They’re looking for a higher plain of existence. Anderson alienates his characters who attempting to play a part in conventional society. It's the work of a mad genius, but you don’t necessarily have to get mad before ...


‘HAPPY DEATH DAY’, and other sugary sweet horror films

October 13th, 2017 | Film Stories | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic HAPPY DEATH DAY is simple: It's GROUNDHOG DAY with a slasher-film twist. It's just the kind of movie that has enough sugar to skate by on an entertaining trip to the movies. It's the type of horror PG-13 films dream of, not too risqué for the teens, but not silly enough to chase the adults away. The Universal horror film is out today in theaters nationwide and had a really fabulous trailer that had all the gimmicks and none of ...