‘PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING’ does everything a sequel should do – so why is it so hollow?

March 22nd, 2018 | Film Stories, Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Creating a worthy sequel for franchise fans is pretty textbook at this point, so it’s always surprising when someone screws it up. The audiences wants are fairly simple: double down on what was there before in terms of the narrative, deepen character relationships and make sure the action is twice as explosive and fun. Simply put, a sequel should be even more awesome than the original to justify its existence. Yet, even ...


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 ...