Category: Reviews
Belle
BelleIt was a good week for movies over at Philadelphia Weekly! I enjoyed both the claustrophobic character study of Locke and the 18th-century period piece Belle, which is otherwise so good about addressing its various long-simmering tensions that it felt like overkill whenever someone gives a heartfelt speech nearly drowned out by the orchestra.…
Captain America 2; Soldiers.
Captain America 2; Soldiers.Captain America had an unusual introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in that he got a movie more or less to himself; sure, we got Dad Stark and a proto-SHIELD intelligence agency, but Captain America (wisely) spent the vast majority of its energy on Steve himself, separating the cookie-cutter heroism of many a movie soldier and bypassing the gimme of Nazis as the enemy by giving him an internal conflict that both sustained and impeded him: What does it mean to be Good?…
Pacific Rim
Pacific RimI’m at convention this weekend; I had planned to arrive in time to watch the late-night rerun of Sharknado, because there was no way I was missing Sharknado. As it turns out, there was a way, since the hotel didn’t carry the necessary channel, which meant my plans of a sublime B-movie were dashed.…
The Fosters
The FostersDespite still bearing an endless grudge against ABCFamily for their cancellation of The Middleman, and being forever wary of some of their core programming (The Secret Life of the American Teenager is a fever dream from which we’ll never wake!), I was intrigued when the network announced The Fosters for its summer lineup; the drama would focus on a two-mom multicultural family including biological, adopted, and foster children.…
B-movies/Byzantium
B-movies/ByzantiumThis week, I had the opportunity to write an editorial essay for Clarkesworld that was meant to be something of a personal take on my approach to movie reviewing, with an undercurrent of, “Because sometimes you like bad movies a lot and you should probably explain that.” I ended up writing a love letter to the wide swath of things that get classified, could be classified, and want to be classified as B-movies, because damn, there is a lot going on under that umbrella.…
Stoker
Stoker“Did you ever stop to think that a family should be the most wonderful thing in the world?” Stoker, Park Chan-wook’s superlatively beautiful film, is billed as a thriller, but isn’t quite. It’s more a style-heavy meditation on things not actually present in the narrative (it’s a vampire movie with no vampires), and a ruthless dissection of the thing that is (family, family, family).…