Film Review: The Utopian Pleasures of “Black Panther” (2018)

Every so often a film comes along that really and truly changes the contours of Hollywood filmmaking. Black Panther is one such film. I tend to be a bit hyperbolic in my praise of films that I really enjoy, and I will warn you right now that this is going to be on of those reviews. … Continue reading Film Review: The Utopian Pleasures of “Black Panther” (2018)

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Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Warning:  Spoilers for the film follow. I've long thought that the Captain America parts of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) are the most artistically, narratively, and philosophically mature, and Captain America:  Civil War proves to be no exception. As is the case with the best superhero films, it asks the thorny questions, such as:  at what point does vengeance … Continue reading Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”: A Melodramatic Myth for the Anthropocene

Warning:  Full spoilers for the film follow. I'll be the first to admit a fair amount of skepticism going into Avengers:  Age of Ultron.  While I am, as a rule, a fan of superhero films, and while I believe that Marvel films in particular are often far more complex and nuanced in their address than might … Continue reading “Avengers: Age of Ultron”: A Melodramatic Myth for the Anthropocene