Thor: Ragnarok has a gained a stronger hold in the affections of Marvel fans than previous Thor films. This is largely due to its Guardians-esque sense of humor and absurdity, as well as its neon color palette and “buddy cops in space” vibe with the Hulk. This is all true, and the film is an absolute blast; it also includes some interesting thoughts, though admittedly secondary, on how the Asgardians as immigrants or refugees draw their identity while disconnected from their homeland.
The binge-worthy fan favorite Stranger Things has hit screens again for a second season, to a great deal of fanfare. And while this season does not contain as many allusions to faith, it does contain some valuable themes related to community.
When it comes to good mystery thrillers that fly under the radar, one of the first that always comes to my mind is Red Eye. I have to tell you, before I watched it, I had a sinking feeling I wasn’t going to be impressed. I just figured it would be one of those run-of-the-mill attempts at a suspense film that feels superficial and one one-dimensional. But guess what . . . I own a copy. I don’t spend money on a film that I don’t intend to watch more than once, and I’ve watched Red Eye quite a few times.
Imagine a bad horror film crafted by excellent filmmakers, tech savvy set designers on a budget and one handsome hero with a handful of cheesy one liners that’s sure to make any woman’s heart melt, dead or alive. That’s what you get with Sam Raimi’s 1981 and 1986 cult hit The Evil Dead.
Loving Vincent is a wonderful visual experience that’s worth every penny of its arthouse theater admission cost. It also contains a thought-provoking and nuanced probe into van Gogh’s life, even if executed imperfectly.
Although Suburbicon features a setting ripe for sad contemplations on the depravity of humankind, it instead opts for a take on the troubled family that it is itself troubling.
I think we’ve been dragged through this drain before…