‘Valerian’ is a Gorgeous, Stunning Adventure

After years of trying, and amassing the largest budget ever for an independent film, director Luc Besson has finally made his dream of adapting the Valérian and Laureline comics for the big screen a reality. First published in 1967, the famous comic series is responsible for inspiring some of the most iconic science fiction films of all time, including Star Wars. 50 years later, the … Continue reading ‘Valerian’ is a Gorgeous, Stunning Adventure

Bam! Pow! Zap! The Legacy of Adam West

Holy heartbreak, Batman. On Jun. 10, legendary actor Adam West, best known for his iconic role as the titular hero on the 1966 Batman television series, died at age 88. But unbeknownst to fans, West had been battling illness, and he’d remained active in his career right to the end. For generations of fans, West was the first actor to take Batman out of the … Continue reading Bam! Pow! Zap! The Legacy of Adam West

‘Wonder Woman’ is a Superhero Masterpiece

There is no comic book film that has been more overdue than Wonder Woman. The iconic heroine has been around for over 75 years, but didn’t make her theatrical debut until last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, courtesy of director Patty Jenkins, she has at long last received her first solo film—a film which was well worth the wait. Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman’ is a Superhero Masterpiece

Colossal is a Giant, Genre-Mixing Surprise

For a movie whose title implies something massive, Colossal is rather small, as films go. That’s not to say that nothing happens in its story, in fact, the events are quite huge for the characters involved. But, in relation to other “monster” movies or Hollywood blockbusters about saving the world, the film operates on a minute scale. Continue reading Colossal is a Giant, Genre-Mixing Surprise

The Zookeeper’s Wife is a Powerful, Though Flawed, Holocaust Tale

Hollywood loves to make movies about World War II and the Holocaust, so much so that such films almost encompass their own unique genre. The allure to filmmakers is obvious; the horrific events of the international conflict provided innumerable true and compelling stories that make for great cinema. Director Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife is the latest Holocaust film landing in theatres—and hopefully—in the hearts of viewers. Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife is a Powerful, Though Flawed, Holocaust Tale