Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Can Take All My Money

Oh, hey. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s this little flick out called Wonder Woman right now. Not a huge deal or whatever. Just a feature film directed by a woman about a female superhero who happens to be comic book and pop culture legend. I mean, it’s not like fans have been asking for this for years or anything. Or that it’s totally proving Hollywood wrong about how they think audiences don’t want to watch (let alone care about) women’s stories. Or that it’s stomping the circle-jerk among production companies that say women directors just can’t helm a big budget blockbuster. Nah, this is definitely nothing to celebrate. Continue reading “Wonder Woman Can Take All My Money”

Movie still from Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes

And so we continue the “Summer of Sequels” with Star Trek Beyond. The third installment of Star Trek no longer has J.J. Abrams at the helm, though he’s still producing (Side note: I find it hilarious that Abrams was criticized for making Trek movies that felt too much like Star Wars, and then he made an amazing Star Wars film). It’s now in the hands of Justin Lin, who’s credited with saving the Fast & Furious franchise. Combine Lin’s franchise mojo with a screenplay written by Simon Pegg (who doubles as Star Trek‘s Scotty) and Doug Jung, and you get Star Trek Beyond, a fun, action-packed movie stuffed with Trek nostalgia. It’s more cohesive than Star Trek Into Darkness, but it still has some issues… Continue reading “Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes”

Into the Woods Movie 2014

Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music

In a village just outside the woods, the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) make a deal with the Witch (Meryl Streep) to remove a family curse so they can finally have a child. But they must find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold, which leads them into the woods. There, they meet Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), all of whom have wishes of their own. Continue reading “Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music”

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek: Into Darkness of What?

Look, I know this movie is technically being promoted as Star Trek Into Darkness, but there really should be a colon between “Star Trek” and “Into Darkness.” Henceforth, I shall refer to this movie as Star Trek: Into Darkness. Because grammar, goddamnit. I mean, come on. They colonized (Yes, colonized) Star Trek: The Next Generation. Continue reading “Star Trek: Into Darkness of What?”