“Avengers: Age of Ultron”

You got to love Joss Whedon. It’s difficult to name another writer/director responsible for creating a greater collection of strong female characters. Whether writing for film, TV or comics, the woman that populate his world have depth, intelligence, empathy and yeah, some of them can kick any guys ass.

When Joss was tapped to direct the Avengers, he made no secret that he was frustrated with Marvel for them not backing a film with a female lead .

“It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were.”

This week “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to hit theaters and might smash all box office records, and why not? The biggest grossing films are sequels, action films have a wide appeal, especially when filled with Superheroes; so it should not come as a surprise that the Avengers 2 can draw big audiences-Good for Joss and good for Marvel. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, but I have to agree, I can see no reason to suggest that the public will not flock to a action movie with a female out in front. If Hollywood is looking for successful films confirming a woman can carry an action driven story, proof can be found in Kill Bill, Alien, Tomb Raider, and The Hunger Games. Scarlett Johansson clearly has the talent to allow Black Widow to be the center attraction and sell tickets. Hopefully we will see more female lead superhero films.

AVENGERS 2 Age of Ultron

Hunger Games

Kill Bill


10 Best Female Superheros

Albert Maysles, of Gimme Shelter fame, Dies at 88

It’s always sad to lose a great filmmaker, and Albert Maysles was a real force in the world of documentary films. Albert Maysles Albert Maysles, along with his brother David, who died in 1987, received numerous awards, including an Emmy and Oscar.  They are most well known for “Grey Gardens,” a film about Edith Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale, cousins of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, documenting their lives with mental illness and showed them living a the ruins of what was once a grand mansion.

Gimme Shelter is part concert film, part behind the scenes look into what it took for The Rolling Stones​ and Jefferson Airplane to put on a free concert at the Altamont speedway. The Maysles brothers were documenting the concert when the Hell’s Angels (brought in by organizers to provide security) began beating spectators. Mick pleaded from the stage, “Why are we all fighting,” but nothing would stop the escalating violence, which left one concert-goer dead.

Gimme Shelter, Stones

American Sniper

Between my classes, homework and time devoted to theatre and film productions, I still found enough time to see every film up for a major award, but not to write as many reviews as I had in previous years. “American Sniper” had been a film that caught my interest based on the respect I have for Bradley Cooper’s work, when I saw he had gotten a nomination for best actor “Sniper” appeared on my must-see list. The film, based on an autobiography of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper credited with a record number of kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq, and the difficult time he has leaving the war behind him when returning to his family.

Continue on reading American Sniper Review

Oscar nominations for the 87th Academy Awards (Video)

I must say there were a more than few surprises this year.
I was struck by the fact that Rosamund Pike was the only nomination for “Gone Girl,” “Selma” only got listed for best picture and song, and the total snub for “the Lego Movie.”

I was upset to see “Whiplash put into the Adapted screenplay category, because it really is an original script, The only reason it was because it had already been produced as a short film. That decision is a bit questionable because the short was really just done to get investors for the full-length film. I’m glad to see both “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” do so well.

The Babadook

In a world where Horror films rely on blood and Boo!s to scare, Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” stands apart. “The Babadook” represents the best that horror has to offer. I was terrified to go on watching, yet could not look away. And that’s really something special. Additionally, the creature and mythology behind the Babadook was stellar; hauntingly unnatural while at the same time, remarkably plausible, 

Click for Review The Babadook.

Summer of Blood

Each year I patiently wait or TCFF to send me the publication listing the films to be exhibited for the coming festival. Some are films I have heard of, others are by directors, actors and or writers who’s body of work with which I’m familiar, but periodically a title, name or image captures my attention; such was the case with Onur Tukel‘s “Summer of Blood.” A film with a quirky collection of Vampires and a 30 something guy just trying to skate through life.

This was one very fun film  Click to Check out my full review.


Interstellar Film Review

I’m a great fan of the work of Christopher Nolan, and I was looking forward to the release of Interstellar.

I am excited introduce Mason Speta as a Special Guest editor and to be able to share her insight and review.

Read Interstellar Review.


Now on break from college, I have a chance to catch up on a few reviews.


Mike Nichols, Director of stage and screen, Dead At 83

Mike Nichols,  Dead At 83

You might not know the name Mike Nichols, but you certainly know his work. The director of “The Graduate,” one of my all-time favorite films, a former Second City member, and the director of seemingly every great broadway play throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Nichols was a legend. He’s the guy people like Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman) turn to for help, and is idolized of people like Adam McKay (Anchorman, Stepbrothers) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle). With his passing, we loose one of the greatest directors of all time. RIP.


Blue is the Warmest Color

I finally saw “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” I was unable to see it upon its release due to its NC-17 rating. Finally, nearly a year-and-a-half after it took home the Palme d’Or at Cannes, I sat myself down for to watch the 3 hour long romantic epic in French. 

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Blue is the Warmest Color.

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