Film Review: The Rover (2014)

From Ravenous and Memento, to The Hard Word and The Proposition, Guy Pearce has shown himself again and again to be the posterboy for dirty, grim tales of crime and violence. These titles - where he typically embodies gaunt, unpredictable men - showcase the actor's preternatural ability to evoke both extreme emotion and remarkable restraint. In…Read more Film Review: The Rover (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier or How the Marvel Cinematic Universe Stopped Working

This is not an essay designed to bash The Winter Solider. Taken on its own merits the most recent Captain America movie is a pretty good thrill ride, ranking easily as one of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, its status as part of a much larger whole is where one finds fault…Read more Captain America: The Winter Soldier or How the Marvel Cinematic Universe Stopped Working

Film Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

In the third Iron Man film, the adage, "A hero is only as good as his villain," certainly applies. Iron Man 3's baddie easily eclipses such forgettable foes as Whiplash and Obadiah Stane in terms of banality. However, what's worse is that the film's eponymous hero, portrayed once more with a snarky playfulness by Robert…Read more Film Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)