Film Review: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)

"I've come a long way," says Wolverine (who is once again played by a hairy Hugh Jackman) in the latest installment of the X-Men franchise. This simple expression runs like a refrain throughout Days of Future Past, the seventh entry into the long-running series, and also one of its most minor. This phrase is also reflective…Read more Film Review: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)

Film Review: Hercules (2014)

When one thinks of Brett Ratner - one of Hollywood's resident homophobes - great filmmaking doesn't exactly spring to mind. Over the past ten years this paunchy businessman killed a billion dollar franchise (X-Men), gradually made another irrelevant (Rush Hour), and even found time to desexualize Pierce Brosnan and Selma Hayek - an idea one would…Read more Film Review: Hercules (2014)

“A Man Can Run Out of Things to Live For” – On the Ethos of Superhero Film Love Interests

Wolverine has always been a tormented soul, a social pariah damned by his stunted aging and propensity for berserker rage. He is a character with meat on his bones and certainly one of the richer creations in the X-Men pantheon. Of course, much of that complexity has never been effectively addressed in the various film…Read more “A Man Can Run Out of Things to Live For” – On the Ethos of Superhero Film Love Interests

Film Review: The Usual Suspects (1995)

In the mid-90‘s, before Hugh Jackman grew out the mutton chops and long before Superman would return to an apathetic public, an outrageously young director named Bryan Singer would craft a small film called The Usual Suspects. Not only did Suspects become critically and commercially successful (allowing Singer to unleash the first of what would…Read more Film Review: The Usual Suspects (1995)