Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

The issue of female representation in Hollywood films is a popular issue. From the controversy surrounding how people reacted to last summer’s female-led Ghostbusters film, to recent discussions about Wonder Women, the desire for more women in leading roles continues to be a passionately debated topic. Therefore, when Elizabeth Banks made comments at an awards ceremony regarding… Continue reading Elizabeth Banks, Steven Spielberg, and “The Color Purple”

“La La Land” : Glamour! Nostalgia! Artifice!

La La Land has the distinction of sharing the record for the most Academy Award nominations, fourteen, with Titanic. La La Land swept up at the Golden Globes this year. La La Land is the current favorite to win at this year’s ceremonies as well because of all the other acclaim its swept up. While… Continue reading “La La Land” : Glamour! Nostalgia! Artifice!

Blandly “Taking Lives”

Taking Lives is a 2004 thriller from director D.J. Caruso starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, loosely based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Michael Pye.  The reason I opted to watch this recently is because a friend of mine said “Hey, I watched this movie Taking Lives the other day and… Continue reading Blandly “Taking Lives”