Beasts of No Nation: A Eurocentric Tale of the Contemporary African Cannibal

  Beasts of No Nation,  a film by Cary Joji Fukunaga (director of HBO’s True Detective), has received an overwhelming amount of critical acclaim, earning the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, and has prompted many to suggest that Idris Elba is one of many actors of colour who have been overlooked during […]

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and Sublime Cinema

  For fans of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant is an affirmation that the classic anti-western (or anti-Western) can, in fact, be effectively adapted to the screen. Though very different in narrative structure, the film is clearly a kindred spirit to the novel in that it questions the ideals of the antiquated […]

The Visit, The Green Inferno, and The Fear of the ‘Other’ In Hollywood

  It is no secret that Hollywood has a storied history with xenophobia in all its forms, whether it be in Birth of a Nation, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Sheik, and more recently with the forgettable No Escape (which frankly sounds more like the title of a wrestling pay-per-view special that a film).  Though […]

The Existentialist Ex Machina

  Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a masterful existentialist thriller that marries The Tempest with Blade Runner to create a science fiction film that maximizes the potential of the genre.  The film details a week in the life of Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a programmer who has recruited another programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), from his Google-esque corporation in […]

The Age of Ultron and America’s Foreign Policy

  Avengers: Age of Ultron is what action movies should aspire to be.  Far from a special effect vehicle with action sequences meant solely to rake in cash, the film offers a constructive exploration of the culture of violence that stems from foreign policy rooted in a hero complex through engaging and entertaining metaphors.  The pre-emptive […]