Jeff York

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

At the Oscars this year, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Sigourney Weaver presented the music awards while trumpeting the powerful women they played in, respectively, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Alien. Weaver even cracked about how they were going to go out and start their own ‘fight club’ after the show. Indeed, female action heroes […]

 Jeff York

“Downhill” Misses the Subtleties of the Original in Remaking “Force Majeure”

“Downhill” Misses the Subtleties of the Original in Remaking “Force Majeure”

If you’ve never seen Force Majeure, the 2014 French/Swedish production, then its 2020 American remake will likely be amusing enough for you. However, if you have seen the original, then you’ll realize Downhill doesn’t quite succeed as a sublime comedy of manners like its predecessor did. Even though stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are […]

 Jeff York

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature this year. The Academy decided not to nominate the all-time biggest moneymaker in animation history. That’s right, Frozen II did not make the final five. Did that snub reflect jealousy on the part of the animation branch of voters, or […]

 Jeff York

“Birds of Prey” Empowers Its Female Characters with R-rated Mayhem

“Birds of Prey” Empowers Its Female Characters with R-rated Mayhem

You can take Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander, and Charlie’s Angels and invite them all to a Goop candle party because for unencumbered, unadulterated ass-kicking, nothing’s going to beat the ladies of Birds of Prey. The four women and one teen girl who make up the squad in this latest DC Comics big-screen adaptation aren’t taking names […]

 Jeff York

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

If you’ve been following the Oscar-nominated animated shorts for the past few years, it will come as no surprise that this year’s crop of candidates includes some cute hand-drawn critters, edgy stop-motion entries from across the pond, and stories with enough pathos to tug at the hearts of old and young Academy members alike. What […]

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