The Terror of the Film Spectacle: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Review

In creating a grand narrative of films, Marvel has entered a competition with itself in needing to ensure that sequels to their previous blockbusters are even bigger spectacles than the ones that came before it. Pioneers of the “after-credits scenes,” Marvel cleverly built massive suspension leading up to their 2012 mega-hit “The Avengers” by way… Continue reading The Terror of the Film Spectacle: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Review

A Constrained Machine: Chappie Review

In 2009, Neil Blomkamp made a name for himself not only within the science-fiction community but also in the world of cinema for his debut film, “District 9.” Blending a documentarian-style type of filmmaking, whose origins date back to the works of Vertov and Flaherty, with updated digital technology, Blomkamp’s style was not only distinct… Continue reading A Constrained Machine: Chappie Review