Dolphin Reef takes us on a journey to the Polynesian Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean as we follow a pair of Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Echo is a three-year-old Pacific bottlenose dolphin. He’s still young and has so much more to learn. Much to the dismay of mother Kumu, he just wants to explore the coral reef and its inhabitants. Like with any environment, there’s an ecosystem and everyone has their part. Though I should…"Dolphin Reef: A Trip to the Polynesian Islands"
Ashley Eckstein took to the stage during Star Wars Celebration for Sisters of the Force to celebrate the women of the Star Wars universe. Almost as soon as the voice of Ahsoka Tano took to the stage for the Sisters of the Force panel, she told the mostly female audience that “Star Wars is for everyone.” The actress couldn’t be more right. All one has to do is look at the online vitriol. This has…"Sisters of the Force: My Star Wars Story"
Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith comes the closest to capturing the original trilogy’s magic as any of the prequel films possibly could. Unlike the original trilogy, Revenge of the Sith is the darkest of the first three films. There’s a lot riding on the film because it must complete Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) turn to the dark side. Anakin’s path towards becoming Darth Vader started in the previous film but let’s…"Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith"
Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones has the hard part of setting up much of the next film in the trilogy but was terrible in execution. This film had a few things to do. One is setting up the relationship between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). The second is coming up with the origins of the Clone Wars, where Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) fought alongside Skywalker. At some…"Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones"
Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace takes us all the way back to the start of Anakin Skywalker’s story as the saga begins. Long before there was ever a Darth Vader to taunt the galaxy, there was a young kid named Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) living in the Outer Rim territories on Tatooine. All young Anakin wanted to do was to escape this planet and become a pilot. Life isn’t easy, my young…"Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace"
Marvel Studios revealed that Natalie Portman will be wielding Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder due out in November 2021. There is some basis in the comics for Portman’s Jane Foster taking over as Thor. Following the Original Sin storyline, Thor Odinson witnesses an unidentified woman lifting his beloved Hammer and take the power of Thor. Foster eventually throws Mjolnir into the sun during an attempt to destroy Mangog, sacrificing her life in…"Natalie Portman to Wield the Hammer of Thor"
Thor: The Dark World is far from the best film in the franchise as the Avenger battles against Malekith’s attempt to destroy the universe. The sequel incorporates a prologue like its predecessor. This a great way of setting not just the tone but introduce us to new characters. It turns out that once upon a time, Asgard was at battle against the Dark Elves. But this battle is one that is far from over. It’s…"Thor: The Dark World – The Road to Endgame"
Thor introduces an entirely new realm of mythology to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of the wondrous beauty that is Asgard. The film’s prologue introduces us to the nine realms, Asgardians, and Frost Giants. We already had somewhat of an introduction during Captain America with the search for the Tesseract. It goes without saying that one expands upon the mythology. The main artifact that drives the plot is the Casket of Ancient Winters. It’s…"Thor – The Road to Endgame"
Addressing the gender disparity that troubles Hollywood, This Changes Everything is one of the most important documentaries of the year. I can’t exactly point to when all the focus started turning to women directors not getting the same opportunities as men. That being said, This Changes Everything is equally important to the Amy Adrion-directed Half the Picture. This two films go hand in hand with a similar focus on women directors. “The door has to…"Chicago Film Fest 2018: This Changes Everything"
Led by one of the best performances of Natalie Portman’s career, Vox Lux follows one woman as she sings her way into stardom and beyond. When we first meet her in 1999, Celeste (Raffey Cassidy, as the younger version) is just like any ordinary student in school. This is until one student, Colin, becomes very aggressive and practically shoots the entire class. While Celeste lives, she suffers from an awful spinal injury as a result.…"TIFF 2018: Vox Lux"