summer

The Best Films of Summer 2016

2016’s blockbuster season has been panned by many as one of the worst in recent memory. It seems like week after week, the big new release was both critically reviled and completely bombed at the box office. Despite the low lows, there were several bright spots that kept people headed to the cinema this summer. Here’re my [spoiler-free] thoughts on both the best and worst films of the summer. (more…)

Advertisements

Summer 2015 Review: Women in Blockbusters

It’s no secret that women are quite often poorly represented in cinema, especially big budgeted summer blockbusters.  If you look at the last five summers, most years feature an embarrassing 1 to 2 major movies in which women have prominent roles.  Even when a woman is featured, she is often sexualized, one-dimensional, or in a supporting role (mother, daughter, girlfriend) to the main male protagonist.

Fortunately, the tides are starting to slowly shift, as Hollywood realizes that literally half of their potential audience are, in fact, women.  Overall, the summer of 2015 has been an improvement, with several movies featuring very well-written female characters.  Here’s a look back at some of the films of the summer, both the good and the bad. (more…)