Luke Cage is angry with the system. It unfairly sent him to prison, it subjected him to corruption while in prison, and it kept him from living free while out of prison. In his new life outside of Seagate, Cage faces gang violence, murder, and wayward youth, in interactions that typify the spirit of anarchy. At every turn, the series is relentlessly challenging authority.
Life is growing difficult for defenders of the DC Extended Universe. Since Justice League‘s lukewarm reception, the franchise has been looking for new ways to gain interest, including a Joaquin Phoenix Joker film, and the introduction of a DC streaming service. But the most recent item getting buzz is a new trailer for the series Titans, one that’s gaining backlash from critics of all stripes. Reasons for this are varied, and largely aesthetic, but there are thematic reasons to be concerned, as well.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a weird movie. Mainstream audiences were destined to hate it, especially after it was mismarketed as a horror film. But if you have the patience to stick with it, the exploration of self-hate and self-destruction, as well as creation, strike some interesting theological notes.
In 1980, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTDS) was added to the Diagnostic Service Manual (DSM), the handbook for psychiatry professionals on mental disorders. The move was controversial at the time, and untreated trauma victims created more social problems. Just ask Leni.
Genre films sometimes produces mindless, trope-filled drivel, and other times use the genre template to engage with something meaningful. Incredibles 2 is the latter.
In a galactic world of thievery and double-crosses, Solo: A Star Wars Story searches for meaning, and is partially successful.
Infinity War is here, so this episode is all about superheroes!