Space Sweepers takes place in an all-too-plausible future where the Earth has been rendered almost uninhabitable by pollution and climate change. Those who can afford to have fled to space, with the wealthiest living in luxury on a colony owned by the UTS corporation. A Mars colonization effort is also underway, spearheaded by UTS’s founder and CEO, James Sullivan (Richard Armitage). The less fortunate survive by fighting over space debris to sell as scrap metal.

The premise requires a healthy dose of exposition, and the first 20 minutes of the film occasionally drag as a result. It helps that an…


When I started watching Yuri!!! on Ice, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I’ve been a fan of sports anime for years, and a fan of anime in general for longer. Sports anime makes up a broad and increasingly popular swath of anime offerings, and as with any genre, there are certain conventions I’ve come to expect: a loveable underdog making a surprising comeback, detailed explanations of a game’s rules and strategy that somehow get me to care about sports, teams learning to cooperate and developing their relationships both on and off the court.

This last feature…


With Luke Skywalker back in the public consciousness for, uh, no particular reason, now seems like an opportune time to revisit one of cinema’s most iconic heroes. There’s much to be said about the farm boy from Tatooine. One could argue that Luke upholds false narratives about white male exceptionalism, or conversely that he represents a softer and more compassionate view of masculinity. As far as I’m concerned, though, two things about Luke Skywalker are unquestionably true. First, he reinvented the classical hero’s journey for the space age. Second, he’s gayer than a basket of Coruscanti jogan fruit.

I would…


When discussing diversity in film, it can be tempting to mistake the mere presence of diversity for meaningful representation. All too often, however, films cast members of underrepresented groups with no real intention of telling their stories. For example, films that aim to criticize eurocentrism and colonialism often inadvertently perpetuate eurocentrism by placing the colonizer at the center of the narrative.

This hypocrisy appears in Icíar Bollaín’s 2010 film También la Iluvia, the story of an idealistic director and his ruthlessly practical producer attempting to make an anti-colonial film about Columbus. They shoot the film in Bolivia and cast indigenous…


Francis Lee’s much-anticipated period romance, Ammonite, is finally available this week on streaming services. Along with many others, I’ve eagerly awaited the chance to see Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan fall in love against the backdrop of the English coast. Ammonite is both more and less than I expected, with Winslet and Ronan delivering stellar performances in a story that doesn’t quite live up to its potential.

(This article contains minor spoilers for Ammonite.)

Lee opens the film with an extended shot of a nameless woman scrubbing a museum floor. A group of men barks at her to move as…


(Note: This article contains spoilers for The Old Guard.)

As a lover of action, sci-fi, and comic books, I often feel that I have to leave my identity at the door when I go to the movies. Genre films, particularly action films, tend to operate under the increasingly false assumption that straight white men make up most of their audience. Every time one of these movies casually objectifies women or uses LGBT people as the butt of a joke, I feel the sting of alienation. …


Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday”

When Howard Hawks adapted The Front Page into His Girl Friday in 1940, he retained most of the original film’s plot and even some of its dialogue. Both films center on a newsroom covering a politicized murder case. However, Hawks made two key changes: softening the film’s more overt political messages and changing a major character from male to female.

Most likely due to the stricter enforcement of the Hay’s Code, His Girl Friday tiptoes around the Red Scare whereas The Front Page openly satirizes it. In The Front Page, directed by Lewis Milestone in the pre-Code Hollywood of 1931…

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