One of the best reasons to watch movies is to feel better about life. Every once in a while, a movie comes along that makes you believe in the goodness of people. Here are a few of those.

Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairy tale, and nobody does it better than Disney. In this animated musical, a spunky young woman draws out the humanity of a man whose selfishness turned him into a beast. It’s a stirring testament to the power of love over individual stubbornness.

Another great musical is Read the rest of this entry »

There are many indie films that slip under the radar. If you aren’t watching carefully, you can easily miss them. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a theater that shows independent films, you may get to see them when they are first released. Otherwise, you may have to search for them on your favorite movie streaming site. Here are a few good indie films you may have missed.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) -Directed by Colin Trevorrow, this was produced by reliable indie producers Jay and Mark Duplass. This team Read the rest of this entry »

Movie critics are important aspect of the film industry. They give us insights into the creative and critical aspects of a film by providing in-depth inspection with each film they review. Most film critics will often refer to past films and how they relate to the current films in the market today. Also, with their expertise in films and the years that they have been watching and reviewing them, they can also predict the evolution film takes over Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Herbert once said that science fiction is the only genre that allows for the true exploration of human nature. Sci-Fi is far removed from the audience’s perception of reality, numbing them to stories that would make them uncomfortable were they set closer to home. People can’t see themselves on spaceships or alien worlds, and so their ability to empathize is naturally inhibited. As a result, Herbert believed that sci-fi authors are free to critique humanity Read the rest of this entry »

Making a comeback is one of the hardest things for an artist to do. Many directors once considered great have attempted comebacks, but only a few have made it. Here are a few of the directors who managed to make a great movie after everyone assumed they were done.

1. Woody Allen, with Midnight in Paris. Allen has made a movie a year almost every year since 1969. After a string of particularly bad ones in the 1990s and early 2000s, he seemed to be done, when Read the rest of this entry »

The Bechdel test is a test used to examine fiction for gender biases. The idea was initially conceived in a comic strip by Alison Bechdel, in which a character says she will only watch a movie if these requirements are met:

1. The movie has at least 2 women in it.
2. Those women talk to each other.
3. They talk about something other than a man.

Not every movie needs to pass the Bechdel test. Not every movie needs to be centered around female characters. However, the fact is that it is very difficult to think of Read the rest of this entry »

Although Joss Whedon has identified himself as an atheist on several occasions, there is no doubt that his work contains many religious themes, even though it may never mention religion outright. Part of this is due to the fact that he focuses primarily on science fiction and fantasy, two genres that is especially adept at exploring larger themes. His most overt religious references no doubt come from his two most well-known TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spinoff series Angel. In the world of those shows, Alaska Direct TV offers, the supernatural is always present. Real-life demons fight to kill innocent humans. Heaven and Hell both exist, and the title characters have been there. In one season of Buffy, the villain she must fight is in fact a deranged goddess. Whedon uses this portrayal of a world overlapping with the supernatural to raise questions about obedience, sacrifice, and believing in what you cannot see. Whedon’s other most overtly religious work is The Cabin in the Woods, the horror movie he co-wrote with Drew Goddard. Parodying supernatural horror films, the film explores prophecy, destiny, free will, and what is worth doing to appease an angry god. Saying too much more would spoil the plot, and it’s much better to see it for yourself.