Tag Archives: Jena Malone

November 06

Changing Reels Ep. 31 – Saved!

Film critic Kristen Lopez returns to Changing Reels for the first of two shows looking at the representation of disabilities in cinema. This episode we revisit Brian Dannelly’s 2004 satire Saved! The film follows Mary, a student at American Eagle Christian High School, whose life takes a drastic turn when she becomes pregnant after losing […]

September 28

New on Blu-ray & DVD: The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s visually hypnotic The Neon Demon is easily one of the year’s most polarizing films. A dark psychological horror that oozes style in every frame, the film’s observation of our societal obsession with female beauty left some viewers cold. Make no mistake though, The Neon Demon is a gem of a film that […]

July 03

The Neon Demon

Sitting in a posh restaurant, a fashion designer (Alessandro Nivola) declares that “beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” It may seem like a brash statement, at least to amateur photographer Dean (Karl Glusman), but in the world of The Neon Demon there is plenty of truth to his words. Beauty is the ultimate currency, […]

November 25

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

I’m a huge fan of the current movement of having strong female protagonists in films – from Juno’s pregnant teen to Insurgent’s Tris to True Grit’s Mattie Ross and of course, the best of them all, The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. Katniss has had to travel a long road but, throughout her trials, she has […]

January 24

Inherent Vice

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice is a strange mystery-comedy based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Set in 1970 Los Angeles, the film follows a hippie private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) on a series of misadventures. Sportello’s latest job involves helping an ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth […]

November 24

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I

I don’t think I’ve ever jumped into a film series in the middle (nor did I with this one, I’ve seen the other 2 films), but I imagine it might be difficult. Most films that are part of a series dedicate at least a few minutes to catch you up (or a big cold open […]

May 09

Teenage

We often think of as adolescence as something that has been with us since mankind took its first breath. The plight of the teenager being something that is inherent in us all. A rite of passage that is awkward, confusing, and amazing all at the same time. However, is this really the case? Is it […]

November 25

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

When you have such a strong fan base for material from such a successful novel franchise, there is even more pressure to get the sequel right. Thankfully, director Francis Lawrence was up to the challenge. There were a few things that I think Catching Fire HAD to do: 1) we had to feel the menace […]