Action films should be judged by genre norms

More often than not, filmgoers think of action films as popcorn flicks: mindless entertainment. And there’s good reason for that: Consider The Fast and the Furious franchise, the Transformers trilogy and a handful of comic-book movies in between. Action films in general clearly entertain and tend to perform well at the box office, but often […]

Fisher garden sheds light on censorship

With controversial films like The Master and Savages hitting theaters and dominating box office profits, it’s easy to take creative liberty for granted. We live in a time where if you want to take your vision and bring it to a big screen or canvas, no one can really stop you. Decades ago, however, that […]

Films should fuel deep religious discussions

Some of the best films address tricky societal themes, reflecting real life issues. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s hotly anticipated The Master, which hits theaters in limited release Sept. 14, is no exception. The film tackles the issue of religion and documents Lancaster “The Master” Dodd’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman) pursuit to spread his ever-growing faith-based organization […]