Everything That Went Wrong With Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

– By J.W. Fox – Luc Besson is on a pretty serious cold streak. Since The Fifth Element, his director credits have been underwhelming. The most recent high profile film, Lucy, was a total flop. He’s written a few quality screenplays including all three Taken movies and Colombiana, but nothing to match his 90s success. […]

Caesar Becomes Full On Messiah in Final Installment of Apes Reboot Trilogy

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW The rebooted Ape movies have been built on ideas rather than special effects, nostalgia, or star power. All three movies explore racial conflict, hubris, slavery, evolution and the conquest of reason by fear. The third film adds an interesting religious element not present in the first two. […]

Never Mind the Journey, Modern Heroes Change World Through Inherited Power

  – By J.W. Fox – Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey has influenced many hit movies and TV shows. Lately, it seems the journey in the hero’s journey isn’t that important. The hero is born with everything he needs. Campbell put great emphasis on the journey (obviously), breaking it down into 17 distinct stages loaded with […]

Wonder Woman: A New Heroine Archetype? Or An Ancient One Reborn?

– By J.W. Fox – Three weeks after its premiere, Wonder Woman is still on a roll. It is on track to surpass Man of Steel in box office receipts, with a shot of becoming the highest grossing movie in the new DC universe. It could even pass Iron Man, the gold standard of origin […]