action-movies

The Guys in ‘Stuber’ Are the Quintessential Miserable Men of 2019

A couple years ago, my colleague Brian VanHooker did a deep dive into the ethos of the Mismatched Buddy Movie, that semi-popular cinematic subgenre in…

What Happened in the Days After My Epic ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Marathon

A few weeks ago, I went and saw Avengers: Endgame for the fourth time. For this latest viewing, I went to my local drive-in and…

The Impossible Perfection (and Utterly Problematic Nature) of Shaft

Last week, MEL contributing writer Zaron Burnett III convened what he described as “a multigenerational roundtable of black men” to discuss the legacy of Shaft,…

How ‘Dark Phoenix’ Fails Its Female Cast — and Audience

Trusting soul that I am, I tend to believe that filmmakers have honorable intentions when trying to give their movies a more feminist worldview. In…