A mostly pleasant surprise in a year that has produced a lack of stellar animated outings.
Jessica Ritchey is a writer based in the orbit between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. She credits a VHS copy of "Singin’ in the Rain" as her introduction to a love of movies. She
has written for several web outlets, and can be found watching foreign classics
in rapt silence at the AFI Silver or shouting things with the crowd at B-Fest
on Northwestern’s campus. She believes that high and low culture are illusory
barriers and that all art and storytelling is truly one big never-ending
conversation. She occasionally remembers she has a blog at Sugarbang.
Hela and Valkyrie are unusual for Marvel and blockbuster movies in general. Both are messy, complicated figures not neatly fitting into the box of villain or potential love interest.
Appreciating a small 1987 film that feels needed very much in this cultural moment.
An appreciation of the Disney film "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
In praise of the women in front of and behind the camera on "Wonder Woman."
A look back at Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," which premiered at Cannes 30 years ago this month.
Looking back at "Donnie Darko" on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.
Jessica Ritchey on the personal power of Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth."
Jessica Ritchey answers the Movie Love Questionnaire.
A look at John Sayles' brilliant "The Brother From Another Planet."
A look at highlights from the career of the great Peter Cushing.