ROGUE ONE Revisited: Why And How It Beats The Bantha Poodoo Outta The Other New STAR WARSes

December 10 is the two-year anniversary of ROGUE ONE’s premiere in Los Angeles/the world. There’s no new STAR WARS film coming out this Christmas, so, two years after the release of the first non-episode-numbered STAR WARS feature, let’s revisit the scorecard: EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Dec 18, 2015ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY –…

Senators Hirono and Harris Represent At The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing

At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California (the two women of color on the Judiciary Committee, both Democrats) offered memorable moments in the astonishing spectacle concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett “I Like Beer” Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who asserts that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted…

That Tessa Thompson/LAST DRAGON Scene In SORRY TO BOTHER YOU Is Something I’d Like To Talk About (SPOILERS)

First off, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, written & directed by Boots Riley (co-founder of The Coup, hip-hop folk hero, and Oakland Renaissance man) is an excellent movie. Funny, forward-looking, timely, and weird. It’s very much a deconstructed superhero film in structure (THE WHITE VOICE RISES, one could say) but I’ll leave that one alone for the moment…

Talking Marvel’s CLOAK & DAGGER With Filmmaker Jennifer Phang (Interview Pt. 2)

Here’s the second part of my chat with filmmaker Jennifer Phang, on directing last week’s episode of Marvel’s CLOAK & DAGGER, swamping squadgoals, and the craft of TV directing. The first part, discussing her two episodes of THE EXPANSE Season 3, can be read here. (Mild SPOILERS for episode 6 follow.) Dom Mah: So you directed CLOAK & DAGGER S1 Episode…

Marvel’s SILK Could Be An Asian American BLACK PANTHER (Or An Asian American CATWOMAN Starring Halle Berry)

Let’s get in front of this one, can we? Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development of a film based on SILK, a superhero from the Spider-Man section of the Marvel Universe. In the comics, Silk is a Korean-American woman with spider-abilities similar to those of Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, et al. SILK joins a number of…