Simon Moetara

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Batman in dawn

The Batman and the Challenge to Be More

Amidst the shadows and corruption of this neo-noir mystery are challenging themes for us in a world which is increasingly enraged and struggling with hopelessness and a bleak future.

WandaVision's Take on Grief Isn't Enough

Despite being a huge Marvel fan, I was prepared to give WandaVision a miss when the first few episodes started airing on Disney+. Images of Wanda and Vision appearing in cheesy 1950s style TV shows seemed a long way from the MCU we knew so well. Social media posts discussing the first episode didn’t inspire confidence either. But a family member encouraged me to give it a go—so I did.

Joker: Good News for the Outcasts, Losers, and Freaks?

Joker (2019) is unlike any comic-based film released so far; there are no costumes, no heroic battles, and not one bit of CGI on display. It’s a slow-burning character drama more concerned with personality than plot, as we follow Arthur Fleck's transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime, the psychotic villain known as the Joker.

John Wick 3: Parabellum and the Elusive Quest for Peace

The neo-noir action thriller John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019) knocked Avengers: Endgame off its top perch in the US box office with an estimated US $57 million gross in its opening weekend.

Avengers: Endgame—Is It Really the End?

I remember walking out of the theatre after watching Avengers: Infinity War last year in a daze. The good guys had lost.

Solo by Name, Solo by Nature?

When we first meet Han Solo in a seedy Mos Eisley bar on Tatooine in Episode IV: A New Hope, he’s a pirate and smuggler, cynical and smug, all swaggering braggadocio and cold-blooded ruthlessness.

Avengers: Infinity War and the value of life and unity

 The Dark Lord Thanos has finally revealed himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it will take the combined might of the Avengers to stop his genocidal plans of destroying half of all life in the universe.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the necessity of hope

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit cinemas, and it was well worth the wait. As the film begins, the malevolent First Order is on the verge of wiping out the Resistance forever.

Ozark and dealing with the consequences

What if you make choices based on your own personal gratification, but never stop to consider the consequences of your actions? Ozark, a popular crime thriller series that’s now showing on Netflix