Personally, I am now in a whole bunch of student loan debt thanks to my Master’s degree. My degree in professional counselling has really changed how I watch a lot of film and television. For instance, I cannot watch films that use mental illness as to why someone is a villain when we know that people with severe mental health disorders tend to be victims rather than perpetrators of violence. (I’m looking at you M. Night Shyamalan). I also judge therapy sessions and therapist offices on screen. I say all of this to tell you that there are very few films that authentically handle mental health quite like Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” (2015).
The film starts with Jack (the incredible Jacob Tremblay) celebrating his fifth birthday in Room. He sees this as his whole world. It is literally his whole world, as he has lived there his whole life after his mother was kidnapped and held captive. His Ma (the phenomenal Brie Larson) attempts to keep Room a safe place, until one day, it isn’t. She has to hatch a plan to escape. And they do. You know the escape happens, but it does not make it any less stressful to watch a five-year-old child have to articulate very grown-up things to help save his parent. Continue reading Social Isolation Review: “Room”
To celebrate the last decade 2010-2019, we are counting down the best actresses and discussing some of their most notable and memorable performances of the decade. With the help of Film Twitter, the ITOL team has selected 30 actresses. Writer Tom Moore looks at Brie Larson’s best performances from the last decade. Continue reading Best Actress of the Decade, Entry No. 6: Brie Larson
Despite arguably being the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Captain Marvel still had a lot of heavy lifting to do in terms of expectations. It was the 21st film in the MCU, and the precursor to the event that was “Avengers: Endgame”, which came out roughly 7 weeks after Captain Marvel’s debut. It was the first to be a solo outing for a female character in the MCU, being the titular Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). It also felt like an eleventh-hour decision to have our first introduction to the character, and it was heavily hinted that she was going to play a significant role in Endgame.
Fortunately, for the better part of the movie, Larson manages to shoulder the expectations set on her and uses them to launch herself into the MCU. Her extensive acting talents are sublimely on display when she rotates effortlessly between her two distinct personas. The first being Vers, battling with memory loss and the echoes of who she once was, while desperately trying to fight her emotional nature and to try and appear stoic in a foreign environment. Secondly, as the stone-cold badass Air Force pilot Carol Danvers that we witness in flashbacks. Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No 19: Captain Marvel
Hating Brie Larson seems to be a full-time job for some people and they’re making a fair profit off toxic fandom. Typing her name into YouTube will generate results such as videos discussing her ‘Flat Bum’, ‘Avengers Cast Savagely Roast Brie Larson’, ‘Brie’s Bots Exposed’, and ‘Brie is ruining Marvel’ just to name a few. Despite both “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers Endgame” breaking box office history, the hate towards Brie Larson doesn’t seem to be evaporating. Continue reading The Brie Backlash: Exploring The Toxicity Towards Brie Larson