For a long time in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s, Downtown Los Angeles was a bit of a no man’s land. Luckily the unstoppable progression of gentrification is starting to turn that reputation on its ear. In The Purge: Anarchy – the sequel to last year’s The Purge – writer/director James DeMonaco finds a new purpose for the city center. “Everyone comes Downtown to purge,” says a character early on in the film, and so we, the viewers, join “everyone” for their annual release. And it is quite a time.
Some of my previous posts should indicate that I am pretty big fan of Marvel Comics. Have been since the days of the X-Men cartoon. When producer Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios began their grand movie experiment with Iron Man in 2008, I was immediately on board. Sure, there have been some lows (The Incredible Hulk, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), but highs have been much higher (the aforementioned Iron Man, The Avengers). Marvel Studios is right smack in the middle of what it refers to as “Phase Two” of its project: Captain America: The Winter Soldier follows Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, and precedes Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. This new movie featuring Steve Rogers, the soldier out of time, has the responsibility of being both a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and a stepping stone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Under the dual directorship of Anthony and Joe Russo, it does a pretty good job.