In the first episode of my buddy Phillip Bryant and I’s podcast, we discussed John Wick Chapters 1 and 2 and how they fit into the modern action movie pantheon. Next, we discussed why we don’t see more theatrically released superhero movies in the wake of Lego Batman. Finally, we listed our Top 3 movies […]Read more "Below the Line Episode 1"
The four-month stretch (traditionally lasting May through August) has a reputation for exclusively offering the latest in popcorn munching, big budget spectacles but there’s plenty to offer for the discerning viewer. 2016 looks like it’ll have much to choose from cinematically, whether it be the production of an above average thought or just big dumb fun.Read more "Heat Wave: Your All-Inclusive Guide to the 2016 Summer Movie Season"
SPOILERS FOR BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE The climactic action set piece to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second entry in D.C. Comics’ burgeoning cinematic universe, feature’s the company’s trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) battling the monstrous Doomsday, a Frankenstein-esque creation by Lex Luthor that threatens to destroy Metropolis and the […]Read more "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?: Some Thoughts from a Disappointed Superman Fan Following Dawn of Justice"
Even over fifteen years later, X-Men continues to stand as an artistic watermark that both its sequels and the larger genre marketplace have routinely failed to live up to. Progressively, the franchise seems obsessed with constructing elaborate action set pieces and further complicating a continuity that skirts the edges of outright collapse. You could say this is an attempt to make a larger splash in a market that prizes shared universes and interconnected narratives but you would only be half right.Read more "What’s a Magneto?: What Comic Book Movies Can Still Learn from X-Men, the Genre’s Underrated Masterpiece"
Had we ever seen an animated film as emotionally dense as Inside Out? Had a seventy plus year old director ever made an action movie as on edge and youthful as Mad Max: Fury Road? Did The Big Short make our understanding of the financial system even more tragically comic? The fact that these and many more questions exist prove that 2015 was very much so a solid year for movies.Read more "The Street Always Wins: 2015 in Film"
The premise and visuals of Marvel’s latest cinematic outing possess a shadow of the spirit Wright was set to offer while feeling the strain of rewrites and retooling Marvel ultimately laid down.Read more "Making an Anthill Out of a Mountain: Ant-Man Review"