Catching Up With & Without Words in the THE DEFENDERS

I just popped on the first episode of The Defenders earlier today and I find myself really liking it. Albeit, the premiere is all about catching us up with where these people have been. It’s a rock solid intro that I totally forgive for not bringing our characters together, for the sake of bringing us up to speed. Action plots are cool, but they’re nothing if we don’t care about who these people are. Continue reading “Catching Up With & Without Words in the THE DEFENDERS”

Let’s Talk About CinemaSins

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Would you say Coca Cola is better than Pepsi? Sure, if you felt that way there’s no reason for you not to. They have similar tastes, look and consistency. There are grounds for comparison. Would you compare Pepsi to an orange soda? Sure, it’s a soda. But if you’re looking for something that tastes like orange flavored, why would you even go for the Pepsi? Sometimes you never know you wanted something different, so you roll with the flavor of the orange soda. It’s a pleasant surprise. Would you compare soda to an ice cream? No, because that’s fucking ridiculous and the two only go together with a root-beer float kind of deal. How about a soda to a pizza? Fuck no. What’s wrong with you? If you’re hungry, you get the pizza. If you’re thirsty, get the soda. They are clearly two different states of matter. You wouldn’t complain about a soda not being solid enough, nor would you complain about a pizza being liquid enough (also they’re not healthy but you get the point). So why do these arguments in the vein of these comparisons come up with movies? Continue reading “Let’s Talk About CinemaSins”

My Favorite Movies: MANHUNTER

“Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black.”

One of the best directed thrillers around. Manhunter isn’t so much interested in extraneous details of how characters came to be, filling information gaps with the nuance of a Criminal Minds episode but rather interested in the psychological weights of pure empathy. Continue reading “My Favorite Movies: MANHUNTER”

“Thor: Ragnarok” Trailers Go Full Jack Kirby + Screenshots

The Thor: Ragnarok trailers are fucking bananas. There’s no other way for me to describe them. Taika Waititi, the brilliant mind behind What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, two of my favorite movies, embraces the full Jack Kirby influence of the grander Marvel mythos. He’s not aiming for the cosmic awe of Guardians of the Galaxy, instead opting to mine the roots of the material for all their goofy and wild glory. Mix the first trailer’s excellent use of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with the second trailer’s heavy synth track Magic Sword’s “In the Face of Evil” and we might just have the most outlandish Marvel movie yet. I can’t wait.

And god damn, that last shot. Surtur!

Here are some screenshots of this insane trailer campaign.

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Thor: Ragnarok opens November 2, 2017.

Favorite Screenshots in the “Justice League” Trailers

My taste in movies don’t really vibe with Zack Snyder’s vision of the DCEU trilogy but you know what? I’m not sure he’s made a movie as visually striking to me as Justice League. There’s an almost mythical quality to the images that goes hand in hand with the biblical style approach to the DC storytelling and something Snyder has clearly aimed for with his previous films. The heavy skies, the brighter color palette… it’s all been leading up to this from the opening of the DCEU. I can’t say I’ve been on board with it, but it’s cool to see it realized.

 

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Justice Leauge opens November 17, 2017

How “Man of Steel” Failed Superman

DIEGO’S NOTE: I originally wrote a semi-trilogy of articles about my strong feelings on Man of Steel since everyone and their mother has an opinion on this movie. And me, with my oh-so humble and non-controversial opinions focused on nuance discussions, comprised all these articles in a single place for anybody who has the time to read a 3,000+ word piece on Superman. I had planned to write something about the Superman portrayal in BvS but literally all these same points still stand. This version just isn’t doing it for me.

If you don’t feel like reading all of this in one sitting, feel free to check the original publications below.

Cheers!

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