Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a damn good movie. On a technical level, it’s astounding. But that comes with the territory of J.J. Abrams. What was most striking to me after one or two (or a few more) viewings in theaters was the attention to scale and character. Star Wars is a series that is inherently expansive in scope and detail. The worlds are vast, ever-growing and are the definition of unlimited potential (UnlimitedPower.Gif) Continue reading “My Favorite Movies: THE FORCE AWAKENS”
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”
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”
“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”
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.
Thor: Ragnarok opens November 2, 2017.
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.
Justice Leauge opens November 17, 2017