The Red Pen of Doom

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Top 7 ways SUICIDE SQUAD went epically wrong—and could have gone right

Marvel and DC have taken comic books for kids and turned them into an unstoppable machine, designed to entertain the masses while making massive profits. When all the pieces fit … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Quirky and Fun versus Weird for the Sake of Weird

In my sacred quest to watch Every Decent Thing on Netflix, I’ve seen a lot of quirky movies that make fun of the action and superhero genres. All good, right? … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR does the impossible

What’s hard? Ice skating uphill. What’s impossible? Flying to the moon in a Cessna or making people love a character who’s about as inherently lovable as AquaMan, which is saying, … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · 4 Comments

8 reasons why blockbusters are meta-stories instead of Villain of the Week (Walking Dead, Star Wars, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Harry Potter, Avengers, Game of Thrones)

Name something popular, anything at all, and chances are it’s a series instead of a One Hit Wonder. This is about why that is, despite a serious quality handicap, and … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Top 6 reasons why MAD MAX crushes AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON

Now, I enjoyed AVENGERS 2: GIVE DISNEY ANOTHER BILLION DOLLARS and it’s perfectly fine as another piece of the Marvel movie assault on the galaxy. It’s just that I wouldn’t … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

What you need to know before seeing AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON

Unless you live in an ice cave, you know that AVENGERS 2 opens on May 1. When it does open, all your friends will go see it, then ask what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

BE KIND REWIND: A History of Sweded Film

Be Kind Rewind (2008) was written and directed by French filmmaker Michel Gondry. It’s a movie about the dawn of the DVD and a VHS video rental employee’s attempt to thwart off the digital … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments
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