The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

What Thor was doing during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So why does this short bit with zero special effects work so well? Let’s take it apart. Comedy … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

7 secret ingredients to cook up a Bad Superhero Blockbuster

We live in the Golden Age of comic book movies, with Marvel and DC pumping them out as faster than you can swipe your VISA for $14 tickets to IMAX … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is 10 times better than I expected

After hearing about all the reviews, I expected Batman vs Superman to stink up the joint, to be Gigli with capes and masks, somehow worse that George Clooney’s turn as Bruce … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Superhero movies: Golden Age or insane glut?

You can’t escape the marketing blitz. Superhero movies have targeted your local multiplex and they WILL. NOT. STOP. Ever since Hollywood took a risk by turning Tim Burton and Michael … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments