The New Dredd

The first film adaptation of Judge Dredd, a British comic book set in a dystopian wasteland, is described on Wikipedia as "a critical and commercial disappointment." If you appreciate a high body count, Rob Schneider's comic relief, and cyborg cannibal mutants (plus that air of gravitas a Max Von Sydow cameo affords), as I do, you might find… Continue reading The New Dredd

Link Roundup: The Amazing Spider-man

Michael C. at Serious Film has a great franchise throwdown, comparing the villains, the love interests, the origins, et al. The original wins by TKO. Eric Eisenberg has the same idea, but a different method leads to different results: He directly compares one Spidey to the next. I find his math questionable, particularly in judging… Continue reading Link Roundup: The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing Spider-man and the Death of Peter Parker

The Amazing Spider-man is entertaining and fun to watch. It's got a great cast (Emma Stone and Martin Sheen are stand-outs) and is probably everything movie-goers want in a summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, those are about the only good things I can bring myself to say about it, because this movie destroyed everything I loved about… Continue reading The Amazing Spider-man and the Death of Peter Parker

Link Roundup: The Dark Knight Rises

I love that these guys articulate so well the vaguely uncomfortable feeling I had throughout the entire movie. I mentioned in one of my "rhetorical questions" (but didn't explore) the fact that TDKR moved into the real world more than previous installments had. That made the suspension of disbelief, which is standard for a typical… Continue reading Link Roundup: The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rustles My Jimmies

I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this based on a preliminary review of "OMG BATMAN!!!" Facebook statuses, but in a word: disappointing. ***SPOILERS FOLLOW!*** In a few more words: devoid of logic, plodding, pretentious. The Dark Knight took itself seriously, and it worked; but Heath Ledger's Joker wasn't a cartoon character, he was… Continue reading The Dark Knight Rustles My Jimmies