Justice League is suprisingly watchable

I finally saw Justice League almost three weeks after its debut, and by that time all of the negative press about its reshoots, its box office, and its general failure as a film had peaked.  That said, I actually kind of liked it.  It is essentially a DC version of The Avengers from its banter to its magic boxes to its flying robot aliens that … Continue reading Justice League is suprisingly watchable

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How embracing its characters’ point of view could have improved Suicide Squad

For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good … Continue reading How embracing its characters’ point of view could have improved Suicide Squad

The Death of Superman Lives provides a glimpse of what might have been

Supposedly, during the filming of Superman Returns, director Bryan Singer carried around a photo of Nicolas Cage as Superman, a relic of pre-production work on Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, a shelved attempt at a Superman movie in the late 90s.  The picture is awful. But it clearly bears no resemblance to the actual costume tests above.  In fact, almost none of the gossip surrounding Burton’s … Continue reading The Death of Superman Lives provides a glimpse of what might have been

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Wonder Woman proves DC can get it right

Calling Wonder Woman the best modern DC movie is a bit of a backhanded compliment. But it is the best, and by a long shot. In contrast to Man of Steel, screenwriter Allan Heinberg crafts a clean origin story with well-defined characters; DP Matthew Jensen delivers some iconic images; and Gal Gadot gives easily the best performance in the franchise to date. While the tone … Continue reading Wonder Woman proves DC can get it right

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Why I don’t like the DC films’ thematic choices better

I started this month talking about why DC’s superheroes appeal to me more than Marvel’s. That’s still the case, although the modern DC film canon has done its best to try and make them as unappealing as possible.  While there certainly is a unifying look for the franchise (as a friend of mine who worked as a technical advisor on Batman V Superman put it, “Zack … Continue reading Why I don’t like the DC films’ thematic choices better

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Why the snap zoom is out of place in Man of Steel

I had some issues with Man of Steel. But more so than its muddled theme, I found myself increasingly distracted by its use of snap zooms. Routinely when I watch a movie by myself, I use the voice memo function on my phone to record my thoughts for later. Man of Steel featured so many laments about snap zooms that I 1) lost count and … Continue reading Why the snap zoom is out of place in Man of Steel

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DC’s course correction was poorly timed in Suicide Squad

If you can believe it, I actually saw Suicide Squad on the big screen (on opening day!).  My initial review is here, and while I stand by it all even after a second viewing, I wanted to provide some commentary more in keeping with this month’s theme. At this point, it’s hard not to see Suicide Squad as a course correction for the entire DC … Continue reading DC’s course correction was poorly timed in Suicide Squad