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6 Directors for the Justice League

6 Directors for the Justice League

Warner Brothers is at least considering Ben Affleck to direct their Justice League movie. Deadline is denying the story, but frankly they’re not as trustworthy as Variety. And while the internet has responded with some typical Affleck-backlash that the same guy who once starred in Gigli is going to direct such a key project. I’m [...]

Brain Nuggets - July

Brain Nuggets – July

Here is your latest bowl of cranial chunks. Grab a spoon and dig in. Peter Jackson has made it official. The unnecessary cash-grab of stretching the 300 pages of The Hobbit into two movies is now even more unnecessary as it will become three movies. We already knew that he was adding characters into The [...]

Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight Rises Score

Hans Zimmer’s The Dark Knight Rises Score

James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer collaborated on the scores for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. For The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer is finally allowed to fly solo and he soars. Their work on Batman Begins was atmospheric and at times evocative of being in a cave surrounded by bats. In that regard, [...]

Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Christopher Nolan didn’t set out to create a Batman trilogy. Frankly, I’m not sure he tried making a single Batman movie (more on that later). In the forward to The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, he writes: People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you [...]

Is The Amazing Spiderman Same Ol' Same Ol'?

Is The Amazing Spiderman Same Ol’ Same Ol’?

Out of all the critiques I’ve heard about The Amazing Spider-man, the most common is that it’s the same story as Raimi’s 2002 version, Spider-Man. Same ol’ same ol’, people say. This is quite a heavy charge to lay against a movie, because everyone knows Hollywood hates coming out with the same story more than [...]

Movie Review: The Intouchables

Movie Review: The Intouchables

The Weinstein brothers have been discovering and sharing amazing films we likely wouldn’t have seen otherwise since 1979. Last year Harvey Weinstein turned a silent French film into Oscar gold though it had limited success domestically and abroad. In this case, Weinstein is encouraging the United States to take a second look at an established [...]

Hanna vs. Sucker Punch vs. Salt vs. Self Esteem

Hanna vs. Sucker Punch vs. Salt vs. Self Esteem

There are three movies that came out recently that are really connected to how we view women in this culture. First, there’s Hanna, directed by Joe Wright. In essence, it’s a coming of age tale about a girl with a mission to avenge the death of her mother, and on her journey she discovers that [...]

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

I always support the underdog; it’s a fault or a quality depending on your point of view. And in a crowded comic book summer, it falls to The Amazing Spider-Man to be the underdog. I went in hoping to prove all the naysayers wrong. I was never a fan of how Sam Raimi dealt with [...]

The Cost of Saving Lives

The Cost of Saving Lives

“Let her go.” Batman’s gravelly voice is soft and hard in the rapt silence of the penthouse. The mass of onlookers garbed in their evening finery stare with a mixture of muted terror and disbelief. Crime happened on the streets or on TV to other people. Not here, right in front of them. The Joker’s [...]

Truth, Justice and the Canadian Way

Truth, Justice and the Canadian Way

Oh, Canada! In honour (see what I did there?) of Canada Day, I decided to take a look at something that’s traditionally reserved for red blooded Americans; superhero movies. It’s almost always just assumed that someone in a superhero or comic book movie or playing a superhero is American because most mainstream characters in said [...]

Staff Post - Favorite Comic Book Movies

Staff Post – Favorite Comic Book Movies

The Avengers is the third highest grossing film of all-time. The Dark Knight made a cool billion, and its sequel is about to premiere. Spider Man 3 (despite poor reviews) raked in 900 million, and also has a new entry (albeit a reboot) coming out July 3rd. I figured now was as good a time [...]