Category: Someone Has to Say It

How to Superhero Movie

To talk about this topic, you first need to realise that there are 3 types of superhero movies – no more, no less: The first is the origin story. This movie asks the who, how and why of a superhero’s story. Traditionally, people aren’t hugely keen on these stories. A lot of viewers are comic book fans who already know these origins or, if the character is Batman, Spider-Man or Superman, it is an origin everyone has seen over and over. Normal people aren’t enamoured with the prospect because, no matter the character, origin stories are pretty same-y. You take a...

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The War on Fun 2: The Nitpicking (or… “What the Hell, Neil deGrasse Tyson?”)

The War on Fun continues. Or… maybe it’s over and we already lost. Maybe we just don’t know we’ve been conquered yet, and we’re the small pockets of resistance trying to keep movies and movie criticism a free place where people can unashamedly enjoy the films they like and dislike the films they don’t. If that is the case, though, we must continue to fight the good fight. Today’s report from the front lines is all about nitpicking and plot holes. Before we begin though, let’s define a plot hole for those of you who don’t know what a...

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I Hope the Superhero Movie Bubble Bursts

Hello. Take a seat. Tea? Coffee? You’re probably realising now that this isn’t going to be an article about the Superhero movie bubble and my hope for its destruction. No, this is an intervention. Some of you, hopefully most of you, came to this article because you know me either personally or from my writing, or you read Audiences Everywhere on the reg and wanted to see what we had to say vis a vis the superhero movie bubble and its tenacity. You folks feel free to stay. Listen to what I have to say and let me know what...

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We Need To Talk About Batman: On Snyder’s Superhero & Good Guys With Guns

“What a wonder is a gun/ What a versatile invention/ First of all, when you’ve a gun/ Everybody pays attention” – Stephen Sondheim, Assassins I was sitting in my tiny dorm room when I saw the news about a mass shooting at a school in my home state. It was near the end of my first semester of college, and my too-frequent weekend visits didn’t quell the homesickness. I no longer went to school in Connecticut, but two of my sisters did. When I found out the name of the town where the shooting took place – Newtown, CT...

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Walking the Straight and Narrow: Bisexual Representation in Film

J.J. Abrams sparked an internet blaze this week after answering a question about the possibility of an openly gay character being introduced to the canon in future Star Wars installments. His enthusiastic response that it would only make sense that a galaxy as fast as this one would contain characters of all sexual orientations and should be represented has, as you can imagine, ignited some pretty heated conversations on social media and strong opinions on various other outlets. Much of the sudden interest in the possibility of a gay storyline stems from a movement that erupted shortly after The Force Awakens...

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The Force Awakens in a Dark & Burdened Climax

A month after its release, there continues to be much discussion about Star Wars: The Force Awakens having borrowed multiple plot elements and devices from one of its predecessors, Episode IV: A New Hope. Fans aren’t denying it, and Director J. J. Abrams concedes that this was his initial plan to reintroduce the property to a new generation of fans. It’s easy to dismiss The Force Awakens as an A New Hope rehash again, but then easy to get excited for Episode VIII, which most fans are assuming will be the Empire Strikes Back (or “the dark one”) of the new trilogy. However, to...

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The War On Fun

At the end of 2015, the teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released. Backed by the song “Sabotage,” as performed by The Beastie Boys, the ninety seconds of footage features quips, explosions, a motorbike jump, aliens, fighting, derring-do, and a space battle – as far as teaser trailers go, it is an impressive little taste of the movie and, seemingly, a big reassurance that the navel gazing seriousness of Star Trek Into Darkness was a misstep that is being corrected. So, obviously, a vocal corner of the Internet hated it. The internet argument against the trailer was simple: Star...

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George Lucas Owes Us Nothing

We all know the story. A man creates a trilogy that captures the imagination of millions, and through a combination of harnessed merchandizing rights and pre-internet accessibility, he becomes a geek-god. But like the fabled Icarus, he flies too close to the sun. He delivers unto us a new trilogy that’s deemed unworthy of its predecessors, unworthy of its very genre. Stripped of his godhood, rebuked by fans and critics, George Lucas was cast down, unworthy. Restrained by the chains of his former fans’ so-called “ruined childhoods,” pinned by nitpicks that exacerbated his inherent flaws, no longer Icarus but Prometheus bound...

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A Defence of Rocky V

Rocky V was not, to put it mildly, well-received. I came to this series late, and after hearing so many bad things about this movie in advance, I was expecting the worst. What I found is that I actually really enjoy this installment. It is definitely one of the weaker entries to the series, but for all its flaws it is still a good film. In fact, with the exception of Rocky Balboa, Rocky V is the most faithful and ambitious of the sequels. Everyone loves an underdog story, but it’s difficult to keep a character on that side...

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A Takedown of Rocky IV

This might be a bold statement as a fan of the Rocky series, but I’m not a fan of Rocky IV. I love to talk about its strange quirks and ham-fisted approach to Cold War politics, but it’s a mess that I can’t get behind. It did well with the fans of the series at the time of release (certainly better than Rocky V did), and it is the most successful entry at the box office, but I want to ask: is it a good “Rocky Movie”? What staples are commonly associated with the Rocky series? American flag shorts,...

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The Opening of Spectre is the Best Part of a Mixed Bag

Spectre, the fourth James Bond outing for Daniel Craig, takes the typical Bond cold open and immerses the viewer into an experience with a single long shot through crowds of people as the famed agent approaches his target. What I feared would only work as a callback to Live and Let Die with skull-filled imagery (remember Baron Samedi?) pulls double duty as it immediately presents the movie with its mission statement, picking up threads from Skyfall in honoring what came before. The opening of Spectre is an expertly crafted sequence, in a vacuum, completely free of the problems which plague the following two hours and...

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Are We Too Hard On Young Adult Adventure Films?

What type of music do you listen to? At a young age, I found myself often denying my ears any right to listen to country music. The unyielding sound waves thudding against my eardrums left me uninterested and agitated. That’s not to say all country music was bad. After all, how could someone make that claim without listening to all country music? The genre left me cold. But other people seemed to like it, so they should be allowed to enjoy it. Nobody should dismiss any form of artistic expression. Art should not be condensed into what can and...

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