Category: Someone Has to Say It

Why Is DC Failing While Marvel Is Succeeding?

DC has a pretty big movie coming out next year. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is supposedly going to herald the coming of the DC movie shared universe that will eventually culminate in a pair of Justice League movies. As a big Batman fan, I should be happy that this is happening. But I’m not. I have zero confidence that DC can pull off what Marvel have in their creation of a shared universe. And it’s not because I’m a hater. I mean, I do hate Man of Steel. But the reason I have no confidence is that DC hasn’t...

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Why Iron Man 3 Is The Best Marvel Movie

Is Iron Man 3 the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film, or is it the only good Marvel Cinematic Universe film? I like The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger quite a bit, but I’m willing to entertain an argument for the first part of that question. I’ve always found the vitriol lobbed at Iron Man 3 from Marvel fans rather baffling, especially since it seems so universal. The consensus opinion seems to be that this is one of the weakest entries in the franchise, down there with The Incredible Hulk and either Thor film. Is it the only...

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Happy Birthday Kristen Stewart!

I was once a K-Stew hater. I know, I’m disgusted with myself too. I was unable to see the light beyond the tunnel of Twilight’s grip. But now I’ve seen the light. Now I ask you to put aside your old hatred for Kristen Stewart, because it’s unfounded. She was in an abysmal franchise before, but that never stopped any good actor from getting good work after the fact. If you’ve seen Adventureland, you know beneath her familiar screen presence, there is warmth and power in her best performances. I have yet to see Camp X-Ray but I’ve heard...

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Overrating Movies is Overrated

When you come across a movie that leaves a profound emotional impact on you, chances are it’s a good movie. There may be flaws and inconsistencies here and there, but ultimately an individual experience supersedes and overcomes any other person’s opinion on a movie. As long as there’s an intelligent and respectful conversation to be had about the pros and cons, we all win. Which is why calling something “overrated” is complete bullshit. Overrated is a term implying something is getting unwarranted praise. We’ve all thought something was more well received than we thought it deserved (remember when everyone...

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Movie Logic vs Real Logic

Whether it relates to the plot, characters, or the world a movie inhabits, “It just wasn’t realistic” is a complaint I hear far too often when it comes to movies. I talk about it on a constant basis both online and in real life, but there’s a certain toxicity to the idea that a movie needs to adhere to our version of reality. As movie lovers, we should never tell a movie what to do. We can discuss whether or not elements of the final product came together in a cohesive manner, but there’s a reason why our site...

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Selma and The Oscars

Last week, leading up to the 87th Academy Awards telecast, The Hollywood Reporter posted transcripts of conversations with various voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about their top picks in each category. Inevitably, these transcripts revealed nothing particularly novel, the individual members capriciously passing judgment on films and individual talents that they didn’t like, understand, or have any prior relationship with. This fact won’t surprise the more jaded film buff who already accepts the inherent hypocrisy of democratically-elected recognition of highly subjective works of art. However, there was one remark made by a particular member...

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The Oscars Suck, But They Don’t Have To

The majority of Oscar nominations and winners are bullshit. I was going to ease into this, but there’s no way around it. Instead of nominating films that bring about discussion on the merits of film as art, often disposable “Oscar bait” products receive accolades before falling into the forgotten cinematic landscape. Remember how The Artist won best picture, but something like Drive wasn’t even nominated? I couldn’t even remember what won in 2011. I had to look it up. That was only four years ago. For an award that has a prestigious air about itself, you would think there...

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Avatar Was Really Never Good

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator: Salvation, Twilight: New Moon, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The year is 2009, and the summer movie season has just shit all over us. The few bright spots were Up, District 9, and Star Trek. All universally enjoyable movies dabbling in concepts of science fiction. All the live-action, earthbound entertainment left us with brain tumors. Audiences Everywhere wanted to travel through the stars to escape the aftermath of the 2009 blockbuster season. Tacked on to the end of the year was the hit indie film, James Cameron’s Avatar. People...

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Why “Historical Accuracy” is Meaningless

Movies aren’t real. We’re all on board with that, right? It shouldn’t be such a controversial idea, but it’s challenged consistently and vigorously whenever a film purports to be “based on a true story,” especially when the film in question is an awards contender. The most recent example centers around Ava DuVernay’s Selma, which apparently doesn’t depict President Lyndon Johnson with 100% accuracy. Foxcatcher subject Mark Schultz went on a Twitter rampage against director Bennett Miller a few weeks ago after its light homosexual subtext became apparent to him. This happens all the time, sparked by the complaints of...

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Jake Gyllenhaal: Best Leading Actor of the 2000s?

The Question Two nights, ago, I posed a simple question on Twitter.  Here, you can see some of the responses: @David_Shreve2 @WeTalkMovies Cage. — Jake Bucsko (@TheDoctorIsntIn) December 4, 2014 Daniel Day-Lewis MT @David_Shreve2 Who do you consider best actor of current film era? Need some twitter help for an article (@WeTalkMovies) — Michael Nazarewycz (@ScribeHard) December 4, 2014 @David_Shreve2 @WeTalkMovies leo di caprio — Avery Chasten (@AveryChasten) December 4, 2014 @David_Shreve2 @WeTalkMovies Denzel. Full stop. — Eddie Love (@EddieLove44) December 5, 2014 .@David_Shreve2 Philip Seymour Hoffman would have been my pick 🙁 — Shannon (@plentyofalcoves) December 4, 2014...

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