Hi, folks. We have an eclectic mixture of items to check out this week, but I personally feel that these are some of the more interesting and/or worthwhile clickables we’ve shared.
- First: you may have heard about the passing of long-time TIME editor/movie reviewer Richard Corliss. As a tribute to his reviewing career, TIME published this list of his 25 best reviews.
- You’ve also likely heard about or watched the new Star Wars trailer and the new Batman vs. Superman trailer. For those who aren’t entirely enamored of the recent film buff craze around movie trailers and teasers, however, the team at Screen Junkies has the perfect antidote. In their first released segment to be included in a new series of original content, called the Honest Teaser, the Screen Junkies team takes on the most recent coming attraction for the imminent Zach Snyder, DC Comics monolith. Featuring a blend of irreverent color commentary sampled from their official Movie Fights podcast, the Honest Teaser for Batman FT. Superman: Rush to the Justice League will have you laughing out of your seat, and questioning your devotion to J.J. Abrams’ respective nostalgia porn. Be sure to follow ScreenJunkies on Twitter, @screenjunkies, for more Honest Teasers.
- The internet seems to love films like Sharknado, but there’s something deeply insincere about formulaic and corporate attempts at manufacturing bad movies with predictable washed up stars. So before you sign on to live tweet of the newest SyFy “original,” maybe check out the films on this list from Scott Weinberg to experience the real charm of misguided but earnest B-movies. Follow Scott Weinberg on Twitter @scottEweinberg.
- Also in the news lately is Adam Sandler, who is facing criticism due to the script of his latest movie, which Native American actors found so offensive that they walked off set. This has caused many to take a look at Sandler’s career, performances, popularity, and the correlation between them. BBC5 film critic Mark Kermode gives a special 35mm print presentation of the 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson feature Punch-Drunk Love, as a part of his Kermode Uncut series of short form, cultural analysis videos. Watch as Kermode engages with his fans before and after the screening of the film, and addresses a particular distaste for actor Adam Sandler in the process, making the argument for Anderson’s aforementioned film as proof of Sandler’s latent dramatic ability. If you like what you see here, be sure to follow Mark Kermode on Twitter, @KermodeMovie.
- Finally, this CINEMABLEND article illustrates how a more modern cinematic universe (Marvel) pays tribute to an earlier, expansive cinematic universe (Star Wars), creating a snapshot of the sort of creative respect that the best film artists have for their predecessors.
That’s it for this week. Thanks to Sean Cureton and Dave Shreve for their contributions!