Start [REC]ording

For my money, [Rec] and [Rec]2 are two of the best found footage films out there.  They used the genre very well.  I was excited to see [Rec}3: Genesis, but found it greatly disappointing.  I understand why they abandoned the found footage approach, it really is limiting, and there is … Continue Reading Start [REC]ording

The Error of Defeat

So…Sony gave in and canceled the Interview in it’s entirety.  The so stupidly named Guardians of Peace and North Korea beat the studio. People who believe in the freedom of speech, the right to protest and freedom of expression should be chilled.  And yet, I am seeing some folks opting … Continue Reading The Error of Defeat

Lord of the Bloat

A common (and quite fair) criticism of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films is they are expanded and bloated. They often are incredibly busy and sometimes overwhelming in their additions. And yet, it seems almost ironic. I read The Lord of the Rings books in my late thirties. Truth is, I … Continue Reading Lord of the Bloat

RoboCop No More…

I must be honest folks…that RoboCop trailer has been bugging me. The primary problem? Murphy and his wife appear to know who he is from the start. But part of what makes the original RoboCop so great (Aside from the scathing satire of corporate culture) is that Alex Murphy is … Continue Reading RoboCop No More…

The Donner Illusion

Some segments of the film and comic community are being extraordinarily tough on Man of Steel.  And some are, bizarrely, appealing to the Superman given to us by Richard Donner, Richard Lester and Bryan Singer. I am not addressing the folks who are equally critical of those films. But the … Continue Reading The Donner Illusion

Game Enders

So, there is a lot of argument about the boycott of Ender’s Game. The gay community has both supporters and detractors of the boycott. What I find interesting about some of the detractors is that they are the same folks that had no problem boycotting a previous film. When the … Continue Reading Game Enders

Wonder Woman

Open on a beach on the island Themyscira.  It is raining, lighting striking…we see a young woman, Hippolyta, sculpting something.  As we close in, we see it is a baby.  The woman steps back, looking to the sky…lightning strikes the clay form…she steps forward and starts to wipe away clay, revealing … Continue Reading Wonder Woman