June 13, 2014
What an Action Hero Does on His Day Off

He killed the bad guy. He recovered the priceless artifact. He saved the girl. Now what? In this short film, writer and director Dylan Allen skewers the generic “happy” ending of typical big-budget blockbusters with satirical humor and a dash of ennui.

What an Action Hero Does on His Day Off

He killed the bad guy. He recovered the priceless artifact. He saved the girl. Now what? In this short film, writer and director Dylan Allen skewers the generic “happy” ending of typical big-budget blockbusters with satirical humor and a dash of ennui.

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Filed under: Film Short Film Satire 
May 13, 2014
popculturebrain:

Ladies and gentlemen: Your Batman and his Batmobile | Zack Snyder

What do you guys think?

popculturebrain:

Ladies and gentlemen: Your Batman and his Batmobile | Zack Snyder

What do you guys think?

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Filed under: Reblogs Film Batman Batfleck 
May 13, 2014
Hollywood Should Make More, Not Fewer, Superhero Films

The rickety Amazing Spider-Man 2 has critics debating just how many superhero movies America can handle. This was the subject of Samuel Adams’s weekly survey at CriticWire, which led RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz to write a forceful essay declaring: “This genre is where imagination goes to drown itself.”
He levels many popular arguments against superhero movies, ranging from valid critique of some action cinematography to easy comparisons with junk food.  But the fact that there are real criticisms to be made of the movies the genre has produced doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the genre, or that we should expect it to peter out soon.
The truth is, there aren’t nearly enough superhero movies available. By historical standards, we’re so deprived of superhero movies that there’s probably a shadow war being fought between paranormal forces of good and evil over the matter.
Read more. [Image: Columbia]

Hollywood Should Make More, Not Fewer, Superhero Films

The rickety Amazing Spider-Man 2 has critics debating just how many superhero movies America can handle. This was the subject of Samuel Adams’s weekly survey at CriticWire, which led RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz to write a forceful essay declaring: “This genre is where imagination goes to drown itself.”

He levels many popular arguments against superhero movies, ranging from valid critique of some action cinematography to easy comparisons with junk food.  But the fact that there are real criticisms to be made of the movies the genre has produced doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the genre, or that we should expect it to peter out soon.

The truth is, there aren’t nearly enough superhero movies available. By historical standards, we’re so deprived of superhero movies that there’s probably a shadow war being fought between paranormal forces of good and evil over the matter.

Read more. [Image: Columbia]

May 9, 2014
Bad Neighbors

The Zac Efron/Seth Rogen vehicle is a premise in search of a plot.
Read more. [Image: Universal Studios/Glen Wilson]

Bad Neighbors

The Zac Efron/Seth Rogen vehicle is a premise in search of a plot.

Read more. [Image: Universal Studios/Glen Wilson]

May 9, 2014
Finally, a Movie Portrays Social Media as Something Other Than Evil

Jon Favreau’s indie comedy Chef is pitched at foodies—but it has a lot of smart, refreshingly positive things to say about Twitter, too.
Read more. [Image: OpenRoad]

Finally, a Movie Portrays Social Media as Something Other Than Evil

Jon Favreau’s indie comedy Chef is pitched at foodies—but it has a lot of smart, refreshingly positive things to say about Twitter, too.

Read more. [Image: OpenRoad]

May 5, 2014
Star Wars' Original, Scum-Caked Brilliance

Haters have a point: Lucas’s movies are shoddily made. But that’s part of why they’re great.
Read more. [Image: LucasFilm]

Star Wars' Original, Scum-Caked Brilliance

Haters have a point: Lucas’s movies are shoddily made. But that’s part of why they’re great.

Read more. [Image: LucasFilm]

May 2, 2014
Spider-Man 2: More Is (Much Less)

Some among you will be too young to remember, but I can still recall way back in the day when we all had to walk to school through the snow (uphill both ways), when a shave and a haircut cost two bits, when goilz were goilz and men were men, and when Tobey Maguire starred in Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi.
I broke with the prevailing consensus back then, greatly preferring Spider-Man to the ubiquitous recyclings of Spider-Man 2. But I think everyone can agree that it wasn’t until the concluding chapter of  Raimi’s trilogy that the wheels came off altogether: too many villains, too many storylines, too much everything.
Read more. [Image: Columbia]

Spider-Man 2: More Is (Much Less)

Some among you will be too young to remember, but I can still recall way back in the day when we all had to walk to school through the snow (uphill both ways), when a shave and a haircut cost two bits, when goilz were goilz and men were men, and when Tobey Maguire starred in Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi.

I broke with the prevailing consensus back then, greatly preferring Spider-Man to the ubiquitous recyclings of Spider-Man 2. But I think everyone can agree that it wasn’t until the concluding chapter of  Raimi’s trilogy that the wheels came off altogether: too many villains, too many storylines, too much everything.

Read more. [Image: Columbia]

April 30, 2014
Why the Limit to Mean Girls Does Not Exist

Mean Girls was released 10 years ago today. This means that Mean Girls was also released just weeks after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com from his Kirkland House dorm room.
That is mostly a coincidence. In many ways, the now-classic high school comedy had a lifecycle typical of its genre: theatrical release, DVD release, Netflix release, basic-cable omnipresence. (For the film’s enduring popularity, “I think we mostly have TBS to thank,” Mean Girls’ writer and co-star, Tina Fey, put it in a recent interview.) But Mean Girls has been exceptional in one notable way: At some point, it stopped being simply a film. It became an Internet Phenomenon. It became a meme. 
The film still feels fresh today—it still feels fetch today—in large part because it never really left us. We’ve been living in Girl World since long after Mean Girls made its initial run in the theaters. Irregardless. 
Read more. [Image: Paramount]

Why the Limit to Mean Girls Does Not Exist

Mean Girls was released 10 years ago today. This means that Mean Girls was also released just weeks after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com from his Kirkland House dorm room.

That is mostly a coincidence. In many ways, the now-classic high school comedy had a lifecycle typical of its genre: theatrical release, DVD release, Netflix release, basic-cable omnipresence. (For the film’s enduring popularity, “I think we mostly have TBS to thank,” Mean Girls’ writer and co-star, Tina Fey, put it in a recent interview.) But Mean Girls has been exceptional in one notable way: At some point, it stopped being simply a film. It became an Internet Phenomenon. It became a meme. 

The film still feels fresh today—it still feels fetch today—in large part because it never really left us. We’ve been living in Girl World since long after Mean Girls made its initial run in the theaters. Irregardless.

Read more. [Image: Paramount]

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Filed under: Film Mean Girls Memes 
April 29, 2014
The New Star Wars Cast Only Has One Woman Who Isn’t Princess Leia

Little is known about newcomer Daisy Ridley, but today’s news hints that Episode VII may not do much to improve the old films’ famous gender gap. 
Read more. [Image: LucasFilm]

The New Star Wars Cast Only Has One Woman Who Isn’t Princess Leia

Little is known about newcomer Daisy Ridley, but today’s news hints that Episode VII may not do much to improve the old films’ famous gender gap. 

Read more. [Image: LucasFilm]

April 29, 2014
policymic:

BREAKING: 'Star Wars Episode VII' cast announced | StarWars.com

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

policymic:

BREAKING: 'Star Wars Episode VII' cast announced | StarWars.com

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

(Source: micdotcom, via popculturebrain)

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Filed under: Star Wars Film Reblogs 
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