Continuing from my thought on Friday, I give Guardians of the Galaxy all of the thumbs up. I’d say it’s probably my third favorite Marvel movie at this point, after The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. What did those of you who were able to see it this weekend think of it? Let me know in the comments below. (And let’s try to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it.)
I’m a big fan of South Korean revenge films. I’m not sure exactly how I discovered them, though it may have been that showing of Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy I attended in college. Either way, I’m slightly obsessed with them. They show off a brutal side of being human that many people shy away from. Rather than hiding from the darkness, these films wholeheartedly embrace it. Netflix has helped me immensely in this fascination, and there are always a few options available for instant viewing. Aside from Oldboy, I also recommend The Man from Nowhere and I Saw the Devil. If you have any of your own recommendations, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
Anybody else really enjoy this bizarre little film? I feel like watching it again. It’s such an interesting mixture of entertaining and horrible, just like it should be. Maybe I should renew my subscription to the magazine?
I have the uncanny ability to pause movies in such a way that I always catch the characters with weird expressions. Here’s one example of Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns I snapped while watching it for my review over at Sourcerer. In fact, I reblogged it here last night. I hope to show all of you more of these as time goes on.
Here’s my review of Batman Returns over at Sourcerer. Give it a look and let me know what you think.
Happy new book day, everyone! Continuing from last week, for this post I will recount some of my revised and expanded notes I took while watching 1992’s Batman Returns for the first time in nearly a decade. As most of you already know, the film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken. Here are my thoughts and observations, grouped around a few specific themes.
The look and feel of Gotham are fairly different from the first movie. Whereas the previous movie seemed strangely timeless, this entry in the series is set around Christmas with a seemingly bottomless, thin, clean layer of snow everywhere. The opening shots of the movie really work in Tim Burton’s quasi-German Impressionistic signature style, which was largely absent from the previous movie.
This style is rarely deviated from for the remainder of the film. One would…
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What really appeals to me about Pacific Rim, besides the fact that I love that sort of stuff and grew up on it, is that at its core it is about shared human ingenuity and fighting spirit overcoming hopeless odds. I think this is something we can all appreciate about the film, even if the big robot/big monster action isn’t your cup of tea. And, yes, I was overjoyed at the announcement of the sequel last week.
And that is my thought of the day for this, the 238th birthday of the United States. Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans, wherever you are!
Here’s a snapshot of a portion of my Batman collection from a post over at Sourcerer. How does yours measure up?
by Jeremy Defatta
Good day, everyone! I thought a little game of “show me yours” might be a nice (and fun) aside at this point in the Batman column. Below is an image of a sizable portion of my Batman collection (please excuse the poor quality).
This is most of my Batman trade paperbacks and hardcovers, as well as my Arkham games, the first season of Batman: The Animated Series, and the Nolan trilogy. There are still a few pieces boxed up somewhere that I couldn’t include here, which explains their absence. I could never hope to include an image of every single issue of Batman and his various other comics series that I own, so I didn’t worry too much with those.
I wanted to provide a mixture of media here in order to state a point I honestly believe and have had arguments with fellow fans about. I…
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