Critically critiquing the critics
Mar30

Critically critiquing the critics

Since the reviews have been coming out for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I have seen people fall very hard on both sides of how the critics have perceived the film. Is a critic “right” or “wrong?” That’s like asking if a cup of coffee is strong enough. Depends on how you like it. Lest we forget, everyone, be they critic or moviegoer, fan or hater, is entitled to their opinion. But a professional critic employed by a major...

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Ego Unchained: What killed The Hateful Eight?
Feb11

Ego Unchained: What killed The Hateful Eight?

  “This movie (Reservoir Dogs) was never meant to be everything for everybody. And I don’t mean that as a slam. I’m just saying I made this movie for myself and everybody else is invited.” – Quentin Tarantino I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan. The Pulp Fiction poster is displayed proudly on my office wall beside my signed Samuel L. Jackson photo of Jules and Vincent. iTunes tells me I’ve listened to...

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BFCA’s Star Wars Controversy – Another Opinion
Dec23

BFCA’s Star Wars Controversy – Another Opinion

It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is obliterating every box office record and rewriting the rules as it goes. On Monday, the Broadcast Film Critics Association asked it’s 300+ membership a very simple question via email: “If you had seen The Force Awakens before casting your Critics’ Choice Awards ballot, would you have included it in your five choices for Best Picture?” Totally valid question. The movie...

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New Video Essay Proves Daniel-San is a Bad Guy
Aug24

New Video Essay Proves Daniel-San is a Bad Guy

I’m a sucker for the new spate of in-depth video essays about popular films. I’ll start posting more around here when they pop up. However I’m also a huge sucker for conspiracy theories, clever parody and people who take way too much time analyzing things incorrectly. This is why I love the documentary Room 237. Today, over on SlashFilm, they made a post about a YouTube video that gives an in-depth analysis on how it is in fact Daniel...

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Happy Birthday, Star Trek!
Sep08

Happy Birthday, Star Trek!

Dennis Willis and Steven Kirk celebrate the 48th anniversary of Star Trek, with a brief history of the fan-based wave that brought the cancelled TV program back in the 1970s, the current state of the rebooted film series, and Trek‘s enduring...

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Commentary: The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Aug20

Commentary: The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Dennis Willis, Steven Kirk and Steve Wagner not only loved the new Netflix documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball, they agree that it’s one of the most important movies of year. Strap yourself in for a freewheeling conversation about Hollywood, the love of the game, and why we root for the little guy to...

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Commentary: Fixing Spider-man
Aug11

Commentary: Fixing Spider-man

With The Amazing Spider-man 2 now available on home media, Dennis Willis, Steven Kirk and Steve Wagner debate all the ways the powers that be at Sony can reverse the diminishing financial and creative direction of the franchise, if they really wanted...

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Commentary: Money for Nothing
Jul16

Commentary: Money for Nothing

Popular celebrities asking fans to pay for their movies? The horror! But something else is going on here. Dennis Willis and Don R. Lewis debate the rise of funding Hollywood films via crowd-funding, and how $60,000 for potato salad just might ruin the whole arrangement. Also, an update on Lewis’ own crowd-funded documentary Culling the...

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