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What is 'The Batman' Really Getting At? Maybe We Need to Reflect

The Batman

"I wish I could say I'm making a difference, but I don't know." Is he making a positive difference or making everything worse? I've seen Matt Reeves' dark, gritty Gotham City noir thriller The Batman three times already. I've been thinking plenty about the movie over the last few weeks, but specifically about the plot, all three hours of it. What does it mean, what is the script trying to say? What is it really getting at? It's a story about the first years of DC's iconic superhero Batman, yes, but it's also deeper than that. By the third time I watched, there were a few key scenes that really stuck out to me that I didn't necessarily pick up on the first times around. On the surface, The Batman is about his "early years" in Gotham City as he's figuring himself out, trying to make sense of the crime in Gotham City, and whether or not he's helping stop all the crime as a masked vigilante. Similar to The Daily Bugle always hating Spider-Man, at the start most of the city seems to be against him, seeing him as a menace more than a hero. Which is an important lesson for him to learn.

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 Posted on April 5 in DC Movies, Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments

2022 Academy Awards Winners - 'CODA', Jane Campion, Will Smith

2022 Academy Awards

The 94th Academy Awards are finally upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is once again taking place much later than usual this year, we're already into spring, and the awards season has been very long since last fall. There are ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, and I don't think anyone has been able to figure which one is going to win before tonight. The frontrunner seems to be CODA, gaining momentum recently, but The Power of the Dog and West Side Story also have plenty of support. While there are some obvious expected wins, most of tonight will be a complete surprise. I'm enjoying this anticipation and I'm all for any of these three excellent films winning big - along with Dune and Spencer and The Lost Daughter as other favorites. Now it's time to find out who is taking home Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
CODA - Best Picture
CODA
dir. by Siân Heder
DIRECTOR:
Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion for
The Power of the Dog
ACTOR:
Will Smith - King Richard
Will Smith for
King Richard
ACTRESS:
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Read on below for a complete list of #Oscars2022 nominees & winners. Tell us your thoughts on the results.

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

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 Posted on March 27 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 7 Comments

Editorial: The Academy's Obsession with Popularity is Utterly Pathetic

Academy Awards

What the heck is going on with The Academy?! They've lost all sense of direction. With the live broadcast of the Academy Awards Ceremony losing viewers consistently year after year, The Academy has started to freak out and lose their minds. Instead of making smart choices to redevelop what the awards mean, who they're (really) for, and why they (still) matter, they've gone entirely the other way - chasing popularity and desperately trying to figure out how to remain hip and valuable to younger generations. In doing so, they've started to sacrifice everything they stand for, including bringing extra attention to the craftspeople who are also a key part of movie-making and are often forgotten or ignored by most audiences. I adore the Academy Awards, I always have and always will, because they're an iconic institute that has always been about quality and professionalism. But this obsession with popularity and ratings is utterly pathetic and I'm so tired of it.

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 Posted on March 25 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments

Editorial: 'The Batman' is a Triumph of Matt Reeves' Dark Vision

The Batman

"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." That final line of dialogue from 1974's Chinatown summarizes the film's theme incredibly succinctly. Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson), a private detective, is investigating a series of crimes that unravel the level of high corruption prevalent in Los Angeles. The investigation leads Gittes down a deflating and tragic path, as he eventually realizes there's simply nothing he can do to curb the pervasion of corruption in his own city. Matt Reeves' new Gotham City noir, The Batman, has a similar thematic throughline, even if the ending is a bit more optimistic. What it shares with Chinatown, and other street-level, grounded crime films of the 1970's, is a singular and clear vision. The Batman is a triumph of an auteur's artistic vision, a film that feels deeply personal amidst the occasionally bland and dispassionate studio blockbusters that Warner Bros (and other Hollywood studios) has been known to churn out as of late.

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 Posted on March 4 in DC Movies, Discuss, Editorial | 5 Comments

94th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2021

Academy Award Nominations 2021

The complete list of nominees for the 94th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees via live broadcast. The nominations from 2021 are, as usual, an exciting and intriguing set of nominees with plenty of surprises and expected picks - including Drive My Car from Japan, the animated documentary Flee, and Spielberg's West Side Story sneaking in. Jane Campion's excellent The Power of the Dog has a total of 12 nominations, and Denis Villeneuve's Dune has a total of 10 nominations - the two clear frontrunners out of all of the films from last year. Did you enjoy them, too? The Academy chose a total of ten Best Picture nominees from 2021, including: CODA (this makes me so happy!), Belfast, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story, Dune, and Drive My Car. Without further ado, check out the full list of nominations.

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 Posted on February 8 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 2 Comments

Editorial: How The Multiverse Helps Spider-Man Find His Way Home

Spider-Man

"Where there is great power, there is great responsibility…" The Multiverse is real. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, playing in theaters worldwide, the Multiverse finally reveals itself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland's Spider-Man faces his most nefarious threats yet in the third chapter of this trilogy for this popular webslinger. What's more is that while No Way Home pays homage to the last three cinematic incarnations of the superhero, it also finally allows Holland's Peter Parker to become the Spider-Man we know & love. Like any good Spider-Man story, that means with great power comes great responsibility to tell a gripping story full of sacrifice and hard choices. Writer's Note: This contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. If you haven't seen it yet and prefer to hold on, read no further.

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 Posted on December 22 in Discuss, Editorial, Marvel | Comments

Hey Critics - STOP Running Best of the Year Lists in Early December

Best of the Year Lists

It happens year after year, always right at the end of November. Weeks before whatever year we're currently in is over, websites and magazines and newspapers and critics groups start publishing their Best of the Year lists. But, why? Why at the start of December? Is this really necessary? These lists can't rightfully be called "Best of the Year" when the year isn't even over. When there are still more films to be seen. It's more like The Best Films That Publicists Decided to Show Us in the Last 11 Months. What about the next 4 weeks? This year there's at least two BIG releases that haven't been shown yet: Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Matrix Resurrections. Sure, the typical argument is "oh, well these probably won't make the best of the year lists anyway." But why not give them a chance? Why not just wait, you know, until the END of the actual year? Then once you've seen everything, once you take time to catch up with other films you might've missed, go ahead & start publishing the lists. That makes way more sense than what everyone is doing now.

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 Posted on December 13 in Discuss, Editorial | 1 Comment

John Waters Reveals His Top 10 Films of 2021 - Baby Annette Rules

John Waters - Annette Top 10

"Often wrongheaded but sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, [this film] has been rejected by film distributors worldwide. All I can say is that the movie sure as hell delivers." Ohh John Waters! It's always a delight to discover his Top 10 list every year. One of our favorite "best of the year" lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films released this year. For 2021, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, led by the extravagant Sparks Brothers + Leos Carax musical Annette (watch the trailer). He goes on to highlight other underseen gems and indie film favorites, including Quentin Dupieux's Mandibules and Sean Baker's Red Rocket. I'm honestly more excited to find out what's on his list than almost anyone else, just because he always chooses some of the most unexpected yet worthy films. No one else has a Top 10 like Waters'. And that's why I dig his Top 10 picks year after year.

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 Posted on December 1 in Discuss, Indies, Movie News | 1 Comment

Podcast: Discussing 'The Matrix Resurrections' Theories with M Sayibu

The Matrix Resurrections

What does it all mean?! Now available for listening: one hour-long podcast chat with M Sayibu discussing theories and thoughts about The Matrix Resurrections. After the first trailer dropped a few weeks ago, my mind was abuzz with so many thoughts. What's going on here, who is that in this shot? Is that really Neo and Trinity? Where is Agent Smith? I've been looking forward to hopping on a podcast to geek out about all things The Matrix, so I recently connected with M Sayibu on Twitter (@msayibu1) and we plugged in and started talking. I've been a hardcore fan of The Matrix movies since the early days, scouring the forums and websites during the release of the sequels in 2003. Almost two decades later and it's time to examine every little last detail and throw out every crazy fun theory we've got. Download the podcast episode and join us.

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 Posted on September 30 in Discuss, Podcasts, Sci-Fi | 1 Comment

Editorial: Time to End the Golden Globes, They Don't Matter Anymore

Golden Globes

If you haven't heard by now, the Golden Globes are embroiled in a massive controversy that began when they were ousted for having no Black members. And it probably means they're done for good. We can only hope that's the case. NBC has already stated they will not air the Golden Globes in 2022, which is essentially the "final blow" in the controversy, meaning that the actual show won't go on this time. The Golden Globes are put on by a shady group known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, aka the HFPA, and thanks to lawsuits & journalists we now know everything (bad) about them. To put it bluntly, it's a group of power-hungry "international journalists" who are obsessed with Hollywood celebs. And to put it bluntly again, it's time to end the Golden Globes for good. 2021 should be their final year. They don't matter anymore, they're boring, they're bought-and-paid for awards, and that's on top of the problems with the HFPA membership.

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 Posted on May 17 in Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments

2021 Academy Awards Winners - And 'Nomadland' Wins Best Picture

Academy Awards

The 93rd Academy Awards are finally upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is two months later than normal this year, to allow time for more films to show due to the shut downs last year. There are eight Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finding out who wins. The frontrunner is Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, picking up numerous wins throughout the awards season. It's one of my favorite films from 2020, so I'm all for it. I'm also just so happy to see so many other worthy nominees - including Sound of Metal, Minari, Wolfwalkers, The Mole Agent, My Octopus Teacher, and Judas and the Black Messiah. Each deserving of accolades. With the pandemic raging it has been a strange year, but there's still great films to celebrate. Now it's time to find out who is taking home the Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with the winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Nomadland
Nomadland
DIRECTOR:
Chloe Zhao
Chloé Zhao for
Nomadland
ACTOR:
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
in The Father
ACTRESS:
Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
in Nomadland

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2021 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

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 Posted on April 25 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | 7 Comments

'Zack Snyder's Justice League' is a Victorious Triumph for Perseverance

Zack Snyder's Justice League

The fans were victorious. Zack Snyder's Justice League is finally upon us. After a four year journey that originated with director Zack Snyder departing the project due to a family tragedy, the four-hour superhero epic defied all odds and expectations and arrived streaming on HBO Max this past weekend (watch the final trailer again). No longer besmirched by Joss Whedon's neutered version of Justice League from 2017, Zack Snyder's Justice League (formerly known as "The Snyder Cut") restores his epic vision for the superhero film, and it is a victorious triumph for perseverance and for the vision of an auteur who never gave up.

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 Posted on March 22 in DC Movies, Discuss, Editorial, Feat, Review | 7 Comments

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