Wonder Woman: A Salvific Triumph

Even with the Rotten Tomatoes score, I wasn’t ready for this.  Wonder Woman is a revelation.  We now have a new standard bearer for what a superhero movie can do.  There are no spoilers here, obviously.  The movie just came out last night!  Everyone needs to see this and experience for themselves just how inspiring a comic book movie can be.  Marvel, and the world, need take notice too.  DC’s cinematic comic book universe has arrived and Wonder Woman is their flagship hero, carrying both the DCEU forward and the possible potential for all comic book movies.  Finding what I did in watching Wonder Woman was the most incredible surprise.  And you deserve that surprise too!  So I’m not talking spoilers but I will speak of the film thematically and speak to how it managed to move me so profoundly. Continue reading

How Much Guardians Of The Galaxy Can I Get?!?

So I have a big problem.  Admittedly, it is 100% a trivial First World Problem, but it vexes me all the same.  I just finished watching (and, of course, loving) Guardians of the Galaxy for the umpteenth time.  The re-watch before the sequel is part of my process you know.  I have my tickets for the 7:00pm showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this Thursday too.  It’s the first showing in town baby!  Woo!  But, as a comic lover who also loves comic book movies, I just can’t get into a comic version of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the same way I love the film.  This is obviously a big problem because I want more Guardians of the Galaxy people!!!!  So I’m at an impasse. Continue reading

Hugh Jackman and the Modern Cinematic Superhero

It was the summer of 2000.  I was just eighteen years old and on a two week trip with my high school Youth Group.  We piled into the church van and drove across country to Yellowstone, hiking every day and camping every night.  I saw some majestic sights.  I bought a literal sword (a rapier) in the “bargain cave” at a Cabella’s.  It was awesome!  As this adventure was unfolding, Bryan Singer’s X-Men was opening at movie theatres across the country.  With it, Hugh Jackman would usher in the age of the modern cinematic superhero with his iconic turn as Wolverine (it killed me that I couldn’t see it opening night, regardless of an awesome trip).  With Logan coming out this weekend I felt I had to offer my humble tribute to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  Continue reading

The Many Faces of Evil (A Halloween Extravaganza) Part IV

Happy Halloween everyone!!  As the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead weakens (thanks Samhain…), we’ll spend the night with lighted jack-o-lanters to ward off nefarious spirits and decked out in all sorts of ghoulish garb to blend in with the dead who will traverse the land of the living.  Or, you know, we may do all those things in the name of free candy (yay for Reese’s Cups!!!).  Either way, today’s Halloween and that means I’ve only one Joker left to examine in this series.  Yay!  So let’s say hello to Mr. Jared Leto. Continue reading

Humanity’s GREATEST Literary Work

With slight modifications for genre, the sentiments legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy once applied to the band Survivor applies with as much truth to Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham’s 2014 IDW miniseries masterpiece Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters – “I’ve often said that the [comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters] is the best that ever was.  In my opinion, they put [classic literature] to bed.  Everyone else is an imitator.  That’s right, you heard me [Shakespeare], [Rumi], [J.K. Rowling], [John Grisham], you guys suck…dong.”  But to be as honest as possible, I must take my praise a step further, slightly modifying Ron Burgundy once again, “This [comic book] is quite simply the greatest composition in human history.  If you disagree, I will fight you.” Continue reading

Out of the Shadows and into the D-Box

This weekend David, Kalie, and I headed to our local movie theatre to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – complete with the brand new D-Box enhanced seating experience.  This is that tale.  Are you wondering if you should see the latest Turtles film?  Are you curious as to what my brother, girlfriend, and I thought of their newest big screen adventure?  Do you like reading stuff about comic book movies and/or mutated turtles who also happen to simultaneously be adolescent ninjas?  Do you just want to know what the hell a D-Box seat at the movie theatre is (and if it’s worth the crazy up-charge in ticket price)?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then you are in luck!  This story is for you.  (As usual, it’s presented spoiler-free.) Continue reading

Team Iron Man: A Treatise

It’s been a week and a half since Captain America: Civil War was released and excitedly exceeded all of our expectations.  And we learned once again that the best movies in the MCU are consistently the ones starring Captain America.  Captain America: The First Avenger was a moving period piece with an ending more sad and painful than anything I’d ever seen in a comic book film.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller that was equal parts escapist fun and social commentary.  Now Captain America: Civil War manages to be the darkest and most emotionally complex of the Marvel movies to date while also still being incredibly fun.  I’ve seen it four times now and it gets better with each viewing!  This blog didn’t exist for me to talk about all this opening weekend so I’m doing it now.  However, this might be the better approach anyway as there’s less chance of spoiling anything.  Regardless, this is your warning – SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW.  Now, with that out of the way, let’s see why Iron Man is right…even if Cap’s name is in the title. Continue reading