This month marks the 80th Anniversary of Wonder Woman!!! I didn’t read her comics as a kid but Diana of Themyscria is a character who’s come to mean very much to me. As Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman (2017) was my gateway to Diana and her world, it felt apropos to mark this occasion by (finally) posting the piece I wrote after seeing Wonder Woman 1984. I LOVE the movies. Since I got my driver’s license, rarely more than a week went by in between trips to the theatre. However, after a 10:05 pm showing of Brahms: The Boy 2 on 7 March 2020, lockdown hit. So when I saw Wonder Woman 1984, it’d been over TEN MONTHS since I’d went to the movies. I wanted my return to be special and WW84 was the logical choice. I wasn’t disappointed! Wonder Woman 1984 was a worthy successor to the masterpiece that was Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot did it again! They captured lightning in a bottle twice…at least as far as I was concerned. I was stunned when I began talking to friends – close friends who often share my opinion of films – and learned not everyone felt the same. Some did, but some didn’t. Granting all art is subjective, I still became curious, wondering what they saw in this film. Many conversations followed and this piece was born of my side of those conversations. This is an exploration of all I see in WW84.
My near-exclusive Marvel fandom has been indelibly stamped on my being for over thirty years however I’ve wanted to read Wonder Woman since I saw Patty Jenkins’ brilliant film. She redefined everything a comic book movie could be/do in the summer of 2017 and I was captivated. Diana Prince is a uniquely important character too, who’s been a part of our popular culture since 1941. She is the archetypal female superhero. She’s part of DC’s Trinity and, no matter how much I love them, Marvel has no one like her. In short, she’s a character I should know. So I tried the first issue of Greg Rucka’s “Rebirth” run but found it more confusing than welcoming. Yet I kept trying, wanting to experience this character I’d fallen in love with at the movies in the genre she was born into. I researched “classic” or “definitive” Wonder Woman stories but jumping into the middle of seventy-seven years of stories, almost completely at random, felt a bit intimidating. Then came G. Willow Wilson. Continue reading
In honor of Oscar weekend, a few days ago I posted a piece about the nine films nominated for Best Picture 2018. I’ve seen them all this year (woo!) and offered my thoughts on each film, leading to my prediction of the winner as well as my favorite film and the one I want to win Best Picture. Today I’m looking back at the movies I personally saw at the theatres last year – presented in the order I saw them (with multiple viewing dates when appropriate) – and offering up my Best Picture nominees. If I was in charge of the Academy Awards, who would get the Best Picture trophy? And how does my list match up to Oscar’s? Well, let’s take a look and find out! Continue reading
This is it folks…my 200th post on MY COMIC RELIEF!!! Just as I did with my piece on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for my 100th post celebration, I wanted this one to be extra special. And I could think of no better subject than Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers was one of those characters who exploded into popularity during my seventeen year hiatus in comic reading. She’s also one of the characters I was most excited to meet when I returned! I don’t think it’s at all hyperbolic to say Captain Marvel represents the future of Marvel Comics. Reinvented by Kelly Sue DeConnick, shepherded through the Second Superhero Civil War by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, and now under the brilliant stewardship of Margaret Stohl, Carol Danvers has become Marvel’s true North. Providentially named, I believe Captain Marvel represents the best of what Marvel Comics was, is, and can be. Continue reading
As summer turns to fall, I have to go back to work. I’ll pause for a moment to let everyone who’s not a teacher feel bad for me. Yep, that’s right; those two glorious months off are over and soon I’ll be back to late nights writing lesson plans and grading alongside days spent “shaping the future” and whatnot. Fall also means the arrival of Oscar Season, where all the tear-inducing, emotionally heavy, dramatic masterpieces begin to push the summer comedies and blockbuster extravaganzas out of the theatres as they attempt to earn a coveted Academy Award nomination. As a lover of all genres of movies, I’ve always looked forward to Oscar Season. Continue reading
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
Okay, I shouldn’t be writing right now. I should be going to bed. Tomorrow night’s Baccalaureate and Thursday night’s graduation. And my homeroom kids are graduating!! Aaaahhh!! I’ve had these kids for four years and I’m an emotional and nostalgic mess. I should be in bed. BUT I just read that Wonder Woman is currently sitting at a superhero-movie-record-setting 97% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! To give context, the best the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done on Rotten Tomatoes is Iron Man at 94%, The Avengers at 92%, Guardians Of The Galaxy at 91%, and Captain America: Civil War at 90%. (And nothing the DCEU’s offered has rated “Fresh” so far.) Now, I make no attempt to hide that I’m a Marvel guy through and through. I also can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of what the DCEU’s offered so far. But I want Wonder Woman to hold this place and take this title. DC deserves this. Continue reading