Month: August 2017

Making Lower-Budget Standalone DC Movies? Good Idea. Making The First One a Joker Origin Story? Bad Idea.

Here’s the (maybe) good news: Warner Bros. is planning a separate batch of lower-budget, standalone DC movies. Here’s the (definitely) bad news: The first one of these might be a Joker origin story directed by […]

The Studios Are a Step Closer to Offering Premium Video on Demand Next Year & The Theaters Won’t Like It

Earlier this year AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron, the man charged with running the largest theater chain in North America, assured investors that there was no industry consensus on premium video on demand yet, at […]

On Not Knowing How to Feel About the Joss Whedon Controversy

Joss Whedon’s ex-wife, Kai Cole, says (in an op-ed for TheWrap) that he’s a hypocrite who uses his reputation as a feminist to deflect blame and suspicion away from his many transgressions, which apparently includes […]

Here’s the Trailer for the Chinese Movie That Has Now Made More Than Avatar

According to Forbes, Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2 is now bigger at the Chinese box office than the domestic total for Avatar. Wait, what? Ugh. Math. Basically, you know how our biggest movie of all […]

Box Office: Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky Experiment, Explained

Steven Soderbergh loves movies and storytelling too much to stay away. That’s why his highly publicized retirement never really took. Within a year of “quitting” directing, he was hard at work directing every episode of The […]

Game of Thrones’ “Beyond the Wall” (S7:E6): Stuck in the Middle With You

SPOILERS…OBVIOUSLY Polar bears, dragons and zombie dragons, oh my. Yes, yes…our fellowship did their thing, and more of them returned alive than expected. I’ll talk about that, but first a tangent: is Game of Thrones […]

The Defenders’ Finale (S1:E8): Defenders Disassemble

Well, that was a mess. Many of these Netflix Marvel shows end on rushed and ultimately disappointing season finales, and The Defenders is sadly no different. Try as they might, the story they were telling […]

The Defenders’ “Fish in the Jailhouse” (S1:E7): You Had One Job, Danny

This whole “let’s do The Avengers on Netflix” thing? It’s not working as well as it should, but the culprit isn’t what I expected. Showrunner Marco Ramirez and his screenwriters have successfully melded together these […]

The Defenders’ “Ashes to Ashes” (S1:E6): That’s Insane

It was hoped that by cutting down to an 8-episode schedule The Defenders would avoid hitting the Netflix wall, that there would be no need for wheel-spinning, time-filling episodes with only 8 hours to tell […]

The Defenders’ “Take Shelter” (S1:E5): Let’s Talk About This Show’s Danny Rand Problem

Prior to watching The Defenders I only read one review, and that was over at The AV Club where they took stock of the first 4 episodes (the only 4 made available to reviewers pre-air) […]