Month: November 2017

Film Review: Lady Bird Joins the Recent, Celebrated Run of Female-Directed Coming-of-Age Stories

The following headlines are the best AND worst thing that could have happened to Greta Gerwig’s wonderful directorial debut Lady Bird: Yes, as of right now Lady Bird is the best-reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes […]

Let’s Talk the Avengers: Infinity War Trailer & The Future of Marvel Studios

Months ago, thousands of people got to see the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer at Disney’s D23 convention. Though the footage eventually leaked online, it remained the type of thing spoken of in hushed, reverent […]

Film Review: Coco Is a Near-Masterpiece

Over the past two decades, there have been fewer cinematic experiences I value more than the ever-present promise of attending another Pixar masterpiece and having a good, cathartic cry. It’s not just the crying, though; […]

The Pixar-John Lasseter Sexual Harassment Story, Explained

24 hours ago, the most controversial thing about Pixar’s new masterpiece Coco was Disney’s tone-deaf attempt to trademark the phrase “Dia de los Muertos,” a move so universally trashed it forced the company to hire […]

The Guys Who Made Powerless Now Get to Make a Harley Quinn Animated Series. Is That a Good Match?

Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey have just been hired by Warner Bros. to producer 26 half-hour episodes of a Harley Quinn animated series to launch on DC’s stand-alone streaming service next year. According […]

Box Office: Just How Thoroughly Did Thor: Ragnarok Kick Justice League’s Ass?

Justice League. Box Office. Go: What It Was Projected to Make: $110m domestic, $325m worldwide What It Actually Made: $96m domestic, $281m worldwide How Bad Is That?: That $110m projection was already seen as a […]

Box Office: How Lionsgate Used Schools to Turn Wonder Into the Sleeper Hit of the Season

Justice League, Daddy’s Home 2 or Wonder. Those were the choices I gave my 10-year-old nephew last night. It was my night to babysit and we were heading to the movies. He could either see […]

Danny Elfman Says Film Reboots Should Carry Over the Old Musical Scores. Is He Right?

It’s 2003. I’m watching Terminator 3, a sequel to one of my favorite films of all time. Arnold hasn’t been the Arnold of old – undisputed box office king, lovably limited thespian – in ages, […]

Film Review: Justice League Doesn’t Earn Its Hero Shot

A superhero team-up movie like Justice League is all about memorable character interactions and inevitable hero shots. Loki and Ultron, for example, don’t ultimately matter in their respective turns as Avengers villains. The same goes […]

Brief Reminder: Justice League Employed 1,700 People, None of Whom Set Out to Make a Bad Movie

Almost all comic book movies these days come with at least one post-credits scene. Justice League is no different. In fact, it has two. There’s a funny one as well as a remarkably important one […]