Oh, hey. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s this little flick out called Wonder Woman right now. Not a huge deal or whatever. Just a feature film directed by a woman about a female superhero who happens to be comic book and pop culture legend. I mean, it’s not like fans have been asking for this for years or anything. Or that it’s totally proving Hollywood wrong about how they think audiences don’t want to watch (let alone care about) women’s stories. Or that it’s stomping the circle-jerk among production companies that say women directors just can’t helm a big budget blockbuster. Nah, this is definitely nothing to celebrate. Continue reading “Wonder Woman Can Take All My Money”
Though summer technically doesn’t start until June, in the world of movies, it starts the first week of May. And that week is finally here. Welcome to 2017 Summer Blockbuster Season! Continue reading “Bailey’s 2017 Summer Blockbuster Guide”
There’s a lot of internet nonsense surrounding Suicide Squad. Film critics released scathing reviews after the media embargo lifted, and fans got pissed, petitioning Rotten Tomatoes (You geniuses know Warner Bros has ownership stakes in the site, right?) and boosting ratings for Suicide Squad on iMDB, despite haven’t actually seeing the movie. And now that Suicide Squad is doing well at the box office (by August standards), people are like “Critics are worthless!” *sigh* Continue reading “Suicide Squad Has Its Moments, But It Wastes So Much Potential”
A beautiful disaster. A very expensive reaction video for Man of Steel. A super-sized bore. Yawn of Justice. These are just samplings of things critics have written about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And while I do enjoy some of the snarky zingers, particularly those directed at Warners Bros for their nearsighted money-grab of a cinematic universe, I don’t totally agree with the reviews. Continue reading “Batman v. Superman: Is It Really as Bad as Everyone Says It Is?”
I think most Superman fans will probably agree with me when I say that there really hasn’t been a good film adaptation of the comic book hero’s story. The Christopher Reeve movies were good for their time, and the TV show Smallville was actually pretty good, but otherwise, Superman hasn’t been successful on the big screen (just remember the godawful Superman Returns). That’s why Man of Steel was getting so much buzz. Continue reading “Man of Steel: The Superman Movie We’ve Been Waiting For?”
Before I start this movie review, I want to take a moment to mention the infamous violence that will unfortunately and quite possibly forever be associated with The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not going to debate about gun control or the lack of emergency preparedness because such politicizing would be insulting to the victims and their families; and I certainly won’t assume to understand the motives of a person who had a mind to kill innocent people he never knew. But I want you to think, as I did during the movie, about this event in terms of our love-hate relationship with violence.
I, for one, am not someone who believes that watching violent movies or playing violent video games makes people violent. Do I think it overexposes us to violence and makes us numb to it? Yes. But a violent mind is bred biologically, psychologically, and behaviorally—not manipulated solely by sources of entertainment. Now that you understand where I’m coming from, I want to you to think about something. Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises, Falls, Growls…”