Tag Archive: 'blockbusters'

Frozen: the Best Line in the Movie

So, I finally saw Frozen, and I loved it. Disney has had a good run of late. There is a favorite line of mine in Frozen for its ability to explain away magic rules that do not matter in the context of a story. It’s a marvelous line that ripples and flares with life the […]

Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Catching Fire and Place

I think Catching Fire is really, really good. A marked improvement on the so-so technical execution of movie one. I think it’s better than the book on which it is based, even. No, Katniss does not really do anything in this story either, but it’s still an entertaining yarn. And this time around she actually […]

Return to Elysium and its Big Plot Hole

I’ve been getting a lot of comments (for me anyway!) In the Elysium post, I pointed out that in Elysium, rich, smart business people have access to a magical healing technology, and no one is using it on Earth to make money. Or more importantly, that no one sealed this plot hole with a simple […]

Elysium and That One Plot Hole

Man, I love Neill Blomkamp. I am so, so happy he is making movies. Amongst my reasons: when I was working on Companion eight years ago, I imagined a reveal when the characters burst out into the daylight, where the camera flies back to reveal that they are on one roof of a massive grown-together […]

The Reasons why Ghostbusters is Popular

Bill Murray! Post done. Wait, wait. If it’s Bill Murray, why are we worshipping Ghostbusters and not Space Jam? I have a two simple theories about maintaining longevity with popular entertainment. This theory encompasses a number of shows, movies and books. That list includes a lot of my favorite entertainment, like Ender’s Game, Fight Club, and […]

What Pacific Rim Could Have Borrowed From Evangelion But Didn’t

Pacific Rim is a ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion… …said people who don’t know Kaijuu and Evangelion. On the internet. Recently. Pacific Rim is a big-budget Kaijuu movie about human-made robots that fight giant monsters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an apocalyptic giant robot anime franchise, about deeply flawed teenagers drafted to pilot horrifying robots against bizarre […]

A Guide to Enjoying Comic Con

Unlike my post about travel, the advice here about Comic Con is all valid, but I don’t necessarily endorse it. Today marks the first official day of San Diego Comic Con, and I am not going (because I moved somewhere not-LA). If you go to Comic Con, you probably like Star Trek, or maybe Gundam. […]

On Zack Snyder and Man of Steel

I’m a Zack Snyder apologist. There, I said it. Also, I saw Man of Steel, and it was pretty good. It lacks the gravitas of Batman Begins, thanks to weaker execution on the character side, but it is otherwise similar in tone. The nonlinear story helps offset how boring superhero origin stories have become now, […]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a Brilliant Absurdist Masterpiece

This past week I subjected myself, in a weak moment, to an io9 article: 10 Bad Movies (That Could Have Been Good With Just One Change) This time I think I made it out okay. Most of these I agree with – first time I’ve seen someone else recommend the ending to A.I. I always […]