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Is Superhero Fatigue Hitting Mainstream?

I have written much here that is critical of the superhero genre of film. It is a formula that requires no skill, is empty of meaning, and promotes a delusional way of thinking about the world. However, my biggest complaint is just that there is far too much of it. Evidently, I am not wrong, […]

What Makes a Bond Film Work?

I have generally enjoyed all of the James Bond films I have watched, and I have really loved many of them. However, they break many of the rules of story telling, and this makes me wonder why they work so well. I’ve read a couple of the Ian Fleming stories. They are very different from […]

Marketing Visual Films

I have written many times about my aggravation with film sequels and reboots, and I’m sure I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Such films are a substitute for good writing and good marketing. I’ve laid the blame on bad marketing before, but how should one market films? Well, you […]

I don’t like Tom Cruise

I know, join the club. (Is there one? A Tom Cruise anti-fan club?) I have liked him in just about every film I’ve seen him in. “Top Gun”, “The Color of Money”, “Rain Man”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Firm”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Minority Report”, “Oblivion”, and “Edge of Tomorrow”. I […]

Down on Sequels

There is yet another fucking Batman film out, The Batman. I gather that this one extra gothy and emo or something, but I don’t know, because I haven’t even been interested in watching the trailers. I have already written plenty here about my distaste for sequels ad infinitum, so I won’t repeat myself. My point […]

The God Damn Robots, John!

Isaac Asimov was well aware of the natural human tendency to fear things that appear kind of human, but aren’t quite. He went out of his way to show that robots wouldn’t be dangerous, simply because the people who made them would ensure that they aren’t. His Three Laws of Robotics aren’t the result of […]

Short Films

Short films are short because they skimp on components that are required in feature-length films, or they cut them out completely. Character Development: This is the most common omission. We often know just enough about the character to be able to tell the story. In a bad short film, we know even less about the […]