Suicide Squad was released in August to a very mixed reception. I and other comic fans seemed to enjoy it, but critics complained that the film was tonally inconsistent and said the pacing was a mess, which were legitimate issues, but the movie was still entertaining. Although I will acknowledge, my first thought when leaving the theater was “that was pretty good, I wish I could’ve seen the rest of it.” There were many moments where one could tell scenes were missing, and the Joker’s plot was a complete nonstarter. Not long after the end of the theatrical run an extended cut was announced and fans were hopeful after the success of the Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman. Unlike the Ultimate Cut of BvS, the extended cut of Suicide Squad is able to fix some problems, but the film is still ultimately flawed.
Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, was one of the biggest surprises of recent memory for me. I expected an unnecessary reboot to one of my favorite film trilogies. Instead, I got the pleasure of watching one of the best action films of all time and have watched it many times since its release. Fury Road is filled from start to finish with relentless, incredible action, shot with a reliance on practical effects, and unlike many other films with the genre, it’s also beautiful. Every frame is filled with a multitude of over-saturated colors which crank up the contrast, as opposed to the drab and colorless movies we often see these days. That’s why many fans were surprised when George Miller said “the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now.” Miller even went so far as to suggest the reason he had decided on the over-saturated color palette is because he knew Warner Brothers would never allow a black and white film in theaters. Continue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition review” »
Many feature films adapted from anime and manga series are slated for release in the coming years: Akira, Bleach, and Death Note just to name a few. First is Ghost of the Shell, a science fiction film adapted from the manga of the same name which helped pioneer the cyberpunk style and become one of the most popular anime properties of all time. The film was released in Japan in 1995 and many directors and films, including The Matrix, A.I., Avatar, Surrogates, and countless others, have been inspired by its iconic visual style and themes.
As someone who has loved Star Wars since his formative years, I could not be more excited for Rogue One. Based on the two trailers we’ve seen so far, it looks like everything any Star Wars fan could want in a spin-off film. Rogue One doesn’t feel like the adventures we’re used to seeing in the Episodes. Rogue One feels like a war film set within the Star Wars universe, and that’s what we fans need after The Force Awakens, a movie that feels different, especially after so many complained about how derivative The Force Awakens felt. Though one should acknowledge the fact that if The Force Awakens not been so successful at the box office, Rogue One never would have been made. In fact, one could argue Disney had to play it safe in order to rekindle people’s love for Star Wars after the prequels. Now we’re getting to see the risks and the expansion of the universe we wanted all along with new planets and new characters, and many fans couldn’t be happier.