#97: Himbos Akimbo: Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher should never have made those Batman movies. Not because they’re bad. They’re good/bad, and that’s about as much deference as most comic book franchises deserve. Joel Schumacher shouldn’t have made those movies because of the damage they did to his reputation. The guy that made The Lost Boys and Falling Down should beContinue reading “#97: Himbos Akimbo: Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera”

#98: Let’s Have a Toast for the Douchebags – Volker Schlöndorff’s Baal

            There’s no Hollywood story quite like that of a director run amok. Francis Ford Coppolla tap dancing on the edge of the abyss while making Apocalypse Now is probably the most famous example of this for Americans, but all of these stories are wild in their own way. Werner Herzog famously came a hair’sContinue reading “#98: Let’s Have a Toast for the Douchebags – Volker Schlöndorff’s Baal”

#99: Weird, Wonderful Mess – Julie Taymor’s Titus

Titus Andronicus is by far the weirdest play Shakespeare ever wrote. It’s got some of the grossest deaths in his canon and it’s by far the meanest. It’s a revenge story of a disgraced Roman general wiping out the family of the emperor that allowed 25 of his 26 kids to be murdered, raped, mutilatedContinue reading #99: Weird, Wonderful Mess – Julie Taymor’s Titus

#100: The Best Comic Book Movie Ever Filmed – Pete Travis’s Dredd

It’ll be interesting to see how films historians view the late 2010’s. The decade where comic book movies, primarily DC and Marvel properties, became at once the most expensive and the highest grossing films in the history of the medium. Where the cinematic titan that Marvel Studios has become stood on the shoulders of ChristopherContinue reading “#100: The Best Comic Book Movie Ever Filmed – Pete Travis’s Dredd”

The First Graphic Novel?: A Contract With God by Will Eisner

            Unless you’re a big-ass book nerd, you’ve probably recently heard of Philip Roth because of the new alternate-history hit on HBO called The Plot Against America. The story revolves around an alternate 1940 election where Charles Lindbergh defeated FDR and creates an American fascist state rather than implementing the New Deal. The centerpiece ofContinue reading “The First Graphic Novel?: A Contract With God by Will Eisner”

Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem

              As I write this introduction, a good-sized chunk of the planet has been pretty much forced to eat most of their meals at home. For some members of the suburban bourgeoisie, this has led them to descend on their local state capitals, suspiciously expensive guns un hand, to loudly scream their desire to eatContinue reading “Frying Pans and Crime Related Poetry (Part 1): Chicken a la Meyhem”