…you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, “Wow, that’s crazy!” Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that’s kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t’s kind of epic.
– Zack Snyder on costume tests for Batman vs Superman.

Now, while the phrase ‘all three of them in the same shot’ pleases me I can’t get behind Zack’s enthusiasm about how special this moment is. As a DC fan I get it, it’s exciting to me. These characters haven’t been together in live action before. This is a first. It’s just that the concept of icons on screen together is no longer special.

The Avengers

Zack, it’s been done. You can’t just impress us with putting heroes together any more. You’re going to have to do something truly special.


I’ve been trying to get this post started for a while now. I want to blog about Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” because a tweet doesn’t cut it. I can tell people I thought it was amazing in <140 characters but I definitely couldn’t pack what I felt into so small a space.

The trouble is what I feel is still hard to reconcile with an effects-fest superhero movie. I try and explain why “The Avengers” moved me, quite literally, to the verge of tears and I suddenly fear that maybe you didn’t see the same movie I did. Not literally, of course, but in the philosophical sense. Hopefully when I spit it out I’ll hear from one or two of you (I have names in mind) that you reacted the same way and I’ll feel less like a crazy person.

Cut for potential spoilers (though I’m not planning on any).

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Most Obscure Film

This is an easy one. La Jet√©e is a french film from 1962 directed by Chris Marker (probably best known for writing 12 Monkeys) and narrated by Jean N√©groni. It’s a cyberpunk post-apocalyptic story about the survivors attempting to save themselves from their own past with time travel. Shades of The Matrix and shades of 12 Monkeys abound. The things that make this film stand out from others are its’ length (less than half an hour) and the fact that the entire film is comprised of still images shown in sequence. Well, so is any film if you think about it, but La Jet√©e is literally a sequence of still photographs, the camera lingering on each one for the length needed to tell its’ part of the narrative.

Your Favourite Drama

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A Film You Used to Love, But Now Hate

There isn’t one, not really. At worst maybe a film I used to love has dulled to apathy. I hate very few films, to be honest. I certainly don’t hate anything I used to love.

A Film That Depicts Your Life

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A Film No One Expected You To Like

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A Guilty Pleasure

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A Film By Your Least Favourite Director

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A Film By Your Favourite Director

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