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  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    While “The Killing Joke” comic written by Alan Moore is arguably one of the best Batman stories ever written, one particular aspect of the story hasn’t aged well at all in the ensuing decades and was bound to be a problem in any adaptation. The incident in question is the paralyzing of Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl), which is prime example of the “Women in Refrigerators” trope. The aforementioned trope refers to women who show up in the story almost exclusively…

  • JCVD

    JCVD

    ★★★½

    Things are not going well for Jean Claude Van-Damme.

    He’s in the middle of a child custody case with a young daughter that outright admits she doesn’t want to stay with him and is having trouble with legal fees because he continually struggles to find work as an aging action star (he’s gotten beaten out his latest role by Steven F@#king Segal). Things go from bad to worse when Van Damme returns to his hometown of Brussels and ends up…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    "Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

    In short, this film is the lovechild of Gravity & 2001: A Space Odyssey. In long, this film is a lovingly crafted deeply contemplative science fiction drama. The majority of the complaints I got about this film from people (besides the ones I listed below) boil down to the fact that most of the real…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Star Wars Canon Entry #9 & My Must Watchlist for 2015 Entry #12

    Having a filmmaker helm the new entry in beloved franchise who is also a fan of said franchise can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand you have someone who “gets” the intellectual property fans adore but on the other hand the creator can potentially be blinded by nostalgia. Take Superman Returns for example. In the 70’s Richard Donner brought Superman to the big screen which wowed…