Category: Movies

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Man of Steel (2013)

The first flying sequence is worth the price of admission all on its own. The scope and sense of wonder it evokes is overwhelming, as Superman rockets across the globe, through the clouds, and into space, grinning all the while. Because how can you not have fun when you’re Superman? I caught myself unconsciously whispering, “make me believe, make me believe” in a disturbingly erotic fashion that I’m sure was very uncomfortable for those sitting next to me.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

So by now, most of you probably have had a chance to see Iron Man 3. Which is good, because I don’t want to just beat around the bush for four paragraphs and end up saying little more than “it’s really good, but I can’t be too specific on why”.

Evil Dead (2013)

“Horror remakes are not generally well-liked. I realize that’s about as obvious an observation as noting that some people aren’t terribly fond of puppy-killing, but it’s true all the same.”

Swamp Thing (1982)

Swamp Thing is quite simply the best damn movie about a swamp creature fighting a sort of fake-looking wild boar/gator hybrid that used to be a French guy while Adrienne Barbeau and her cleavage watch anxiously.”

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

“I can think of no other apt way to describe Beautiful Creatures than ‘the anti-Twilight’. It’s what it has very intentionally set out to be, in the same way that The Golden Compass set out to be the anti-Narnia.”

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

“It's a film which should be notable because, if nothing else, it’s the first time I’ve seen someone take the idea of the audience rooting for the killer to its logical extreme. They actually manage to frame the story so that the cannibals are the lesser of two evils.”

Max Fleischer's Superman (part 5 of 5)

“And here we catch a brief glimpse of the seething anger Clark Kent must keep bottled deep inside. The resentment of being constantly humiliated by Lois Lane, and of being upstaged by her repeatedly, even as he must save her life. Can’t he have this one simple little story, Lois? Just this one?!”