I’m not your typical movie watcher. I pride myself on the ability to look at the commercials and previews of movies and judge whether or not they will be worth watching. Most of the time my answer is the same – “that’s going to be terrible”. Admittedly my picks are perfect, but the odds are with me considering the plethora of terrible movies being released on a regular basis.
I had the misfortune to watch one of those terrible movies on Saturday. It was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie was sitting on our DVR for the past year or so and I finally worked up the motivation to give it a shot. It was one of those movies that I knew would be bad, but I like comics and it’s free so I figured I would give it a shot. I wish I hadn’t. What a frustrating movie. The thing that frustrated me most of all was the gratuitous use of other Marvel Universe characters who had no need to be in the movie. Gambit, Cyclops, Professor X, Emma Frost all made cameos for no good reason. Worse than that, they completely bastardized Deadpool, one of the more interesting characters in the setting, destroying much of his future big screen credibility with movie executives.
After getting stuck watching this steaming pile of film droppings I started thinking about films that did it right. Over the last few years we’re had more movies than ever based on comic books that exceeded our wildest expectations. I decided to put together my completely non-comprehensive list of the best 10 movies based on a comic book. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry
I woke up this morning to the news about the massacre at the theater in Aurora Colorado. 12 people lost their lives last night for no reason. 71 more individuals are injured for no reason. This morning as I watched the coverage while getting ready for work I had a horrible feeling that I knew why this happened. I was convinced in my heart that this tragedy was the work of deranged person who was emulating the very same villains that are featured in Batman. I thought for sure that this person would turn out to be an anarchist, someone who wants to break down the order of society and create chaos. I thought that it would be likely that it was someone who was imitating Bane, the specific criminal featured in the current movie.
When I got home I found that I was right, almost. James Holmes, the murderer responsible for this event, had dyed his hair red and told the police he was “The Joker” according to multiple sources. That sounds right; he broke in and threw tear gas canisters into the crowd before opening fire in a chaotic manner. Most telling I think is that he didn’t kill himself. This wasn’t an angst-ridden person who wanted to punish his perceived persecutors. This was a person who wanted to experience the event exactly like the character he was emulating would have experienced it. Read the rest of this entry