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My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started dominating the global box office, superheroes have become a safe bet. You may say you’ve grown tired of the genre, but it’s made important cultural advances over the years. They have become more inclusive when it comes to women and minorities, even if the safe basic formulas  really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

The Patriot

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. In 1780, South Carolina widower Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is drawn into the Revolutionary War when the British murder one of his sons and set his home on fire. When the director behind Independence Day (1996) and the star who brought us Braveheart (1995) join forces, the result is … Continue reading The Patriot

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I’m Not There: A Multitude of Voices

ALL I CAN DO IS BE ME, WHOEVER THAT IS. Todd Haynes knows how to suck up to Bob Dylan. When contacting the legendary artist’s manager to obtain permission to use Dylan’s music in an upcoming film that would fictionalize the entertainer’s life in the 1960s and ’70s, he was told by the manager not … Continue reading I’m Not There: A Multitude of Voices

The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile

WELCOME TO A WORLD WITHOUT RULES. “Why so serioussss?”, hisses the Joker as he flashes his retarded grin. This is after committing several murders, throwing Gotham City into disarray and before trying to force two boatloads of people to choose which one of the groups should perish first. It’s easy to see why people fail … Continue reading The Dark Knight: Say It With a Smile

Casanova

A PARTIALLY TRUE STORY ABOUT LIES TOLD, VIRTUE LOST AND LOVE FOUND. In 18th century Venice, popular womanizer Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) becomes fascinated by a feminist (Sienna Miller) but is also facing the danger of being charged with heresy. Director Lasse Hallström’s portrayal of this icon of irresistibility is just as vivacious, amusing and … Continue reading Casanova

Brokeback Mountain: Love Hurts

Love is a force of nature.   This movie must be a nightmare to bigots everywhere. It would have been easy to dismiss it as hype if only it was poorly made, but this is one of the best films ever to deal with homosexuality, much because it makes us recognize it as something that … Continue reading Brokeback Mountain: Love Hurts

A Knight’s Tale

HE WILL ROCK YOU. Sometime in the 14th century, a squire (Heath Ledger) assumes a knight’s title and jousts his way into a girl’s heart while also challenging a competitor (Rufus Sewell). A movie with intentional anachronisms; apparently, people used to dance to Bowie’s “Golden Years” in the Middle Ages. That silliness works to some … Continue reading A Knight’s Tale