Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 3

Read Part 2 here. The culmination of Scott Snyder's decade-long macro-narrative is centered on the power of absolute truth in a post-truth society. He explores this grand message not through Batman but with none other than the avatar of truth — Wonder Woman. The aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal saw Snyder transition into the monthly … Continue reading Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 3

Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Geoff Johns. Has any other name in geekdom fallen so far? Well, yeah, Joss Whedon for one. And ironically it's Whedon's fault that Johns's reputation has taken a hit. The DC Comics wunderkind has gradually transitioned into film in the last decade, starting with 2011’s Green Lantern. He was an executive … Continue reading Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 2

Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 1

In the days leading up to the 2016 United States Presidential Election, author Joyce Carol Oates had this to say: https://twitter.com/JoyceCarolOates/status/793816434073739264?s=20 People tend to trot this sentiment out during times of cultural and historical strife as a kind of salve. Look on the bright side, they say — punk music sprung out of Thatcher's England! … Continue reading Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal — Rejecting Trump, Embracing Truth, Part 1

Warlock (1989), David Twohy and the “Gay Ear”

Julian Sands's titular character kills many people over the course of 1989's Warlock, but the first person he kills in the movie is a gay man. This may seem like a minor detail, but a closer reading reveals screenwriter David Twohy and director Steve Miner are playing into 1980s clichés about queerness, gender roles and … Continue reading Warlock (1989), David Twohy and the “Gay Ear”

Teeth (2008) — Consent and Bodily Autonomy

A version of this blog post was originally published on March 22, 2017 for Birth.Movies.Death. This revised version has been reprinted here with permission. At this very moment Matt Gaetz, a Florida Congressman, is being investigated for having sex with a 17-year-old girl and possible sex trafficking. He bragged to his colleagues about women he'd … Continue reading Teeth (2008) — Consent and Bodily Autonomy

Sex and Androgyny in ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Dark Shadows’

A version of this blog post was originally published in Birth.Movies.Death's print magazine in September 2016. This revised version has been reprinted here with permission. Of the 19 theatrical movies Tim Burton has directed, to date, there is little in the way of onscreen sex. There’s gentle kisses, mournful yearning, androgyny and asexuality. His movies … Continue reading Sex and Androgyny in ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Dark Shadows’

Alternate Reality Reviews: Superman Lives (1998)

With Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League trilogy capper, Final Crisis, being anticipated with bated breath by both fans and casual moviegoers alike, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back at the black sheep of Warner Bros.’ DC movies: 1998’s Superman Lives. The movie was dismissed at the time as the bloated, confused product … Continue reading Alternate Reality Reviews: Superman Lives (1998)

Waxwork and Hellraiser III — The Silly Sadism of Anthony Hickox

Anthony Hickox is a writer/director who has had varying degrees of theatrical success over the years — punctuated by the occasional direct-to-video Dolph Lundgren release. His most high-profile work and biggest claim to fame is Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992). That movie, and the entire franchise, is (in)famous for many things, but most especially … Continue reading Waxwork and Hellraiser III — The Silly Sadism of Anthony Hickox

Can Men and Women Be Friends? Only Christopher Nolan Knows!

No, no, no, no, I never said that.... Yes, that's right, they can't be friends. Unless both of them are involved with other people then they can. This is an amendment to the earlier rule, if the two people are in relationships, the pressure of possibility of involvement is lifted.... That doesn't work either because … Continue reading Can Men and Women Be Friends? Only Christopher Nolan Knows!

“Search Your Memories”: Droids and Identity in The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

What is the significance of the subplot in Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) that sees C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), the obnoxious yet lovable protocol and etiquette droid, get his memory erased in order to translate the writing on a Sith dagger? The obvious answer is the heroes need to struggle to achieve … Continue reading “Search Your Memories”: Droids and Identity in The Rise of Skywalker (2019)