The Tangled Web of Spider-Man, Part VII: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

In 2001, J. Michael Straczynski started a run on The Amazing Spider-Man that would last for seven years and become one of the more definitive takes on the character. Immediately, he introduced a new ripple in Spider-Man's origin: Peter Parker was the avatar of a "Spider Totem" and was always destined to be bitten and … Continue reading The Tangled Web of Spider-Man, Part VII: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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“Better than Black”: How the X-Men Can Work in the MCU

For 19 years the X-Men franchise has been maintained by Fox, but that will change in the near future. X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants will be released this year and next (well, maybe with the latter), the last X-Men movies made by Fox after Disney purchased the rival multimedia corporation. The purchase started … Continue reading “Better than Black”: How the X-Men Can Work in the MCU

The Confused Politics of Constantine (2005)

Everyone knows that Constantine (2005) has a major difference from the source material, and that's Keanu Reeves's John Constantine is American and living in Los Angeles instead of English and living in London. But that difference creates a ripple effect, as screenwriters Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello and director Francis Lawrence considered what it would … Continue reading The Confused Politics of Constantine (2005)

Does John McClane have a Character Arc in Die Hard with a Vengeance?

John McClane in the first Die Hard (1988) is a very well-realized character. Within the first 10 minutes of the movie we know some very vital things about him. He's afraid of flying and of heights. He's a New York cop whose marriage is on the rocks because his wife took a job in Los … Continue reading Does John McClane have a Character Arc in Die Hard with a Vengeance?

Marvel Rewatch: Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther was a character who, for about 40 years, most writers didn't really know how to handle. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby and introduced in Fantastic Four #42 (July 1966), for decades there was a definite sense of, "My God, a smart, rich, technologically-advanced African!?" Black Panther was always tinged … Continue reading Marvel Rewatch: Black Panther (2018)

The Color Purple (1985) and the Language of Cinema

The Color Purple (1985) is a beautiful movie. The color palette and the imagery, the way director Steven Spielberg composes a scene, is breathtaking. I think people remember it as this quiet little drama but forget the grand scope Spielberg adds with the glimpses at Celie's children growing up in Africa: Even the quiet moments, however, are pure … Continue reading The Color Purple (1985) and the Language of Cinema