Guillermo Del Toro is an amazing writer and director. I am hard pressed to think of one of his movies that I didn’t enjoy. Of course, some are stronger than others and, in my opinion, Pan’s Labyrinth is his masterpiece. I remember when I first saw it in the theater, walking out and knowing that I had seen what a movie should be.
In the days of the video store, a ton of weird movies would end up on the shelves. Some were better than others, and some were just unwatchable. They would lure you in with cover art, but you’d soon discover that the content within was worlds away from what you were promised. There was no way to check out a trailer or google search reviews on your phone, you just had to take a gamble. Or maybe ask one of the workers or patrons if they knew anything about the movie.
Crafting a sequel to any successful film is a daunting task. Fan expectations can be high, bizarre and even unreasonable. This is a weight that a creator must ignore to a certain extent in order to produce something of value. Perhaps the key to a good sequel is taking the established world and then throwing something unexpected at it. Think The Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight. Both take their prequels and throw a few more wrenches into the works. Respect is maintained for the previous work but the audience is provided with a more complex narrative created by both films, or as many as the line maintains. In the best case scenario, you end up with work that shatters the perception of the original and improves on it. Creating a sequel to a great film, which doesn’t necessarily have room for improvement, must be even harder.
So I knew that this was going to be a hard one. I mean, it’s the day after Halloween, so there’s a bit of pressure on me. Do I go with a classic? Something a bit more contemporary? Well, I finally decided on Pumpkinhead!
While ECW was perhaps under appreciated in its day, that cannot be said in the modern era. The relatively small organization is now a heavily promoted part of the WWE library and its influence on the professional wrestling industry is constantly acknowledged. ECW has gone from the fringe to the standard and its influence is no longer the cutting edge. So, the question becomes, where was the new frontier founded? Read More
For a while now, I’ve wanted to give Rick and Morty some time on Dissecting Fiction. Like many, I fell in love with this show and see no signs of getting tired of it anytime soon. That said, I find that, Adult Swim shows are hit or miss.
In Man of Steel, we were presented with a vision of Superman distanced from previous film incarnations. Superman: The Movie, and most of its sequels, present Superman as a pillar of virtue. A god whose only weakness comes in the form of Lois Lane. Aside from the questionable lengths which Superman will go to in order to either please or save Lois, it is those around Superman who are evolving while he remains the same. This functions just fine, but Snyder and company chose a different direction for Superman, one that has, and presumably will, have ripple effects through the coming DC Films.Read More