I often believe that my best work is generally what comes about when something won’t leave my brain even when I don’t particularly want to write it. This is the case today. I have struggled over my feelings on 2011’s Green Lantern since I saw the movie. I am not going to state that Green Lantern is a bad movie. I actually know exactly why I had a negative response to the movie. The negative response is actually borne out of a faithful rendition of what the current problem. I will repeat this. The Green Lantern movie directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro) and starring Ryan Reynolds is an absolutely faithful (perhaps the most faithful) retelling of a current comic book to movie. This is perhaps the most faithful that I have seen in my life time.
Sometimes you wonder who actually thought a certain movie would make any money at all, much less profit on the however many thousands of dollars went into the production budget. There are a lot of crappy movies made. Other times you are excited for a film or there’s a lot of hype surrounding it, but upon release it disappoints. These are box office flops. Sometimes films can still turn things around when they are released to home video, but that’s the exception not the rule. Looking at how little money some movies made can be both funny and sad, so let’s start! Disclaimer: All facts and figures are taken from BoxOfficeMojo.com. Continue Reading
I noticed something odd about this summer’s blockbuster releases. It’s not a new trend that arrived from nowhere, nor is it so bad it’s destroying the fabric of our society, but this summer, for the first time, I seemed to notice the blockbusters were all about the guys. In a summer filled to the brim with novel and superhero adaptations, the story-required female supporting characters played less and less of a role to the point of being near pointless.
Whether there’s anything to take from this trend in movie posters is to be debated, so I thought I would look back at this summer’s major releases and see if it’s my mind playing tricks on me. For me, I’ve always enjoyed the battle sequence more then the romantic subplot, so perhaps my reflections are exaggerated. In this two-part analysis, we’ll start with those films all-but-devoid of female importance.