Movies

Posts regarding films based on comic book franchises.

Podicus Wrecks #59 – The Death of Superman

With the 25th anniversary of “The Death of Superman” story line approaching, we thought we would share our thoughts on that event. Find out what happens when a character created solely to kill Superman fights Superman. Does a JLA that includes Bloodwynd and Guy Gardner stand a chance against Doomsday? Who is Lex Luthor Jr. and why does he have red hair? Is there a correct way to kill characters? How should big story points be marketed? What in the world is going on with the DC movies? Those questions and more are answered within this episode.

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Netflix’s Death Note review

Death Note posterI cannot say that I have a vast knowledge of Death Note.  I have never read the manga.  I watched half of the anime.  I have seen all 3 of the Japanese movies.  So, I do not claim to be an expert or even a big fan.  I enjoyed what I have watched, but had not gone out to find more to engulf myself with.  Add all of this with the fact that I am generally open to new adaptations, and I entered watching the new Netflix Death Note movie with what I would call cautious optimism.  And I did try to keep that open mind for as long as I could.  Unfortunately, it was not that long at all.

If you are thinking about making an adaptation, where you are changing the setting and tone, then do yourself a favor and change the characters as well.  With this adaptation, the setting has been changed to Seattle.  I do not quite know how to describe the change in tone.  In what I have seen, it was always a serious, almost somber tone.  This movie almost felt like they were going for camp, even gore early on.  That may have worked, if they had used different characters.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Baby Driver review

Baby_Driver_posterBaby Driver is the latest movie by Edgar Wright.  You may, or really should, know him from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  The fact that this was an Edgar Wright film is what convinced me to see it.  Yes, the previews looked somewhat interesting and fun, but not so much so that I felt compelled to see this movie.  But with Wright’s name attached to it, knowing what he was capable of, I decided to give it a chance.

And frankly, the movie is fantastic.  The car chases are fun and exciting.  The individual characters all stand out.  The writing is clever and engaging.  All of this is done well enough that the cliche, and somewhat predictable story is not really noticed.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

The Dark Tower review

The Dark Tower posterThinking about this movie frustrates me.  There is no sense in tip-toeing around that fact.  Leaving the theater, I was very frustrated with the movie.  I was not frustrated by the movie not being a straight adaptation of The Gunslinger, although that will come up later on.  I was not frustrated by any of the casting, as this is a fairly well acted movie.  What frustrated me was the fact that the movie got so many of the small details correct, that it felt they lost sight of the larger picture.  I am frustrated because it seems like this is a movie made for no one.

Since watching the movie, I kept asking myself, “would I have enjoyed this movie more if I had never read The Dark Tower series?”  At first I thought, possibly, but I am not certain of that now.  Sure, had I never read the books, I would not have entered the theater with any expectations of what the story could have been.  However, I also think I may have been lost for much of the movie if I did not have any prior knowledge about who was appearing on screen and what they were doing.  (Spoilers ahead.)  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #48 – On the Path of the Beam part 6 – Song of Susannah

In this week’s episode, Anthony and J. R. are discussing part 6 of The Dark Tower series, Song of Susannah. Find out what happens to Roland’s ka-tet after the battle in Calla Bryn Sturgis. Later on, Casey stops by to do a quick recap of the season 7 premiere episode of Game of Thrones, “Dragonstone,” and he also gives some thoughts on Spider-man: Homecoming.