Monday July 23, 2018 12:01 AM However, 10 years ago, some critics couldn’t see its greatness. Written by Michael Cavna Roger Ebert got it right away."Batman isn't a comic book anymore," the legendary film critic wrote in the summer of 2008 upon the release of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight."Instead the reviewer saw "a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. This film, and to a lesser degree 'Iron Man,' redefine the possibilities of the 'comic-book movie.' "When "The Dark Knight" landed in theaters on July 18, 2008, the "comic-book movie" centering on superheroes had certainly experienced some creative peaks, including Richard Donner and Richard Lester's first two "Superman" movies beginning in the '70s, Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman," Bryan Singer's first "X-Men" in 2000 and the launch of Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" franchise.But in 2008, even after Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" birthed the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that … [Read more...] about The Dark Knight’ changed how we see comic-book movies
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Ten years after its release, there is somehow too much and not enough left to say about Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Its politics have been discussed ad infinitum. Its stylistic influence has become ubiquitous, then passé, then somehow aspirational; DC and Warner would kill to have a Batman like this again. Its impact on fan culture (the trolls, dear god, the trolls) is now more a problem for social scientists and psychologists than for film critics or entertainment journalists. It is the biggest hit of Nolan’s career and also the one he’s been trying to live down ever since. The film, in case you’re wondering, still holds up — especially at a time when superhero flicks, with a few exceptions, have turned assembly-line anonymity into both an aesthetic and a transactional promise. Seen through today’s glut of pro forma blockbusters, The Dark Knight seems like that rarest of movies — a mass-market product that also happens to be a … [Read more...] about Ten Years Later, “The Dark Knight” and Its Vision of Guilt Still Resonate
Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles 2’ Pixar The Incredibles is the greatest superhero film of all time.I realize that’s the Why-Didn’t-I-Blow-On-This-Soup-First-Dear-Lord-My-Mouth-Is-On-Fire of hot takes in a world where The Dark Knight, Logan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, the original Superman movies (just the first two), all sorts of Spider-Man flicks and Avengers: Infinity War exist. But it’s true.You see, we here at Observer were exhausted from trudging through endless debates about which superhero movie sits atop the colorfully caped throne. How can we compare a single entry in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to a standalone Batman movie? Do we judge the X-Men franchise as a whole or individually? Why can’t I introduce my argument without a narrative crutch like rhetorical questions? A consensus could never be reached.So to bring a little order to this lawless cinematic landscape, we came up with the … [Read more...] about Sorry ‘Dark Knight’, But ‘The Incredibles’ Is the Greatest Superhero Movie Ever
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018 A Tale of Two ScenesEver watched a film with a friend where you both have completely different reactions to the same exact moment? You disagree. You debate. You simply cannot believe the other person found X to be Y instead of Z!I think about these sorts of moments a lot, because I think that understanding our different reactions gets at the very heart of film criticism, which is really just about “film understanding.” Chiefly, there’s a set of questions I agonize over constantly: How can two people watch the same scene and one person love it and the other person hate it? How does this actually happen? Is it that one of them is right and the other wrong? Or is it purely a matter of what they each bring into the movie? Is there something within the scene that causes said divisiveness? If so, how much of it is the filmmaker’s fault? And what if said divisiveness was their exact … [Read more...] about The Two Crucial Filmmaking Elements Causing All Your Movie Feuds
There is perhaps no bigger comic book-inspired cinematic enigma than Sony's "Venom" movie, which will arrive in theaters this October.After a seemingly pointless teaser trailer release in February that had plenty of star Tom Hardy, but absolutely no Venom, the grumbling began as to whether Sony, which needed Marvel Studios to save Spider-Man on film, could be trusted to spin-off a new Marvel movie franchise by itself.That first teaser likely served as a gentle reminder to the comic book movie faithful that yes, this movie is actually being made. For the first full trailer, which debuted in late April, Sony was going to have to bring it with a Venom money shot.And it delivered.It took until the final moments of the trailer, but there was Hardy, rising from the ground, in black, symbiotic ooze with creepy all-white eyes, instantly going from prey to predator.There he is. Venom. One of Spider-Man's most popular villains, brought to life by the '90s comic book artwork of artists such as … [Read more...] about Now that we’ve seen Tom Hardy’s Venom, do we want to see the movie more or less?