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Bruce Wayne, disco party animal

Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie may be a genuinely funny absurdist comedy, an inventive visual delight with spot-on voice acting, a postmodern, good-natured spoof of superhero blockbusters as well as, at the same time, an action-packed mega-crossover adventure yarn … Continue reading

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Between Gotham City and Casablanca

I’m pretty sure I’m not breaking any new ground by stating that Casablanca is one of the most enjoyable films ever made. This 1942 classic about heartbreak and antifascism in a French colony bursting with contraband and political intrigue manages … Continue reading

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AzBats’ X-mas spirit

During this time of year, I usually address the holiday spirit of Gotham and its citizens. This season, I was going to play with AzBats’ sunny disposition by cracking jokes about how all his favorite Christmas movies are probably rather … Continue reading

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Futuristic war comics

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivers a pretty solid aliens-on-a-mission yarn, its unpretentious blend of dirty action and brazen fan service is bound to split the critical opinion. So far, the film has at least stirred up some … Continue reading

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Elseworlds’ gothic homages

When coming up with alternative takes on Batman – usually as part of DC’s Elseworlds line – many authors have looked for inspiration in classic works of gothic literature and film. The reason this tends to work so well, I … Continue reading

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5 R-rated superhero comics

So yeah, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is something puzzling in almost every scene of this film. Why did Bruce’s employees wait for his phone call before evacuating a building that was obviously about to be crushed? Why … Continue reading

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Batman & Superman covers

The thing about this boom of live-action superheroes is that, for better or worse, it is actually mimicking the source material to amazing degrees. You have the convoluted continuity involving multiple tie-ins and spin-offs. You have the non-stop reboots. You … Continue reading

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On Westerns – part 2

If you read the last post, you know what’s going on. Here are a few more reasons why I enjoy western movies:           Besides the gritty mood and aesthetics, I like the fact that westerns usually have something to say … Continue reading

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On Westerns – part 1

When I wrote about Quentin Tarantino films last month, I promised to follow up with comic suggestions for fans of The Hateful Eight. I’ll include a couple of recommendations in my next post, but before that let me share a … Continue reading

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Comics for Tarantino fans – part 2

If you read the last post, you know what’s going on. Here are more comic suggestions for fans of Quentin Tarantino’s films:         After the subdued crime drama Jackie Brown, Tarantino abandoned all pretenses of realism and embarked on … Continue reading

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