Tag Archives: superman

Is Superman II as Good as It Gets for Superman Films?

I saw the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend, and I couldn’t help asking: Is this what they think we want in a Superman film? It looks dark, depressing, and charmless – the exact opposite of … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

10 Actors Who Owe Their Careers to Someone Else’s Misfortune

A lot of movie casting decisions have compelling stories attached to them. Sometimes actors get a job at someone else’s expense. I’ve discovered 10 examples of actors who owe a lot of their professional success to someone else’s misfortune. Some … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

10 Good Sequels That Sowed the Seeds of Their Series’ Destruction

It’s really hard to make a good sequel to a hit movie. The filmmakers have to please fans of the first film while also adding something new to the mix to make the sequel stand on its own. But something … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Marvel’s Unique Approach to Secret Identities

Marvel superheroes don’t have secret identities in the same way that we usually associate secret identities with superheroes. The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy all have completely public identities. Everyone knows who they … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

10 Amazing ’80s Directors Who Lost Their Mojo in the ’90s

It’s not always easy for directors to make the transition from one decade to the next. For every Steven Spielberg there are several Francis Ford Coppolas. Filmgoers’ expectations change, technology improves, and the industry moves in a new direction. If … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

9 Iconic Performances That Weren’t Even Nominated But Should Have Won Oscars

The Academy Awards seem so arbitrary to me. Sometimes they completely forget to acknowledge performances that turn out to be iconic genre changers in retrospect. Here are nine particularly egregious examples of actors who should have not only been nominated … Continue reading

Posted in Random Stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

The Remarkable Symmetry of the Original Superman: The Movie

This is my third cinematic chiasmus. The first time, I noticed 17 parallel scenes in the first and second halves of 1987’s RoboCop. The second time, I pointed out 26 parallel scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. This time, I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Cinematic Chiasmus | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments