REVIEW: “Thor” (***)

Posted by · 10:49 am · April 30th, 2011

As superheroes go—and go they do, with alarming frequency, at the cape-wearers’ convention that the multiplex has become in recent years—Thor, or at least the Marvel-authored Artist Formerly Known As Norse God Thor, is more super than most. Where most beloved superheroes are humans (at least ostensibly so) who grow into their superhuman powers as […]

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LA Times on DC vs. Marvel

Posted by · 4:39 pm · July 21st, 2010

Full disclosure: I don’t do comics. It’s not a matter of snobbery or dislike — I quite admire the medium, in fact — but I wasn’t brought up on them and can’t fabricate the kind of lifelong enthusiasm they inspire in others. The pile of unread novels on my bedside table is high enough without […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Kick-Ass” (**)

Posted by · 4:50 am · April 6th, 2010

“With no power comes no responsibility,” smirks high school student Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass) over halfway through British director Matthew Vaughn’s slick, smug bubblegum-burst of a superhero movie. “Except that’s totally not true.” This essentially meaningless inversion of Lizewski’s Marvel stablemate Peter Parker’s motto – one wonders which half of the original aphorism is “totally […]

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9/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:15 am · September 15th, 2009

• James Rocchi sits down with Jason Reitman to talk “Up in the Air.” [AMC TV] • Jeffrey Wells bangs the Best Picture drum for Rodrigo Garcia’s as-of-yet un-acquired “Mother and Child.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Michael Douglas talks “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” [Empire]

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How would Marvel reimagine Disney heroines?

Posted by · 8:35 am · September 1st, 2009

Here’s Pocahontas, “The Lion King”‘s Nala and “Aladdin”‘s Jasmine.  Check out Jeffrey Thomas’s blog for more:

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