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Jon Favreau doesn’t know what the story will be but he likes the idea of the Mandarin as “Iron Man 3″ villain.
Meet Tony Stark — Capitalist Tool. I liked “Iron Man,” and liked it even more the second time I saw it, but it didn’t overwhelm me. And I felt it was a little wishy-washy on questions of capitalism and patriotism.
Not so with “Iron Man 2,” in which Tony Stark is a Randian hero who [...]
Now that I’ve seen it, I’m starting the backlash to the “Iron Man 2″ backlash right now. “It’s called being a badass,” as Tony Stark’s best bud (now Don Cheadle, thanks very much) puts it. Yes, sir. “Iron Man 2″ is my new favorite movie of the year and one of my top five superhero [...]
Ignore the body of my esteemed colleague Reed Tucker’s blog post about how he didn’t see any post-credits Marvel-centric gag in “Iron Man 2,” which he got to see early. At the end he reverses himself and gives a hint of what happens after the credits roll.
Matthew Vaughn’s big-screen adaptation of the comic book “Kick-Ass” turns out to be a thumpingly good deconstruction of the superhero genre. My three and a half star review is up.
I’m not sure David S. Goyer is the right guy to hand the reins of the Superman franchise to. Sure, he cowrote one of my favorite films of the decade, “Batman Begins.” But…the guy has done some mediocre work. “The Invisible”? The script to “Jumper”? Warners would be better off sticking with Bryan Singer, not [...]
A massive $4 billion deal brings Marvel into the Disney fold. That could be not-so-hot news for Marvel fans, though; Disney’s live-action unit has, for several years, struck me as by far the worst of the six major studios. (Its animation unit would be, if it were its own studio, by far the best, and [...]
I don’t believe it when someone says 25 percent of the audience ankled a screening of “Watchmen,” as this dubious report claims. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people leave a screening.
I am, however, willing to believe that lots of people think the film is so complicated that it requires them to [...]
Is “Watchmen” conservative? Not really. Author Alan Moore is an anarchist who frequently excoriates conservatives in interviews. And the movie doesn’t stake out a clearly defined political position. But if the news media were as harsh on both sides of the political aisle as “Watchmen” is, Republicans would never lose an election. More in my [...]
In my Sunday column I’ll have more to say about the politics of “Watchmen” and why conservatives can find much to delight us there (despite author Alan Moore’s anarchism. He has in public disdained both sides but especially the right; I think “Watchmen,” unlike “V for Vendetta,” is harsher on the left). In the meantime, [...]« Previous Entries