THE MASK: Hold On To Your Lugnuts

The Mask (1994) – Directed by Chuck Russell – Starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, and Ben Stein. I have a hard time judging comedies, and I don’t think I’m alone on this. Whenever you see those “Top 100 Movies of All-Time” lists, the few comedies that are…

SUPERMAN III: We’re Through, Frogface

Superman III (1983) – Directed by Richard Lester – Starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, and Margot Kidder. A lot of heat has fallen on Richard Pryor’s shoulders over the years for why SUPERMAN III is such a steaming pile of crap, and that’s…

THE ROCKETEER: When They Begin the Beguine

The Rocketeer (1991) – Directed by Joe Johnston – Starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O’Quinn, Joe Polito, Tiny Ron Taylor, Ed Lauter, Clint Howard, Margo Martindale, Eddie Jones, and William Sanderson. Oh, the tricks time can play on one’s mind, at times. When I pulled the DVD sleeve…

WONDER WOMAN: You Should Have Saved the World and Not Me

Wonder Woman (2009) – Directed by Lauren Montgomery – Starring Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Marg Helgenberger, Oliver Platt, and Virginia Madsen. WONDER WOMAN sits solidly in the Man Whore Meets Virgin, Man Whore Disgusts Virgin, Man Whore Conquers Virgin mode of storytelling. I understand the point of stories like this, of…

SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT: There He Goes, Kid. Up, Up, and Away.

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006 special edition of the 1980 theatrical cut) – Directed by Richard Donner (and Richard Lester, uncredited) – Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglass, Jack O’Halloran, Ned Beatty, Mark McClure, Valerie Perrine, Clifton James, E.G. Marshall, and John Ratzenberger. It takes about…

SUPERMAN II: First You Must Find Him, and Lex Baby is the Only One Who Knows Where He Is

Superman II (1980) – Directed by Richard Lester (and Richard Donner; uncredited) – Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglass, Jack O’Halloran, Ned Beatty, Mark McClure, Valerie Perrine, Clifton James, E.G. Marshall, and John Ratzenberger. SUPERMAN II is an insanely frustrating movie that is, in large parts, quite brilliant,…

SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE: Has It Now Become a Crime to Cherish Life?

Superman: The Movie (1978) – Directed by Richard Donner – Starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Terence Stamp, Jack O’Halloran, Sarah Douglas, Phyllis Thaxter, Valerie Perrine, Jeff East, Mark McClure, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, and Larry Hagman. Richard Donner’s outstanding SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE is…

MAN-THING: Let Him Dig. It’s His Own Grave He’s Digging.

Man-Thing (2005) – Directed by Brett Leonard – Starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor, Jack Thompson, Rawiri Paratene, Alex O’Loughlin, Steve Bastoni, and Conan Stevens. Yup, this movie exists. What’s really surprising about MAN-THING, however, isn’t that it exists, but that’s there’s decent talent involved. The director, Brett Leonard, is also the guy who directed…

THE DARK KNIGHT: Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

The Dark Knight (2008) – Directed by Christopher Nolan – Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Michael Jai White, Tiny Lister, Chin Han, Nestor Carbonell, William Fichtner, and Cillian Murphy. THE DARK KNIGHT is a big, complicated, extremely well made, grown up movie. This…

BATMAN BEGINS: All Creatures Feel Fear

Batman Begins (2005) – Directed by Christopher Nolan – Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior, Linus Roache, and Rade Serbedzija. There is this thing that happens with superhero movies where the second films in trilogies tend to…

THE SHADOW: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

The Shadow (1994) – Directed by Russell Mulcahy – Starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Jonathan Winters, and Frank Welker. The Shadows knows the evil that lurks in the heart of men! But he didn’t know he was in such a crappy movie, apparently. I just do…