Ranking the Theatrical Batman Movies

Not long ago, I participated in a little online vote on a blog that I follow, ScreenAge Wasteland.  The idea was to rank the eleven theatrical Batman “solo” movies, and make a short comment to justify our rankings.  Then, points were assigned and collated, and a definitive list was created.

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(The Disastra that is) Ad Astra

Ad Astra is the latest “thoughtful science fiction” film to hit the cinemas, in the same sort of general vein as The Martian or Interstellar or Arrival, which attempts to use science fiction ideas to tell intelligent stories that explore what it is to be human and–while not necessarily avoiding them outright–are not reliant upon classic action sequences to create interest.

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Amazing Grace (2018) – Aretha Franklin

Sometimes, it all just comes together.

I’m sure that’s not how anybody felt as they were making this movie. The road to it getting to the cinema was a long and hard one, but it’s sure to please those who are interested.  Whether you are one of those people depends almost entirely upon your enjoyment of Aretha Franklin herself, or of gospel music.

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Presenting: Unattended (Short Film…short, short film)

So recently my media-related ministry had a team retreat, and during that time we had a short film exercise to work on.  There were very few boundaries except in terms of time, (we ended up having about 1 1/4 hours to film, and the movie had to focus around a conflict between two characters.

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A Short Movie: Lost in Spaces

A few months ago, the missions community that I work at was going on a staff retreat.  One of the highlights of that semi-regular occasion is a “No Talent Night”.  My friend Rod approached me with the idea of producing a short film for that evening.  Ideas were bandied about and plans drawn up, and in the end, the movie you see at the bottom of the article was the result…more or less.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Recently, I actually went to the movies twice in the same day, to see different movies.  The first and better of these movies was Toy Story 4.  The second and worst was Godzilla:  King of the Monsters, directed by Michael Dougherty…but even though it was worse, it’s the one that’s more on my mind.

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Spoilers ahead.

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Yesterday (All my troubles seemed so…well, you know)

Yesterday is an interesting little romantic fantasy written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle, about a struggling musician Jack Malik (Himish Patel) suddenly becoming the only person on earth to remember the Beatles and their music.  This shift in the status quo is courtesy of some barely explained blah-di-blah-blah-fantasy-blackout-head-injury-thing, but it scarcely matters. The emphasis isn’t on the mechanics of it, but how Jack responds, and what it does to him and his relationships.

Mild spoilers ahead.

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Cafe Funiculi Funicula

For the third time, I have found myself drawn to a Japanese time travel movie while on the plane.  First, it was Summer Time Machine Blues, way back in 2006.  Then it was Orange, in 2016.  Now, it’s Cafe Funiculi Funicula, a melodramatic, sentimental supernatural drama about time traveling coffee.  It’s not my favorite movie, but it was emotional and interesting, and I think it’s sealed the deal for me on Japanese time travel movies–I’m going to be checking for them on every plane ride I take from now on.

Some spoilers here.

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(Alternate) Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Round Final!

So as explained some time ago, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our five judges have voted on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we eventually reach our overall Champion!

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