As we come to the end of 2017, it’s time to take stock of the year. That may sound like an unappealing task, and frankly, if you choose to look forward instead of back, I understand. Although, it is hard to determine progress if you don’t occasionally take a look back at where you started.
With that in mind, I’m reflecting on some of this year’s cultural highlights. It’s been said that the arts are a reflection of the times, and this past year certainly makes a case for that sentiment. From the small screen to the big one, and even the stage, the creative world was full of the new and inspired.
Yesterday, the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced, and while there were the usual discussions of surprises and snubs, one particular oversight stung a little bit more than usual.
That’s of course because this isn’t just the kickoff of the forthcoming awards season, it’s also the first round of Hollywood nominations since the ongoing chorus of #metoo began…a fact that made the category of “Best Director of a Motion Picture” a little difficult to stomach.
But I mean, who was going to tell Stephen Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, or Martin McDonagh that they’d been overlooked for a woman who wrote and directed the most critically acclaimed film of the year? I mean what did you expect? Read the rest of this entry
It’s no secret that of late DC Comics has struggled to put forth the kind of cinematic success that its counterpart, Marvel practically has down to a science.
Following the particularly sour taste of “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” the DC Universe is a little on edge, even after the incredible triumph of “Wonder Woman” this summer.
Unfortunately, right from the get-go, one thing is painfully clear about this superhero collaboration — “Wonder Woman” had not been released when they began filming “Justice League.”
It’s not a question of character continuity or story, so much as a clear lack of any recognition of the lessons learned from Diana’s independent success. While it’s also clear that they did attempt to do what they could to apply the lessons of “Wonder Woman,” their fate was in many ways already sealed. Read the rest of this entry
This Friday a new band of heroes (with a few familiar faces) will hit the big screen as “Justice League” debuts. While fans prepare themselves for the return of Wonder Woman (and Batman and Superman…but mostly Wonder Woman) this Amazonian champion is proving both on and off screen that it really is true — not all heroes wear capes.
Today, crusaders, another Summer of Blockbusters comes to an end. But as with most endings, it merely means the beginning of a new chapter. In this case, it’s the start of the fall and holiday movie season, which gives us plenty to look forward to.
Still, before we say goodbye, let’s take a look back at the best, worst, and most surprising films of the summer. Read the rest of this entry