Batman meets the world of H.P. Lovecraft in this adaptation of the Mike Mignola penned and illustrated "Elseworlds" limited comic series. Developed under the same style guide as all the other DC Animated movies released over the last ten years or so, THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM loses a fair bit in its translation; namely Mignola's unmistakable art style and more nuanced character and dialogue-work, but as far as adaptations go it does gain something of pacing and some…
The Woman King 2022
In the tradition of historical-fantasies such as GLADIATOR, BRAVEHEART and any Robin Hood film, THE WOMAN KING does a serviceable job of allowing diverse stories to finally stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Eurocentric, feel-good, bullshit history films of Hollywood's past.
THE WOMAN KING is, of course, not history. In fact one could argue its anti-history given its a movie about one of the most slavery-committed African civilizations in recorded history supposedly deciding to fight the trade. The Dahomey Kingdom, today known…
Back to the Future 1985
Perfection is a term that you have to be careful with before you dare to throw it around. It implies a kind of unique, finely-tuned, high-water mark that could almost not be exceeded without significantly altering the thing that is perfect to begin with. Perfection is also timeless, something that doesn't date unless it actually gets better with age. Perfection is hard to come by...but perfection is the seminal 1980's growing-up/time-travel/sci-fi/comedy extravaganza: BACK TO THE FUTURE. Like lightning that is…
Astonishingly fresh, deft, weird and left-of-center, RANGO is a self-stylized 21st Century Western set in the world of desert-dwelling animals who think they're living in the world of Sergio Leone. Elegant motion-captured performances, bold and bizarre visual elements, stylish and tongue-firmly-stuck-in-bone-dry-cheek, RANGO is a film that isn't so much for modern animation fans as it's for fans who are sick of modern animation and its lowest-common-denominator-catering blandness.
Whimsical and witty with strong direction by Gore Verbinski (who seems to have…