The Dark Knight Rises

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
There are moments when the stars and planets are in near-perfect alignment as a comet crosses the night sky and the movie gods cast their smiles on the screen, and a film dares to come close to living up to the undeniable hype that has been heaped upon its frames. It would appear that Christopher Nolan has produced just such an occurrence with the finale to his Batman trilogy.  

POW! 'Superhero' Saves Us From an Ordinary Summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
You Are My Superhero, opening Sunday at Dayton Art Institute (DAI), is here to rescue art lovers from the summer blahs. The difference starts at the door, where there‚Äôs $2 off for wearing a superhero costume.  

The Green Hornet (Review)

Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen team up for breezy romp

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Channeling the post-slacker comic stylings of Seth Rogen into a heroic fantasy would seem far-fetched even in an alternative reality, and Michel Gondry’s precious indie vision clashes wildly with the CGI-dominated frames of most of the current crop of comic book and graphic novel translations. But it is in these contradictions that 'The Green Hornet' finds its groove. Grade: B.  

Back to the Beginning

Reinventing the creation myth behind franchise films

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We’ve gotten so jaded about the hackneyed, hyperactive “franchise films” that Hollywood floods us with each summer — X-Men Origins: Wolverine, anyone? — that we fail to recognize when the movie business comes up with a good new idea.   

Batman vs. Mad Men

Dissecting the big fictional dramas of the moment

0 Comments · Sunday, August 17, 2008
I can mark my life as a Baby Boomer -- and maybe, too, our changing society -- by the ongoing waves of cultural impact Batman has had. As Boomers have grown into adults, Batman has stayed with us as a