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5 Major Plot Holes That Aren’t

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Hans GruberI love the Internet like a sibling – a sibling with very little social grace or common sense who is constantly embarrassing me at parties. I love the fact that it provides me with an outlet to gab on endlessly about things I like and vent about things I dislike. But with that territory comes a degree of frustration. In some cases, this is just minor irritation. In others, usually a result of a poorly-worded image search, it results in screaming horror that makes me want to stick my thumbs into my eyes. I’m going to focus on the former right now and save the eye-gouging for later.

Movies are one of those areas that I tend to read up about a lot and one of those areas where people tend to get me grinding my teeth. Almost all movies tend to have plot holes, but there are certain holes that people just won’t let go. They reach a viral level and become repeated by everybody who wants to take a shot at popular cinema. The most popular of these tend to irritate the Hell out of me because they aren’t actually plot holes. Continue reading


Batman Week: The Rogues Gallery

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

The real reason to read Batman comics.Let’s face it: nobody really gives a damn about Batman.

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Batman Week: Elemental Forces

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

Fire, a major theme in all three films.The Dark Knight Trilogy is a big, epic set of movies with big, epic themes. For all the talk about them being darker and more realistic than your average superhero film, they actually have the same scope as a lot of epic fantasy tales, with battles between pure good and fell evil and the fate of an entire city in the balance. With such big action and high stakes, the films have some large themes and symbols behind them. In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne crafts Batman as a symbol that is, “Something elemental, something terrifying.” Today we’re looking at some of that elemental imagery and how it runs throughout the films.

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Batman Week: The Importance of a Symbol

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , on July 23, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

These are some great movies. Not good. GREAT.I was going to post a long, rambling review of The Dark Knight Rises. However, after doing some thinking about not only that movie but the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman films together, I’ve decided that there is too much there to touch on in one post. So instead I’ll break my review down to three words:

It was awesome.

I will go further to say that The Dark Knight Trilogy is probably the best film trilogy I’ve seen. The movies themselves have their flaws, but they’re good enough overall to get people to overlook those flaws. And in terms of being consistently awesome, I don’t think there’s another film franchise that approaches it. The Star Wars Trilogy was excellent, but the first movie is, in my opinion, a weak link that doesn’t stand well alone. The Lord of the Rings movies are awesome throughout, but do drag near the end. The other most consistently good trilogy I can think of is Back to the Future, but even that has a dip in quality between the first and second movies. By comparison, these Batman movies are very consistent throughout, each tying into the previous film and building a final product that is a masterpiece of cinema.

With that in mind, I’m going to take this week to geek out about The Dark Knight Trilogy and its overall themes. And there is no better place to start than looking at the theme of symbolism.

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Crowning Moments of Awesome: The DCAU

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

The best comic book adaptation of all time!When it comes to comic adaptations, the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) is pretty much the cream of the crop. Running for over a decade, the shared universe included Batman: the Animated Series, Superman: the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and the various tie-in movies and comics that connected to them. While the animated series aren’t comics, I think they’re awesome enough to deserve a list of Crowning Moments of Awesome all their own.

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Crowning Deaths of Awesome and Sadness

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, Superman is on the list.Comic book deaths are a punchline these days. A few years ago when Captain America died, no one expected the death to last more than two years, even though Marvel swore up and down that it would stick (sort of like how Spider-Man unmasking during Civil War was supposed to stick and not get retconned away thanks to a deal with the Devil). Despite the fact that a comic book death currently translates into little more than a cheap sales gimmick, there have still been some really good ones over the years. Even if they didn’t stick, they were chilling, touching, or otherwise hugely influential. What follows is my totally biased opinion of the best deaths comics has had to offer.

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Equal Opportunity Suffering, part two

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Okay, so sometimes there is misogyny in comics.This rant is going to need some explanation, lest I look like a hypocrite.

Previously, I asserted that certain people are too sensitive to the treatment of women in comic books. I still believe that women or men receive more or less equal treatment in most comic books. I do acknowledge that there are exceptions among certain creators, though.

In browsing the Internet, I found a pretty well-written discussion about writer and artist John Byrne’s treatment of women in mainstream comics over the years. As Mr. Byrne is a very well-traveled individual in the industry, I’ve read quite a few issues of his work myself, and I can honestly say that the site linked above goes pretty easy on him. Byrne’s comics tend to be filled with women who are demeaned, battered, killed, and tortured. He seems to have a particular thing for pregnant women; they often get some of the worst treatment.

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