Batman Gets Hitched

Remember when I made that whole post about the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle? And I unpacked the brilliant ballroom scene from Batman Returns, but used it as a way to illustrate their perfect-but-imperfect love and how it played a formative role in my development as a young gay male? I even said…

The Blissful Melancholy of BoJack Horseman

On paper, BoJack Horseman seems somewhat derivative. A Hollywood satire about a faded sitcom star hoping to reclaim former glories? That’s HBO’s The Comeback. An alcoholic haunted by his past and locked in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour that impacts his loved ones and coworkers? That’s AMC’s Mad Men. A mature animated series featuring an…

The Ballad of Bruce and Selina

Batman Returns¬†has always been a pretty singular film for me. Even after a film studies degree, a few years kicking around the industry, and a mental back catalogue of countless art films, I still hold it in incredibly high regard. It could be that I saw it as a kid, squished into a packed theatre…

Justice League Tanks, Search Party Returns!

Please watch Search Party. It is an excellent show. Just like the stuff of dreams, and I wish I had created it. Hilarious, and dark, and genuinely thrilling. The writers (Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter)¬†and performers (Alia Shawat, John Early, Meredith Hagner, and John Reynolds) execute a real juggling act in the first season,…

A League of Their Own

The Justice League comes out this weekend. And the reviews are terrible. Woo hoo? Watching Batman, Superman, Flash and Wonder Woman fight together on the big screen should be the fulfillment of a billion childhood fantasies. It is basically the filmic equivalent of dumping all of your action figures on the floor and smashing them…

Across the Cinematic Universe

The hot news out of Tinseltown today is that the architects of Universal’s Dark Universe have jumped ship. This is not incredibly surprising given the deluge of bad reviews, middling box office receipts of The Mummy, or the fact that discussions of the overall universe direction were vague at best. But, I mean, why would…