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The Hobbit

So I’ve just returned from The Hobbit. I feel a lot like I did when I saw Dark Knight Rises. I like this movie. If you’re one of the six people who value my opinion on movies, I think you will like it too. But this movie’s kind of a mess. I can really see […]

Absolution In Progress

Absolution Noticed right away, enemies respawn when you use a checkpoint? Why the hell do I bother doing all that work? Knock people out, then save, that’s how it works. Dick move Square Enix, dick move. Why do I have to hold buttons down? I used to be able to pick things up and drag […]

Hitman Retrospective

So I’m currently behind enemy lines with relatives far away from my 360 where I will be playing Absolution when I return home. However, this holiday has given me ample opportunity to replay Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Hitman 3: Contracts. With some shame, I admit that I still do play Blood Money on my […]

Dishonored, Continued.

Okay I’m finally back to playing Dishonored. I think I figured out why it’s just okay. Three reasons. 1) The game makes it very difficult to fix your mistakes organically and 2) you’re being evaluated on a mission by mission basis but 3) the consequences of your scavenger hunting ability impact your later missions. The […]

Game of Thrones Musings

I think my most anticipated scene of this upcoming season is the first small council meeting with Tywin and Joffrey. It was one of the best scenes in the book, Tywin realizing his daughter had completely fucked up his legacy but truly coming into his own as the de facto ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. […]

Dishonored and Video Games

So I spent today playing Dishonored. All the reviews hit my must buy points and my experience has been largely positive. But it got me thinking about other games like it and how I evaluate games in general. For reasons that would be very interesting to the psychiatric profession, I play games for a sense […]

Paranormal Activity 4

Just got back from Paranormal Activity 4. I liked it. I think it was definitely better than the last one but in a fundamentally different way. I found PA3 to be very heavy on the cheap scares. People jump out, things are loud, and the entire ending is basically one big shake the camera and […]

The Angels Take Manhattan

So we come to our 3rd Weeping Angels story. I’m not alone when I say Blink is possibly my favorite episode of Doctor Who ever. It’s scary, it’s funny, and it’s also very accessible for someone who’s never seen the show. The next two-parter was also very good. The comparison I heard was that it […]

Asylum of the Daleks

So Doctor Who is back and I thought it was…okay. Ambitious but mediocre. Don’t get me wrong it looked expensive and fantastic. I think my lack of enthusiasm has more to do with my own narrow minded opinion of what makes good Who. To start with, I’m just not impressed with the Daleks. I think […]

Here are some quotes from David Cronenberg’s recent interview with Next Movie.

Would He Do A Superhero Movie?

“I don’t think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don’t think it’s elevated. Christopher Nolan’s best movie is “Memento,” and that is an interesting movie.”

I would say that’s a no (I wouldn’t do a superhero movie, Responding to question if Cronenberg would do a superhero movie) you know. And the problem is you gotta… as I say, you can do some interesting, maybe unexpected things. And certainly, I’ve made the horror films and people say, “Can you make a horror film also an art film?” And I would say, “Yeah, I think you can.”

But a superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core.
*End Quotes*

I think Cronenberg is lacking some credibility here. I agree with him that Memento and Inception even the Prestige are better movies than his three Batman movies. Heath Ledger probably gives the best performance in any of his movies outside of Guy Pearce, but those three stand alone movies I like more than the Batman movies. But calling superhero movies for kids? Saying they’re not art? I have to take issue with that one, if not with the argument, that Cronenberg can’t make it. This is because, lest he forget, A History of Violence was a comic book too. And its protagonist, Tom Stahl, is very much a kind of superheroic character. The same goes for his film Eastern Promises. Not a comic book, but it shares many of the same characteristics as A History of Violence. The principal one being, Viggo Mortensen plays a superheroic character killing bad guys in stylized comic book like violence.

But let’s not focus on the violence, let’s focus on the protagonists of Cronenberg’s films. Take Tom Stahl. Tom Stahl is a mask. It’s a costume for Joey Cusack. This is more or less exactly the argument from the finale of Kill Bill. Tom Stahl/Arlene Plimpton/Clark Kent are the costumes that Joey Cusack/Beatrix Kiddo/Superman wear to blend in with the rest of the world. Only one of these characters wears a cape, but these are all superheroic characters. Calling one a kid’s movie because it has capes comes across as ignorant and pretentious. Call Dark Knight Rises a kid’s movie because it has a PG-13 rating, not because it has capes. Eastern Promises has Viggo doing the same thing. He has a fake identity that he wears as a mask. Nikolai pretends just to be the ignorant driver to cover up the hardened undercover cop that he really is.

I don’t think Cronenberg is attacking comic books as for kids. Anyone who makes that argument needs to check out Watchmen, the Killing Joke, Devil’s Advocate, or the Walking Dead. That argument would be stupid and he isn’t. But I do think he’s showing a little too much pretension coming from a director who is renowned for making art house creature features. The guy who made They Came From Within and The Fly thinks Christopher Nolan is slumming it and not doing real art by having a man dressed as a bat.