I don't really cry at movies. There have been a few exceptions, but it's usually real world loss that gets me. Loss of an argument, loss of life, loss of a close relationship. Most embarassing of all, I cried when Reggie Southerland lost to Guy Fieri in the season two finale of Food Network Star. HE WAS JUST A BETTER COOK, DAMMIT.
Sometimes, the bad guys win. Evil prevails. A bad movie wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. It happens. And with this year's lineup, there looks to be the whole spectrum in the mix. And why not? This is a celebration of cinema, and some cinema is bad. It isn't on purpose, I suspect, but the Academy lets all sorts float to the surface. This is a rundown of why each of these movies should and shouldn't win, and what I honestly think of each. You could use this as an edge up in your last minute Oscars betting, but I am violently emotional and in no way a safe source for odds. So, grain of salt.
With yet another Batman reboot on the horizon, we need a new Bruce Wayne to beat up on baddies and brood in a bat cave. We've had some good Batmen (Batmans?), and we've had some "Bad-mans", but this latest installation requires a new approach.
Matt Reeves, who brought us CGI Ape Glory in the last two Planet of the Apes movies, has been tapped as the next director for The Batman. He has made it clear that this will be a detective-y mystery-y take on DC's Dark Knight. While this focus is heavily prevalent in Batman comics and video games, film adaptations have leaned more into the BAM!s and KRAKOW!s of the Bat's daily super-routine. With a new style and new director, a different kind of caped crusader is required.
Joe Brueggemeyer hosts and edits The Marquee podcast with Logan, and has an unhealthy obsession with baking.