Life is growing difficult for defenders of the DC Extended Universe. Since Justice League‘s lukewarm reception, the franchise has been looking for new ways to gain interest, including a Joaquin Phoenix Joker film, and the introduction of a DC streaming service. But the most recent item getting buzz is a new trailer for the series Titans, one that’s gaining backlash from critics of all stripes. Reasons for this are varied, and largely aesthetic, but there are thematic reasons to be concerned, as well.
It’s May 4th, Star Wars day! There’s a lot to like about Star Wars. Lightsaber duels, blasters, starfighter dogfights, and the magic and mystery of the Force have helped to make it a beloved franchise. At the heart of all the action, though, is the tilt between good and evil. While several of the films have underpinnings of Eastern worldviews, the fundamental concepts of good versus evil are still easily identifiable.
It’s no secret I love to analyze television and film. My wife would say I over-analyze but I don’t care, it’s part of the enjoyment for me. As my life moves forward I’ve obviously become crankier and less amused by certain media targeted at audiences younger than me. With that in mind, I’ve recently begun to question the content in film that is clearly targeted at me. After seeing A Quiet Place earlier this year, I realized film is much more enjoyable when story is unique without following the usual tropes of the genre and being bombarded with content Hollywood deems “realistic”. That is, the myth that simply being rated R is a better experience.
On this episode, Logan talks about where in the world he’s been for the past several months, reacts to the cultural moment that is the Oscars (better late than never), and talks about recent developments in #metoo/#churchtoo, and how they relate to current cultural values.
The recent statement by the Archbishop of York on the death of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking reflects a confusion on Christian doctrine regarding salvation. It also shows how celebrity culture has influenced the church, especially when it comes to ideas of goodness.
Just as the Academy, the Screen Actor’s Guild, the Golden Globes, and every bloke with a film blog has released their top tens, we figured it was time we released ours as well.
Logan talks with Elijah Thompson of The Fetal Position and Dank Pro-Life Memes, and reviews Thor: Ragnarok, All But Invisible by Nate Collins, and Kelly Clarkson’s latest release, The Meaning of Life.