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Let's Talk about "The Batman"
Spring has sprung and so has another Batman film… over the decades many newer versions of older stories have been recreated and honestly, made better with today’s special effects technology but is that to say that the newest version of any remake is better? Absolutely not… and The Batman is no different. The Batman released only earlier this month in theatres stars Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and to my surprise, Andy Serkis as Alfred! Directed by Matt Reeves who is known for the latest renditions of Planet of the Apes and the Cloverfield collection, The Batman definitely has the action scenes and grand cinematic-ish shots you may be familiar with, but I personally wouldn’t go so far as to say The Batman is better than his Planet of the Apes trilogy or Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and here’s why…
A Trip Down Memory Lane w/ "UP"
Hello film buffs and readers, and welcome to spring! As the world slowly opens (I feel like I’ve been on and off saying this for the last 1.5 years…) the time for adventure and travel is nigh! So what better way to get in the adventurous mood and soar to new heights, than with the ever-beloved UP by Disney Pixar. An animation film boasting a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating, and five total nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards! A 2009 film, UP is about an old man who at the fine age of 78 decides he wants to live out his adventurous childhood dream of finding Paradise Falls.
"V for Vendetta": Film vs. Graphic Novel
Hello readers and welcome to February! This new month has come into effect and what that means is… a brand-new piece on FLIX! I hope the anticipation was real… as real as… my anticipation to write on yet another DC film whose graphic novel I’ve already read – that’s right, we’re officially on the second take of graphic novels versus films in the DC series here on FLIX! So here to kick off February the best way possible, FLIX presents to you this very happy Friday… V for Vendetta.
The Triumphs & Tribulations of "Dune"
Hello readers and welcome to 2022! I figured I’d start this new year off with a brand-new film, so let’s delve into why I quite liked Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film… Dune. This piece will tackle the visuals and sounds one usually finds in Villeneuve’s films, we of course need to talk about the star-studded cast, and last but not least, the aspects of the film I didn’t like.
"Watchmen": Film vs. Graphic Novel
It’s 2022 and I’m ready to tackle Zack Snyder’s 2009 Watchmen. What a time to be alive! I studied the DC graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons not only once, but twice (once in high school and again in university), so I’ve pretty much been ready to talk and write about the film for ages… so here we finally are! An important piece to note going forward as it wasn’t mentioned in my Batman piece “The Mind Blowing Aspects of Batman Begins & The Dark Knight”, is that I’m a huge DC fan and it’s DC > Marvel for me. But how did that come to be? Why do I just love the nitty-gritty dark and light of DC? Well, it all started seven years ago when I studied this graphic novel called… Watchmen. When I first read this graphic novel I found its message to be so real, and once I watched the film shortly after, I quite liked it. I then decided to watch Christopher Nolan’s Batman series again and noticed it held the same message, albeit with a slightly altered delivery. It is worth noting that I have yet to read the Batman graphic novels. When I finally read V for Vendetta I loved it just as much for the exact aforementioned reasons, but when I watched the film I wasn’t such a fan (but that’s a story for another time… keep a look out!). But Watchmen… something about this graphic novel truly made it one of my all-time favourite books/stories/graphic novels, and all this just begs the already asked question both by my high school English 12 Teacher and one of my university English Literature Professor’s: “how does the film compare to the graphic novel?”. Well today folks, we will find out!
Ensuring a Very Merry Christmas w/ "Just Friends"!
Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas! Wishing you and yours of course, the happiest of days this holiday season and as many laughs as possible! As the year 2021 makes its way to a close, and as the year 2022 follows in its footsteps, what better way to end the year we’ve had than with… a Christmas comedy! Now this isn’t just any Christmas comedy but my favourite Christmas comedy, so here to brighten your day even more so, is Roger Kumble’s Just Friends featuring my hometown hero, Ryan Reynolds.
Welcome to December ft. "The Nutcracker & the Four Realms"!
Happy December readers! Can you believe we’ve already entered the magical month of holiday cheer and Christmas movies until January 1st? To kick December off with classic holiday features, FLIX presents Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston’s 2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. This Disney twist on a Christmas classic based off E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, brings viewers fantastic special effects that truly make you feel as though you’ve fallen into a Christmas fairytale world, sets or at least CGI backgrounds that truly emulate the holiday spirit, a star-studded cast but then again… Disney, a very interesting plot twist to add to this twisted take on The Nutcracker and, we get it all for under two hours – which, in these modern days is a definite gift!
Why "Oceans" is Still some of the Best Heist Films, 20 Years Later
Out here in Toronto it’s been cold and the "I need to be on vacation right now, at an all-inclusive resort or I don’t know… chillin’ in Vegas?!" feels are running high. But since I sadly still can't do either, I went ahead and did the latter through my TV… hello Oceans Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen! Taking a dip in the pools of all three Steven Soderbergh films, FLIX this weekend is flying you out to Las Vegas, Amsterdam and Rome for the perfect weekend “stay-cations”… and the perfect heists. Time for all things suave.
Travel the High Seas (at home) w/ "Pirates of the Caribbean"!
At a time like this where the urge to travel heightens, the weather warms, and the Covid-19 pandemic rolls into its third wave, there is no better time than to travel and experience an adventure, at home! With all five Pirates of the Caribbean at your disposal on Disney+, I dare say it is the perfect time to embark on a seafaring journey across uncharted waters and around the globe. Here to break down why anyone loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and which films are worth and perhaps not so worth watching (truly which have stayed afloat or sunk), FLIX is ready to catapult your weekend into one of quest-filled adventures!
A Covid-19 Halloween w/ Tim Burton!
BOO! And Happy Halloween! This year Halloween (like all other holidays and quite frankly, almost anything in general this year), is different. As the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to control and seriously alter our lives, the status quo and/or norms, this special day of October 31st, 2021 is less festive than usual. But fear not! Or at least… not yet… as FLIX has saved this spooky day! Throwing top notch, not-so-basic Halloween or Halloween vibe films your way, I present to you four films by the maliciously clever and Spooktacular director, Tim Burton! Oh, a Happy Halloween indeed!
Peering Through the Window of "The Woman in the Window"
Hello readers and welcome to October! If you were here last year you already know that this spooky month calls for spooky/thriller/suspense films, and FLIX has brought you just that today! Starting October off with suspense and mystery, our first contender is Joe Wright’s 2021 mystery/thriller The Woman in the Window. A film about an agoraphobic psychologist who see’s something she shouldn’t have through the window of her neighbour’s home, this film has the weirdest storyline that I was not at all prepared for once I started watching the film. To be frank, I didn’t even read the description to know that the protagonist Dr. Anna Fox was an agoraphobe – and having read that online to write this piece for you all now, it does make sense however this still doesn’t fully describe the weird reality you're thrown into for this film! The films saving grace, however? The fact that its timeline happens on and around Halloween (how fitting and unexpected), it has an exceptionally star-studded cast which I also did not anticipate as I didn’t look at the cast prior to watching the film, and that I counted at least five plot twists – which is obviously amazing. So without further a due, let’s get weird and full of suspense!
Let's Talk about "Squid Game"
So we’re here… a month after it’s release but let’s delve into the 2021 South Korean series by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game. Keeping it brief because hey, this show was deep enough it’s not like attention spans are any longer than this one season series (as is so common in k-dramas). Touching base on how I started the series, it’s blatant theme and message, and why I’m not so sure such graphics really translate its message well enough, our first contender for Spooky Month (purely because of its suspense, gore, and timely fashion) is Squid Game!