Joaquin Phoenix will probably go on to win an Academy Award for his performance in Joker, yet Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight will remain the best superhero movie ever made.
In the 11 years that have passed since its release, The Dark Knight has reached an iconic status unlike any superhero film before or since. Not only because prior to its release, comic book adaptations were not doing well financially and critically, but also because one man’s performance managed to outshine all the other brilliant elements of the movie itself, which is rare feat.
The Dark Knight was and still is unlike any other comic book adaptation. The movie redefined the entire genre, proving that comic book films can be art, and was, at least in part, responsible for the age of superhero movies we live in today.
Without a doubt Chuck Palahniuk is the literary equivalent of a method actor. He meticulously researches his books.
But this novel is different. This one’s about the artistic process, one I think this author is both familiar with and also terribly good at explaining it.
Diary is the story of Misty Wilmot, a waitress. Yeah, she was once a promising painter, but now she’s just there, not dead yet, but not quite alive either. But when her husband tries to kill himself (and fails), she finds out that she hasn’t yet lost her talent. That’s basically the premise of this story. More or less. Yeah, there’s a plot twist towards the end, ’cause that’s Chuck’s specialty. And yeah, we’ve got strange characters doing strange things in a strange world. Continue reading “Book Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk”→
You’ve got to admit it: sometimes you do want your brain messed with and watch some bizarre and inexplicable movie. Lucky you, there are countless such movies: surreal to the point of insanity. From iconic directors like David Lynch and Harmony Korine to underground indie filmmakers, it seems as if, at one point or another, almost everyone has put the work into creating something frightening and strange.
Some of these are pretty thought provoking in their weirdness, and others are straight up gory and gross, thus eating popcorn becomes optional.
Brace yourselves for the ten weirdest movies of all time.
This is arguably the best time to put together such a list: the technology is there, allowing for special effects to help us suspend disbelief, the actors who have been cast to play the parts are as brilliant as they come, and studios are investing more and more money into big budget adaptations of comic books.
I have no doubt that we’ll see more and more superhero movies, some of them quite brilliant and easy to recommend.
That being said, here are the ten best superhero movies of all time.
The Garden of Eden, unfinished as it is, is one of my favorite novels, and undoubtedly stands proof of Hemingway’s most enduring of traits; he was not only capable of, but also willing to reinvent his writing, always aspiring for a different style.
Much like The Old Man and The Sea, this novel is different from his earlier works. And it shows a different layer, more human, to one of the great “macho” writers in history.
A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers’s best stories, including her beloved novella “The Ballad of the Sad Café.” A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves as the town’s gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes “Wunderkind,” McCullers’s first published story written when she was only seventeen about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist. Newly reset and available for the first time in a handsome trade paperback edition, The Ballad of the Sad Café is a brilliant study of love and longing from one of the South’s finest writers.
There’s something about these stories that makes you empathise with the human condition; we are who we are when we can help it, when there’s nothing else to be but ourselves.
We are who we are because someone has to be.
The characters that inhabit these little stories are what one would define as misfits, rebels. But that’s the magic of stories: we realize that we are all made of the same stuff. We are all human. We are all the same. Different, but the same. At the same time. The paradox of human nature.
What I am trying to say is that these misfits feel the same emotions as we do, and they teach us so much about ourselves, our own fights and defeats, and also make us realize that oftentimes what sets us apart must also make us feel lonely/live a life of solitude.
A must-read, The Ballad of the Sad Café contains stories about other people, stories about the kind of people that we might never encounter in real life, but those stories teach us so much about ourselves.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and a lot more A-listers
I do not intend to provide any spoilers, so you can read this review if you just want to know whether Avengers: Endgame is worth watching or not, if it’s going to break your heart, and if it’s worth sitting 181 minutes on a chair (which is no small feat.)