For some time now, Dissolve News Editor Matt Singer has been quite taken with The Rock’s lion hat in the new Hercules movie. While planning this week’s “The Dissolve On…” list via email, he made a passing reference to his favorite onscreen headwear of 2014. So we ran with it.
“I’m generally skeptical of macho enterprises being called out as homoerotic; this happens all the time in reference to sports like football, and it often seems like another volley in the great nerd/jock war. But [Quentin] Tarantino is dead on about one detail: After Maverick succeeds in scoring a dinner date with Charlie at her home, he then mysteriously throws on the brakes when she tries to seduce him. It’s only when she appears in the elevator, dressed like a man, that she finally gets romantic attention from him. Nevertheless, if you don’t buy Top Gun as a subversive gay narrative, surely we can agree that the heat in this movie is entirely of the guy-on-guy variety.”
Our Movie Of The Week discussion of Top Gun wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the (in)famous volleyball scene, and the film’s reputation for homoeroticism, which was goosed considerably by Quentin Tarantino’s rant about the movie in Sleep With Me. Our Top Gun forum discussion dissects this and more. [Read more…]
Werner Herzog signs copies of our new 13 Bluray set in our luxurious conference room.
“Now where do I sign this Blu-ray? Ah yes, very good. Ahem:
Life is death and decay and in the end time consumes and destroys us all.
Hugs and kisses,
[Zack] Snyder and [Christopher] Nolan took totally different approaches to their source material. To Snyder, comic books were sacrosanct, to be treated with the sort of reverence typically reserved for holy texts. His comic-book movies didn’t adapt their source material, they transcribed them, sometimes re-creating scenes panel-by-panel and line-by-line. Good, bad, or indifferent, Snyder’s films are some of the comic-bookiest comic-book movies in history.
Nolan, on the other hand, did his best to leech as much comic book out of his comic-book movies as possible. In 2004, Nolan said the crux of his Batman was ‘humanity and realism,’ and described his Gotham City as ‘a recognizable, contemporary reality against which an extraordinary heroic figure arises.’ Nolan and Goyer applied the exact same strategy to Superman. ‘We’re approaching Superman,’ Goyersaid in 2013, ‘as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real.’
The result was a movie whose writers and director were almost working at cross purposes. Man Of Steel is a gritty, realistic story shot by a director whose instincts constantly push him away from grit and realism, and into flash and fantasy. (Snyder’s Sucker Punch is almost literally about this exact tension between reality and dream.) It’s no wonder that Man Of Steel sometimes feels like such an uncomfortable mix of styles and tones; it was the result of an uncomfortable mix of artists.”
Zack Snyder’s highly destructive take on Superman debuted to a mixed reception. A year on, it remains one of the most divisive blockbusters of the past several years. Matt Singer breaks it down in this month’s One Year Later. [Read more…]
The new installment of my One Year Later column is now up at The Dissolve.
“Enter Seth Rogen in Neighbors, which is poised not just as a battle between a family and a fraternity, but between a physical specimen and a schlub. Efron and his frat move next door to Rogen and his wife and daughter, who quickly grow weary of the noisy new kids down the street. That leads to confrontation between the two houses, and a scenario that is increasingly rare: The guy with the best physique isn’t the hero of the movie, and the narrative he’s in isn’t one about an average guy who triumphs only after transforming himself from a wuss to a warrior. Although Rogen admires Efron’s impossibly pronounced musculature (“He looks like something a gay guy created in a lab,” he quips at their first meeting), he never attempts to compete with him on a physical level. He’s content with his body as it is, warts (and back hair) and all. In a world where multiplexes are perpetually clogged with swimsuit models and Spartans and superheroes, that fact alone almost makesNeighbors work as counter-programming.”
In a summer surrounded by impossible examples of male and female beauty, Seth Rogen’s physique is like a breath of fresh yet slightly overweight air. [Read more…]
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At Russ & Daughters, we’re making chicken soup (and eating chicken soup and mini bagels) all day.
The shop is open until 8PM tonight.
“As [American Psycho] progresses, its grasp on reality becomes even more tenuous. A chainsaw dropped several stories down a stairwell happens to land perfectly on a fleeing victim, killing her. An ATM orders Bateman to feed it a stray cat. Bateman shoots at a police car, and it promptly explodes; in that moment, even he looks disbelievingly at his gun. These all seem like the daydreams of an increasingly disturbed man, one who isn’t even bothering to fit his fantasies into the real world anymore.”
Tasha Robinson continues our Movie Of The Week discussion of American Psycho with a look at the film’s slippery grasp of reality, and how its ambiguity about what’s real and what isn’t is more interesting than definitive answers. [Read more…]