Favorite R-Rated Comic Book Movies

After watching The Suicide Squad, I kept wondering why there weren’t that many R-rated comic book movies. Turns out there are quite a bit. Enough to, say, fill a whole top ten 😃

Why aren’t there more though? The graphic potential of an R-rating may seem exciting to rabid fans like you and me, but it effectively means less seats which means less dollars. Sure, Deadpool opened big but Iron Man 3, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel opened bigger. The corporate IP game is all about reigning supreme at the box office with the widest possible appeal, which the PG-13 rating ensures. Studios, then, are less and less willing to risk the potential for massive profit when it comes to their billion-dollar superhero franchises.

But every once in a while we get Logan or The Suicide Squad. These ten below are ready to queue up right now and satisfy those mature cravings that the PG-13 superhero can’t fulfill. You might notice some glaring omissions (sorry Snyder fans) but HEY, THIS IS MY LIST NOT YOURS.

This is the hard-R comic book terrain so far and it may point to where studios can go next.

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Best Films of 2017

You’d think that by having done these best film lists before that I’d be a pro at hand-picking ten movies. Truth is, this gets harder every year. It didn’t help that 2017 was such a mammoth year in film, though I suppose that’s a good thing because it was an excuse to be a shut-in (as if I needed an excuse) and indulge my obsession and in general just not step outside for a few weeks, which I wouldn’t recommend. I’m exhausted, frail, AND all caught up. Here’s a look back on the past year in film before I put 2017 in my rearview for good.  Continue reading

Best Movie Moments of 2017

When writing about movies, I often use the term “cinematic.” Movies are obviously cinematic, but sometimes a film takes an idea or a moment and pushes it to the fore. It can capitalize on the experience of the film, or transcend the film entirely where it becomes the thing audiences rave about. I live for these moments. 2017 was chock full of them and I’ve handpicked ten that entertained and enraptured me. This may or may not be an indicator of what will end up on my upcoming best film list. While I am still busy catching up on the movies I’ve missed, here are my favorite movie moments of 2017.  Continue reading

‘Logan’: A History of Violence

“There are no more guns in the valley,” Laura says in her eulogy. She and her band of mutants are no longer on the run but their safety, much like their hopes of a future, come at a cost. The line is a reference to the 1953 Western Shane, a film that operates as key thematic influence in Logan, a film within a film. Logan itself is a film within a larger film universe and an ever-expanding Marvel brand, which, like it’s overt film referencing, is all but impossible to ignore. Logan stands tall as an outlier, doing away with end-of-the-world plots, superhero team-ups, and allusions to future installments, servicing an even greater payoff that not only honors its comic book origins, but transcends them. 

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