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Daredevil is Marvel aiming for the superhero TV throne – and almost winning.

The idea of vigilantes fighting criminals who have taken control of a city so thoroughly and completely that they have turned them into havens for villainy and cruelty is not […]

The idea of vigilantes fighting criminals who have taken control of a city so thoroughly and completely that they have turned them into havens for villainy and cruelty is not really new. In fact, in all honesty, nothing about Daredevil is really new. And yet Daredevil is astounding in every other aspect of its execution. It’s earnest, blunt and it just kicksĀ so much ass. Brilliantly shot and stylized, its aesthetic brethren are not The Avengers or The Guardians of the Galaxy, but rather shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, which is unsurprising considering director Phil Abraham’s stunning work on the latter.

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Why Blockbusters Franchises Won’t Destroy Cinema

I just returned from seeing the Hobbit. I had enough fun, having seen the things that I expected to see with the creativity that Peter Jackson brings, but felt that […]

I just returned from seeing the Hobbit. I had enough fun, having seen the things that I expected to see with the creativity that Peter Jackson brings, but felt that the intent of a children’s book was lost in favor of conforming to the current model of high-octane action franchises. This was something the original Lord of The Rings trilogy managed to pull off without losing the appeal and charm of the initial book. With the Hobbit, a lighthearted children’s book, things became a bit more of a problem. There are plenty of angry reviews of the Hobbit though, so I find it immensely more interesting to talk about its place in the current landscape of films.

As 2014 has passed, you’ve no doubt seen a number of articles, discussing the very subject, many lamenting the overpowering presence of the franchise, bemoaning the presence of Young Adult novel and comic book adaptations. Oftentimes the word ‘teenager’ will be used in a derogatory context, as though teenagers are some subhuman mass dedicated to ruining meaningful film rather than a subset of the human population that are no less deserving of fiction that speaks to them. The general idea is simple, that the dominance of big franchised blockbusters is polluting the market and preventing more meaningful, artistic films. There was even a pretty good movie that lived under that pretense this year.

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