• Movie Rants,  Old vs New

    Old vs New: Superman II vs Man of Steel

    Man of Steel (2013) covers the two original Superman movies – Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). We’re introduced to Krypton, we learn why baby Kal-El is sent to Earth, we watch the sentencing of the Krypton villain Zod and his cronies, we explore the origin story of Clark Kent/Superman, we see Smallville, we go to Metropolis, and, finally, we have the battle against the antagonist, Zod. I respect Christopher Nolan, who decided when rebooting Batman with Batman Begins (2005) to stay away initially from the Joker – Batman’s greatest villain, and already renowned in cinema due to Jack Nicholson‘s portrayal in Tim Burton‘s Batman (1989). It allowed Nolan to…

  • Movie Rants,  Old vs New

    Old vs New: Superman vs Man of Steel

    Let me whine some more about today’s movies. Firstly, a qualifier: there are still good movies coming out. I think A Star is Born (2018) is great. The Mission Impossible (1996) movies are always, at the worst, very good movies (III (2006), IV (2011), and V (2015) are excellent – II (2000) is the only stinker). I love Ron Howard’s Rush (2013), and lesser-known In the Heart of the Sea (2015). Edge of Tomorrow (2014) is an awesome and clever blockbuster. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) is compelling, Boy Erased (2018) is powerful and heartbreaking, and recently I saw Stan & Ollie (2018), which is fantastic (both Steve Coogan…