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Review of Superman II (Film, 1980)

Review of Superman II (Film, 1980) Image courtesy of At heart a simple romantic comedy, Superman II is a small film centering around the budding relationship of Clark Kent and Lois Lane that just so happens to have an action filled ending that perhaps weighs the film down in the ever present trapping of the superhero genre. As is the case with most of the tropes that have been present from the beginning of the comic book era, Superman must battle with the conflict of identity and loss. In order to have a relationship with Lois he must give up his super powers, but in order to save the world he must accept his role as a hero. No spoiler warning are necessary to tell you that he does the right thing and saves earth by accepting his identity as Superman at the loss of love with the one thing he cares about the most in the world. And that is enough to send the audience home with smiles on their faces knowing full well …

Movie Pitch: Red’s Story

Red’s Story: Movie Pitch   Idea Title: Red’s Story   Log Line: The early life and prison career of Red, from the film Shawshank Redemption. A prequel of sorts.   Synopsis: The origin story of Red that follows his life as a troubled child all the way to his rise as a inmate at the dreaded Shawshank Prison. Red starts out as a criminal, is institutionalized, and becomes a man who can get you things in prison. The story is told in flashbacks similar to the film The Hurricane and chronicles. While in prison, Red starts out as a scared inmate who gets beat up and tortured and finds solace in a mysterious figure in solitary confinement who teaches Red the way of getting things to hustle in prison. The film ends with Red meeting Andy Dufray from the first film.   Type: Movie   Genre: Crime   2nd Genre: Drama  

Movie Pitch: Da Vinci’s Story

Idea Title: Da Vinci’s Youth   Log Line: The life and travels of early 20s Da Vinci based more on a romantic ideal of what a flourishing artist rather than a historical biopic.   Synopsis: Da Vinci is travelling thru the countryside of Venice, living the life of a vagabond looking for work. Fresh out of an apprenticeship, Da Vinci finds an older countess who allows him to paint her portrait. A romance develops that night, with Da Vinci sleeping with the women only to find out he is in love with her. A doomed romance from the get go, Da Vinci spends the next five years travelling the country and getting hired on with the Pope, only to one day rediscover the woman is now a widow. Da Vinci unfortunately cannot rekindle the romance because he realizes it would violate social laws for an up and coming artist to marry an aristocrat.   Type: Movie   Genre: Historical romance   2nd Genre: Drama

How the Film The Trip Captures the Gay Experience Without Pandering to Hollywood Tastes

Ask anyone what gay film they think of, and by people I mean straight white males, and for many the default answer will probably be Brokeback Mountain, maybe even said with a snicker. Such is the state of gay cinema in America. You’re either a stereotype (ala someone’s best friend) or you’re portrayed by two incredibly handsome and quantifiably cis het white men and sold to the masses as a demonstration of the gay experience in America. This may sound like snark or a cynical look at what is undoubtedly one of the first mainstream gay films to come out of Hollywood, and yet I say this with genuine affection for the film and as a panexual man. But there comes a point where I sigh and tell myself Oscar bait and capturing the true essence of being gay in a country that still struggles with the idea of homosexuality is not a codification of my identity. Brokeback Mountain tugged at my heartstrings and presented the pain of coming out, but it didn’t capture the …