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What’s Up, Han Solo Film?

Oh yeah, amidst everything else going on in Hollywood, they’re working on a Han Solo prequel standalone anthology film. Kind of forgot about that – certainly didn’t realize they had started filming in January, nor that it was slated for May 2018 (rather than as another Christmas-time film). However, there’s a slight hitch in that today, as apparently the directors have left the film over “creative differences.”

Thanks for the news, Twitter Moments.

Some people were super disappointed because they apparently knew the additional fact that the two directors – Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – had worked on such films as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Okay, I liked those, sure, sad to have them go. And moreso, bad to have them go mid-filming. That Disney expects to keep the movie on-target is impressive.


I mean, movies lose directors, have creative differences, and in other ways slide into production hell all the time – it’s the plans to power through on this movie that is impressive, and also worrisome. This seems like a hard movie to do well, and having a single vision for it would of course be better than multiple visions – although with “creative differences,” it may already be too late for that.

This isn’t the first franchise to recently lose the director in the late days of filming. Justice League saw Zack Snyder bow out, for totally understandable personal reasons. The studio quickly got Joss Whedon, of all people, lined up to finish the movie, with re-shoots and editing to go – again, keeping the original release date in November this year.

There are reports that Joss is expected to do more re-shoots than Zack Snyder was planning to, and in the end we’ll likely be seeing a movie that has a touch of both of them clearly apparent. Hopefully in a good way; time will tell.

I could see something similar ending up happening with the Han Solo film: a high profile director coming in and acting as the closer on the film, who also maybe does a bit of work to make the film a bit more “their own.” One of the Twitter suggestions was Edgar Wright, and while I would love that, I don’t know how much he would want to tackle someone else’s movie (after all the trouble he went through trying to make Ant Man).

Time will tell – possibly quite soon – for the Han Solo film.

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Throwback Thursday: Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice Review

This weekend’s podcast is about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it seemed appropriate to share Julia’s original review from seeing the movie in theaters. For more in-depth discussion of the movie – read, us tearing it apart – listen to Episode 6 of the Comparative Opinions podcast!

Guys, it’s not as bad as everyone says. However, I have a few contributing factors to why I might think that:

  • I haven’t seen Man of Steel, so I have no comparison to that movie.
  • I love Zack Snyder, and his partnership with Hans Zimmer made me really excited for the movie. Definitely worth it.
  • I’m Team Wonder Woman. I wanted to see a female superhero in DC who was a total badass. The whole Batman and Superman thing was a bit secondary to me.
  • I had very, very low expectations of the movie. Honestly, I was hoping it was at least a 5/10. Low expectations helped.
  • I’m currently on vacation back home and saw this at an Alamo Drafthouse, drinking beer after a couple of margaritas. Alcohol definitely helped.

Instead of doing a huge analytical review, I’m going to focus on a few points that stood out to me. There’s enough reviews out there tearing this movie apart or trying to defend it. This review is coming from someone with a film degree who isn’t a huge Superman fan, had low expectations of the film, and was mildly… okay, definitely, buzzed the whole movie.

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice 2016

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

Guys, it’s not as bad as everyone says. However, I have a few contributing factors to why I might think that:

  • I haven’t seen Man of Steel, so I have no comparison to that movie.
  • I love Zack Snyder, and his partnership with Hans Zimmer made me really excited for the movie. Definitely worth it.
  • I’m Team Wonder Woman. I wanted to see a female superhero in DC who was a total badass. The whole Batman and Superman thing was a bit secondary to me.
  • I had very, very low expectations of the movie. Honestly, I was hoping it was at least a 5/10. Low expectations helped.
  • I’m currently on vacation back home and saw this at an Alamo Drafthouse, drinking beer after a couple of margaritas. Alcohol definitely helped.

Instead of doing a huge analytical review, I’m going to focus on a few points that stood out to me. There’s enough reviews out there tearing this movie apart or trying to defend it. This review is coming from someone with a film degree who isn’t a huge Superman fan, had low expectations of the film, and was mildly… okay, definitely, buzzed the whole movie.

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Batman v. Superman v. Staying Home

Holly and I have had some difficulties getting to movies. It’s the Geek Baby, lining up a babysitter, the limited movie showtimes in town (only ever one screen showing a movie), and then life. I’ve been working Saturdays. And this weekend is Easter, so it’s busy above the usual.

All of which is to say that, while they were trying to find a time with no competition to release Batman v. Superman, they have also found a time that is really hard for us to make it. If we do see it, it will either be separately from each other (but hopefully with friends), or else in several weeks’ time. That’s just where we’re at.

And then we’re seeing some of the initial reviews are questionable. But it’s a comic book movie, which can get odd reviews from “official” critics. It’s Zack Snyder, whose style turns some people off. It’s a sequel to a hotly contested movie. It’s the start of a larger multi-movie multi-title franchise. It’s DC’s Iron Man 2. All of which is to say… should we even bother?

So I have a few request of you, dear readers.

  • If you write a review or read a good one, feel free to drop a link in the comments below. We might not read it for a while, but it can help make up for us not writing one for a while, right?
  • If you’re looking for a review, check out any that folks drop in the comments below!
  • If you see the movie, give us your feedback: worth running to the theater to see? Finding the time (for a 2 and a half hour movie) and a babysitter worth it? We’d like that word of mouth!
  • Vote in our poll!

300 – LitFlix

I have finally read the graphic novel, 300, to compare to the movie. I had done so with intention of comparing to the new movie, 300: Rise of an Empire. A sequel which has no foundation in the graphic novel I read. A sequel which is not receiving the best of reviews.

Okay, so actually maybe the worst. Or there was this written review over on the Mary Sue: http://www.themarysue.com/300-rise-of-an-empire-review/

So Holly and I have decided, especially with how many movies there are coming out this month, we have better things to do with our time than see 300: Rise of an Empire in theaters. Maybe we’ll rent it later on and I can weigh in? For now, how about some comparison of film and graphic novel? On to 300!

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