Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) looks old. Or maybe weathered is a more appropriate term: his skin tone matches the desolate, sandy camp in which we see him first. He’s been traveling the backwaters of Europe winning bare-knuckle boxing bouts with one-punch power, like a spec-ops Pikey. He is punishing himself for his sins, and trying to regain the memories his government took from him and set right his wrongs.
Video on demand (VOD) is the latest incarnation of the direct-to-video industry that followed the widespread adoption of VHS and VCRs. Like direct-to-video movies, these are often marginal releases highlighting so-so-to-quite-bad work. Every once in a while, however, you might find something that moves you.
As one of the world’s foremost Zack Snyder apologists, it pained me to give a Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice a negative review. Unlike many of the Snyder-haters out there, I actually like his vision for the DC universe. I think it’s interesting to imagine what would happen if an invulnerable man fell from the sky and was introduced to the world by destroying a small part of it in a fight with a similarly powered individual. Would people hail him as Superman? Or would they fear him as the superman?
As I’ve noted elsewhere, the discussion surrounding the reboot of Ghostbusters (1984) is pretty terrible because Ghostbusters (2016) has devolved into a front in the culture war and no culture war issue can ever be discussed with anything resembling decency. Allow me, then, to offer a few do’s and don’ts for discussing the reboot without sounding like an idiot or a jerk.
Over the weekend, Mike Pence—Donald Trump’s choice for vice president despite the fact that Pence harshly criticized The Donald’s idiotic and unworkable plan to ban Muslims from coming into the United States—tweeted a photo of himself and his family eating a meal at the Chili’s in New York City.
In my Ghostbusters review, I noted that the most ironic thing about the lady-driven reboot is the fact that the funniest actor in it is, well, a dude.