HCAD Movie Club is a series of cool awesome articles about various movies! Some of them are new, some of them are old, some of them are actually the webcomic Homestuck with various tenuous justifications as to how that could be considered a movie. Check them all out!
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(Art by SaffronScarf)
(How does THIS article count as “Movie Club”? What? Meh, let’s just go along with it.)
After the pretty scathing article I wrote about Homestuck last week, I wanted to focus on the most obviously-positive aspect of the whole of Homestuck, which is of course the music. Out of everything that has stuck with me from Homestuck over the past five and a half years since I started reading it, its amazing soundtrack, its Music Team, and the fan music community surrounding it have been a near-permanent fixture. And here’s just a few of the many reasons why:
This is not a “movie” per se, but I will count it as HCAD Movie Club material because the finale of the comic is half an hour’s worth of animation so it is somewhat movie-like.
Homestuck ended over a week ago. It was bad. But with this article I want to focus on one aspect of the final two flashes that I think is the real culprit for everything that went wrong. Beside the Too Many Cooks-level of cast size and the overbearing ambition weighing down the plotting, I think the primary factor is that the fan pandering went completely out of control.
Deadpool has already been discussed on HCAD, mostly in relation to its budget, but now that it has been released and is a mega-hit, we’re going to be discussing it again with what its success means for various aspects of Hollywood and the movie industry in general.
This has probably been covered in numerous other articles on numerous other websites over the past week, but this article is a noteworthy topic because it is directly related to so many of these big “trends” in blockbuster movies lately, either confirming or combating them, much to the chargin of many writers of these thinkpieces on other websites.
Except for us, of course. Because we’re not dicks.
It’s a little bit overdue to be analyzing the movies of 2015, since most thinkpieces and articles about that came out in the first week of January, but there is one part of 2015 that I want to focus on that Hollywood isn’t necessarily very proud of: the weekend of October 30th to November 1st.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is criticized sometimes for its visual style. Being a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, it seems to have more advanced technology and a cleaner society, both of which seem contradictory to the idea of it being a prequel in the first place. Moreover, many lamented the absence of the original trilogy’s “used universe” aesthetic design, where everything looked worn-down, and something that would exist in everyday life.
Now that we can see the box office grosses for The Revenant and The Hateful Eight. two thing have become abundantly clear: people really like The Revenant and are going out to see it in droves, and The Hateful Eight wasn’t very popular and fell off the charts really quickly, earning the least of any Tarantino movie since Jackie Brown.
While The Hateful Eight certainly wasn’t a box office disaster by any means and made an okay $50 million, the reception towards it was much more muted than the typical Tarantino movie, and it was also almost completely snubbed from the major Oscar nominations besides Best Supporting Actress. And compared to The Revenant, with its $120 million (and counting!) and twelve Oscar nominations, it looks even more disappointing.
I wrote an article earlier this week on Peel the Orange that talked about the new Thunderbolts comic book coming out later this year, and the possibility that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is leading towards a Thunderbolts movie sometime in the near future.
I’ve been keeping track of all my ticket stubs for movies for the last several years. I don’t remember exactly why, but I decided to take them out and order them chronologically just to see how many I had.
Instead of a traditional movie club essay, I just wanted to give you a picture of my movie-going habits from about the time that I could drive all the way to present. There are several missing, most notably a few midnight movie premieres that I seem to have lost including Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises, but for the most part this is my theater-going experience summed up into one tidy list.
I hope that Deadpool is wildly successful. I hope it makes $800 million dollars and everyone in every nation around the world loves it. I mean obviously I want movies to be good, but I want this movie to succeed in particular. Not because I am a huge fan of the character or anything (I probably haven’t read more than two issues of Deadpool comics in my life), but because I don’t want every superhero movie to be a $150 million – $250 million dollar blockbuster. I want more mid-sized budget comic book films. Continue reading “[Movie Club] Deadpool: Return of the Mid-Budget Comic Book Movie” »
We have seen a lot of movies this year. Like, tons of movies. Something like 30 a piece, and there are still a bunch that haven’t gone to wide release yet or that we just haven’t had the chance to see. Which ones did you think were the best? Well, we’re going to tell you which ones were the best, so don’t worry yourself with that whole “having an opinion” thing. If you feel that any movies are missing then I’m sorry you feel that way.