As Marvel began to build up its cinematic universe, they began to outdo the quality of rival film studios who had owned the rights to key Marvel characters, like Spider-Man, and the X-Men. As time went on, and the buildup for Civil War (a story arch I still contend they did too soon) began, many asked how Civil War could be faithfully replicated without Spider-Man. Against all odds, Sony’s failing Spider-Man franchise reached a breaking point which allowed for an historic deal to be made, of epic proportions. For now, at least, the two studios would share Spider-Man. While the details of this deal are still somewhat convoluted, and the long term longevity of this deal remains unclear, the first fruits of this deal manifested in a brilliant 20-minute guest appearance of Spider-Man that made Civil War, already a good movie, that much better. Tom Holland might be the third iteration of Peter Parker on the Silver Screen in less than ten years, but even in that moment he had in Civil War, it was clear he was the best one so far. For the first time since Spider-Man 2’s ending credits, I was optimistic for the future of the franchise.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
Conservatives often complain that Hollywood makes no Conservative films, and when they do, we either don’t notice, or we let them bomb. The first Atlas Shrugged was good. It bombed. The two sequels lacked the budget to be good as a result. In Kubo and the Two Strings, we have an even bigger cinematic tragedy, because here is a great movie, one that is surprisingly Conservative and without beating you over the head with it, and it tanked, badly.
Monday, October 10, 2016
NOTE: The following is a sample chapter of my upcoming book Dictators and Capitulators: A Conservative's Guide to Surviving the Age of Trump. There is no release date yet. But this is a work in progress, and may not represent the finished product.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Looking ahead to the upcoming election, our prospects are not good. The Real Clear Political Average shows us losing the majority in the Senate, by three seats, and losing twenty seats in the House, dropping from some 240 some odd seats, down to 220 some odd… still in the majority, but just barely. It's time to face some hard truths, then decide where we go from here. The havoc Donald Trump will wreck will leave the party in the worst shape it’s been in my entire life. Trump will lose, and he will weaken the GOP in the process.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
|Thank the Donald for this|
I know there are some people who will freak out on me for calling this race already, but it’s pretty obvious that this is the inevitable outcome, unless the Delegates show some real balls at Convention. Donald Trump was the only Republican candidate regularly losing to Hillary in the polls from the time of his announcement. Even Ted Cruz, until the last month of a prolonged and particularly nasty primary, was ahead of Hillary in most polls. Logic would dictate that Republicans should have picked anyone other than Trump, but this was not a logical year.