Enough digital ink has been spilled over the awfulness of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but allow me to add a drop of a different color. While most critics have focused on the lack of character motivation, the skimpy writing, the overwhelmingly complicated plot, the poor direction, the bland score, too much time devoted to setting up future features, and the overwhelming sense of gloom and cynicism, few have focused on the source material that led to this cinematic disaster and how this work became so poorly translated. … More The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material
I was 9 the first time I heard Chicago had been destroyed. It was the summer of 1996 and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day was on a rampage. Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore told the audience Chicago was dead, incinerated by fire or, as Will Smith’s character put it, that “green shit.” … More Why is Pop Culture Obsessed with Destroying Chicago?
Sunday night at the Oscars, eight films are up for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Of those eight, five are based on books: The Martian by Andy Weir The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis Brooklyn by Colm Toibin The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke Room by Emma Donoghue … More How Often Are Oscar Winners Based on Books?
Some people are going to hate the Goodman Theatre’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 in Chicago. The group sitting next to me left during the first intermission and never came back. The elderly gentleman in front of me stuck around until midnight, but used all three intermissions as opportunities to explain—red-faced, to anyone who would listen—why … More How Does the 2666 Play Compare to the Book?