Tag: zack snyder

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #17: Sonny Bunch, Watchmen


This week, we’re doing a crossover: Sonny Bunch of the SubBeacon (formerly SubStandard) is joining me to talk about Zack Snyder, the only artist of the superhero blockbuster era, and his greatest achievement, Watchmen, the best superhero movie we have, on its 10th anniversary. Listen, share, and join us in the comments!


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #9: Justice League


My friend Pete Spiliakos and I bring you a discussion of one of the few truly interesting recent cinematic events, Justice League. This was an example of the conflict between artists and businessmen. Zack Snyder, one of the lonely few examplars of first-rate Hollywood talent, had his work destroyed by a studio Warner Bros / DC hellbent on suicide. Warner had the greatest team in Hollywood working on their superhero movies–Christopher Nolan (as writer and director, also with his brother Jonathan in the writing role) and Zack Snyder. The only men who have any grasp on the epic and the tragic as genres and insights. They also made billions of dollars for the studio. So naturally, the studio destroyed their work. Listen and marvel with us at the good, the bad, and the very bad, and the worse.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #1


Happy New Year, fellow Ricochetti. The ACF is introducing, along with our flagship movie podcast and the Middlebrow series, a Critic series. Our first guest is one of my favorites, Armond White, of NRO and Out magazine, formerly of City Arts and other venues. He is the gritty reboot of American criticism–the hero we need even, if not necessarily the one we deserve. No one is more counter-cultural and there is nothing more needful, because it is absent, than counter-cultural voices and thoughts. If you want to get to know a man who thinks of criticism as a vocation and whose love of American pop culture is both deep and spontaneous, he’s your guy.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Problems with Film Criticism


Hello, folks. I’m inaugurating a series on what’s wrong with movie criticism. We all the know the answer in advance: The problem is, movie criticism exists but doesn’t serve any purpose. Americans want to know whether they’ll like a movie or not but they will never trust critics on this. It’s can be solved by technology; we’d all rather have Cinemascore or even Rotten Tomatoes instead. Fair enough. Them’s the breaks…

But the other purpose of criticism is to have all our feelings expressed in a pithy or sentimental way, depending on our attitude to a movie. “There, that guy gets it, and now I can share his thoughts with other people, or quote him!” Again, fair enough, we all want clever speakers on our side.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #13 Political Conflict in Marvel and DC


I’m back with the second part of my long conversation with my friend Pete Spiliakos. We talked about girls becoming women in despite of society in ’80s movies last time. In the most surprising way, Pete picked horror movies to show social and psychological realism. Well, he hit it out of the park there, but then our conversation veered to the aesthetic, dramatic art and the political implications of the new business model of sequels and franchises. Like it or not, in an age of sequels and franchises, it’s no longer feasible to ignore the problem of sucky sequels.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #9: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman


Hello, folks, this week’s podcast completes last week’s discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a discussion of the DC superhero movies. My friend and PoMoCon coconspirator Pete Spiliakos joins me–he is a columnist at First Things and writes for NRO, too. You can take my word for it, he’s the kind of conservative we need to hear more of!