Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Joyous Victory Lap for the MCU

I’m of the persuasion that there are basically three types of superhero yarn. The first is the Chosen One, God on Earth, who defends the weak masses from fantastic threats–so, your Superman. The second is the descendent of noir, detective stories, a melodrama that can Read More …

Independence Day: Resurgence Doesn’t Quite Resurge

Quick, think about the movie Independence Day. Now I don’t care whether you hate this movie or love it, some iconic image popped into your head just now. The saucers eerily hanging above cities. The Empire State Building being obliterated from the top down. F-18s Read More …

Finding Dory is the Godfather Part II of Cartoon Fish Movies

I never subscribed to the idea that The Godfather Part II was better than its predecessor. The first film gave us more iconic scenes and characters, and it had the meat of the story. It stood completely alone, a story about family and country, epic Read More …

Captain America: The First Avenger Built the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Going into the first Captain America—a movie starring Chris “Fantastic Four” Evans and directed by Joe “Jurassic Park III” Johnston—my expectations were absolutely nil. Like everyone else, I’d been entranced by Iron Man and intrigued by the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor. Bringing Read More …

Carol‘s Humanist Values are Timeless [Review]

Some would say that period stories depicting universal compassion and good faith are inauthentic. Todd Hayne’s Carol, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, belies this notion. A drama about same-sex love in pre-Stonewall New York sounds like an inevitable high tragedy, but Carol employs this expectation and subverts Read More …

Star Wars: The Radio Drama Adds Audio Texture to a Far Away Galaxy

The Star Wars radio drama (available here) is a pretty fascinating artifact. Adaptation from one medium to another is always fascinating, but this is a rare case of a newly successful form of media (the blockbuster film) being adapted into and attempting to revitalize a dying Read More …

Mind the Gap: You’ve Never Seen The Magnificent Seven?

We at Deadshirt like to fancy ourselves pretty dedicated to popular culture with a combined knowledge of all things media that borders on the encyclopedic, but no one is perfect. There’s just too much music, too many films, too many comics, and way too many television episodes Read More …

The Year of Star Wars: The Star Wars Shows Us the Original Blueprints

Dark Horse’s eight-issue limited series The Star Wars is a fascinating exercise: a direct adaptation of the first complete draft of the screenplay that became Star Wars: A New Hope. The series is many things: a swan song for Dark Horse’s Star Wars franchise, a Read More …