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Week in Review (April 1, 2016)

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Of all the white male things that I never really got into – Nirvana, soccer, Vineyard Vines, poker, casual racism, blatant sexism – the one that I thought I’d like is golf.

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Week in Review (March 25, 2016)

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It’s been a Batman week for me.

For my birthday, my wife (and kid) decorated the dining room in a Batman theme and gave me a Batman cake like I was turning 12 and not 36.

I also wrote a long piece on how Tim Burton’s Batman films are better in memory than in reality.

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Tim Burton’s Batman Films Are Far Worse Than You Remember

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From Deadpool to Captain America: Civil War to X-Men: Apocalypse to Suicide Squad, we are truly living in the age of the comic book film. Studios pour hundreds of millions of dollars into films that try valiantly to remain true to the source material and translate the artwork of a splash page onto a movie screen.

It wasn’t always this way.

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Films

Is That Really a Marvel Movie? On the Confusing State of Comic Book Films and Shared Universes

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Deadpool is a monster hit. It has shattered records and proven that an R-rated superhero film can not only work, but be a massive success. In everything I’ve read and heard, it keeps getting repeated that Deadpool is a Marvel film.

And that’s true…but it’s also false.

Huh?

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Greatness Podcast Rankings

My 10 Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2015

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We are living in the age of the podcast. Old media individuals (including the incomparable Howard Stern) may call them “losers” and scoff at audience size or ad revenue, but podcasts are both the present and the future. One look at the phenomenon of Serial proves that.

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Ben Affleck’s Student Film

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I am a Ben Affleck defender, so much so that my latest book was partially inspired by the fact that I wanted to defend him so I dedicated a chapter to him (the racial undertones in the hatred for his relationship to Jennifer Lopez are all too real). I think he’s underrated as an actor and he’s going to make a great Batman.

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“Batman Begins” Teaser Trailer [2004]

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It’s hard to remember now, but back in 2004, superhero films were bright, colorful, and a bit silly.