Films Opinion

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


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.

Films Greatness In Appreciation of

In Appreciation of: “Once Upon a Time in America” – The Best De Niro Gangster Film You’ve (Probably) Never Seen


This was a murdered movie.

So begins Roger Ebert’s home video review of Once Upon a Time in America, the final film from legendary director Sergio Leone.

Week in Review

Week in Review (January 22, 2016)

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The snow is coming.

Films Lists

21 Acclaimed Films I (Still) Have Yet to See


Note: I originally published this in early 2016 and in the 18 months since, I still have not seen any of the films on this list, including the two most recent Best Picture winners. The list continues to grow…

When my wife and I first started dating, I lived in Philly and she lived just outside New York City. Every week, we would meet halfway and have dinner before seeing a movie. For that year, I saw everything, including Batman Begins two or three times.

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Posters of All 8 of Quentin Tarantino’s Films


Quentin Tarantino has come a long way from his 1987 amateur film, My Best Friend’s Birthday. He’s a genius and an auteur and when he stops making movies, it will be a loss for us all.

Week in Review

Week in Review (December 18, 2015)


Sisters, the new film starring Tina Fey Pierznik and Amy Poehler, comes out today and I don’t know why.


The Evolution of Quentin Tarantino Films


Jim Casey has a great YouTube page full of fascinating videos, but my favorite is this quick look at the way Quentin Tarantino’s films have evolved over his career, from his amateur film all the way to now. And it’s only four minutes.

Documentary Tuesday

Documentary Tuesday: “Paradise Lost” [1996]


In 1993, three eight year old boys, best friends, from West Memphis, Arkansas were found murdered and hogtied. Although there was very little evidence (and several other more plausible suspects), three teenagers were arrested, charged, and ultimately convicted of the murders, which the prosecution claimed occurred as part of Satanic rituals.

Films What If

What If: Film Edition

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It is often said that so many things need to go right on a movie set that it’s amazing that any films survive long enough to make it to the theater. Also, many scripts and plans take years to develop with various directors and actors becoming attached to productions before dropping out of them and pursuing other avenues of work.

Here is a short list of just some my favorite what ifs in the film industry:

  • What if Will Smith had not turned down the lead roles in The Matrix and Django Unchained?
  • What if Marvel Studios had not let Jon Favreau cast Robert Downey Jr. as the lead in Iron Man?
  • What if Quentin Tarantino had gotten his dream cast for Pulp Fiction?
  • What would The Dark Knight Rises had been if Heath Ledger had lived?
  • What if Jim Carrey and Steven Spielberg had made Meet the Parents (Carrey is the one that came up with the last name of “Focker”)?
  • What if Jack Nicholson had not turned down the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather?
  • What if Francis Ford Coppola had not waited so long to make The Godfather Part III?
  • What if Robert Duvall’s salary demand not have prevented him from starring in Godfather III?
  • What if Robert De Niro hadn’t dropped out of the role of Frank Costello in The Departed?


  • What if the ending of I Am Legend not been changed?
  • What if Molly Ringwald had not turned down the lead role in Ghost?
  • What if Leonardo DiCaprio had not turned down the role of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights?
  • What if Forrest Gump had been made with any of the studio’s first three choices as the titular character – John Travolta, Bill Murray or Chevy Chase?
  • What if Brad Pitt had played the lead in Memento?
  • What if David Lynch had directed Return of the Jedi?
  • What if Lucas had let others direct (and write) the prequels?
  • What if Brandon Lee and River Phoenix had lived?

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

Documentary Tuesday

Documentary Tuesday: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives” [2015]


In the mid-to-late ’90s, Warner Brothers began development of a revival of Superman. Kevin Smith even wrote a script for it before Tim Burton became attached and brought in his own writers. He immediately cast Nicholas Cage as Clark Kent and there are rumors that Jim Carrey was in talks to portray Brainiac.

The project never took off for a variety of reasons, a major one being the fact that Batman & Robin was so awful that Warner Brothers decided to remove itself from the entire comic superhero universe for a few years. So Joel Schumacher, who has made some great movies in his life, ruined not only Tim Burton’s Batman franchise but also his Superman franchise.

Still, this is a fascinating film about a film that was never made. Seeing Nicholas Cage with the giant S logo on his chest and listening to what they had planned makes one wonder how it all would have turned out.

Update: The film has been ripped off YouTube so here’s the trailer:

Previously in Documentary Tuesday:

Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.