Report: Ben Affleck's Future As 'Batman' In Doubt

Report: Ben Affleck's Future As 'Batman' In Doubt

In a mere 24 hours, the Justice League cast, including Ben Affleck will take center stage at Saturday's San Diego Comic Con — But appearances can be misleading, this according to a source close to THR who alleges Ben may not be DCEU's Caped Crusader for much longer. The source with close knowledge of the situation says 'the studio [Warner Bros.] is working on plans to usher out Affleck’s 'Batman' — gracefully, addressing the change in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.'

Christopher Nolan Film Retrospective │ by Haydn Leigh

Christopher Nolan Film Retrospective │ by Haydn Leigh

Cultjer's Haydn Leigh looks back on the works of one of this generations great auteurs and one of his favorite directors - Christopher Nolan — Along with revisiting Nolan's filmography, Haydn's analysis provides a deep-dive into our auteur's 'dna' by highlighting Nolan's motifs, visual expression, and creative vision from 2000's neo-noir thriller Memento to 2014's sci-fi spectacle Interstellar. Altogether, Haydn wrote over 45,000 words and 8 reviews - which, words cannot adequately describe the amount of thought-provoking wisdom articulated here. Full reviews are linked below. Be sure to leave a comment and/or follow Haydn on Twitter: @HaydnSpurrell

Interstellar (2014) Review
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Interstellar (2014) Review

Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic falters at a few moments particularly in the latter part of its second act, but nevertheless manages to be an ambitious and powerfully told tale of a bleak future that’s soaked in a foreboding sense of realism.

'Shazam' is DC's Next Film Production, Eyeing 2019 Release

'Shazam' is DC's Next Film Production, Eyeing 2019 Release

Shazam formerly known as Captain Marvel is DC's next project. The character when saying "Shazam" transforms himself into a superhuman with strength, speed, flight, and other abilities. Shazam is an acronym for the six "immortal elders." The name Captain Marvel was ended in 2011 and changed to Shazam due to legal disputes from competitor Marvel Comics.

Death Proof (2007) - A Retrospective Review
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Death Proof (2007) - A Retrospective Review

"It's better than safe, it's Death Proof." — In 2007, filmmakers and longtime friends Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez embarked on an experiment that would look to pay homage to the double feature Grind House B-movies of the '70s with their trashy, exploitation driven themes and low production values. The project, aptly titled Grindhouse, would comprise of two main features shown back-to-back. Rodriguez's film, Planet Terror would be a schlocky, violent '80s style science fiction romp. Tarantino's segment, Death Proof, would pay homage to car films of the '70s such as Vanishing Point (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and White Lightning (1973) but with a good dose of the slasher flick thrown in for good measure.

Inception (2010) Review
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Inception (2010) Review

Conceptually, I can’t think of a film that has sparked my imagination in such a specific way as Nolan’s Inception. There’s much to be said of a filmmaker that’s given the leniency to go off and make an original film immediately after his enormous success with The Dark Knight. And Inception is a story Nolan sat on for the better part of a decade before finally putting it together.

The Big Sick (2017) Review
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The Big Sick (2017) Review

The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (You're Whole, Hello, My Name is Doris) and stars Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Adventure Time), Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks, What If), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age). The Big Sick is an early awards frontrunner, can a romantic comedy really compete in the awards race?

Woody Allen Retrospective: Manhattan Murder Mystery

Woody Allen Retrospective: Manhattan Murder Mystery

Woody Allen is one of those filmmakers known for having a large body of work, yet is largely only appreciated for a certain segment of it. With Woody, interestingly, there is not one universal segment of his films that people appreciate. Few will deny the masterpieces most often attributed to him, Annie Hall or Manhattan, for instance, but there are many camps of Woody Allen appreciation. One such camp proclaims Woody's earlier films were best. Another section of Woody Allen fandom declares his comedies are best, while yet another camp asserts that his serious films are superior. In a way, this speaks to Woody's prowess as a filmmaker, that he can impact so many audiences with such different portions of his filmography. What I'm here to advise against, however, is being overly dismissive of Woody's "lower tier" work. I can say without a doubt, as I've traveled halfway through Woody Allen's filmography, that I have been most floored by films that I have rarely heard others mention. Maybe that's simply human psychology at work and I was more impressed with them simply because they have largely flown under the radar, therefore, expected little from them. My theory, however, persists that Woody Allen is a filmmaker that doesn't get adequate credit for his body of work as a whole. Maybe Woody's problem of having about a dozen widely recognized classics to his name that many of his equally impressive work is overlooked is one I should be less sympathetic towards; I just can't help myself from donning the armor of Woody Allen defense at least one more time. Manhattan Murder Mystery, the 1993 installment of Woody's film-a-year output is simply sensational. There is as much artistically going on here as in Crimes and Misdemeanors, and dialogue as sharp as that in Hannah and Her Sisters. Starring, in my opinion, Woody's best screen partner Diane Keaton, as well as another pair of repeat co-stars, Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston, Manhattan Murder Mystery is a zesty look at the lives of a middle aged couple who suddenly become convinced that a neighbor in their New York City apartment building has murdered his wife. Not only is Manhattan Murder Mystery hilarious, but it's also a piercingly deep look at the lives of a married couple after their only child has outgrown the nest and they are left with the years-worn versions of each other to re-adapt to. Manhattan Murder Mystery is so much more than a "silly plot" in a "throw away" Woody Allen film, but rather, another brilliant attempt at decoding the human condition we are all born into by one of America's best filmmakers.

"The Last Tycoon" Review
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"The Last Tycoon" Review

Streaming service giant Amazon has taken quite an interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald. They debuted a miniseries earlier this year, "Z: The Beginning of Everything". It starred Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald and David Hoflin as F. Scott. Now comes Amazon's 9-part adaptation of the iconic author's final novel (published a year after his death), The Last Tycoon.

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