Summer movie season has come and gone for 2015. Around this time of year people start looking forward to the primary Oscar competition, but we at LTBM would like to take a moment and reflect on the summer movies.
Review by Elliott
Dr. Horrible – A lot of guys ignore the laugh and that’s about standards. I mean, if you’re gonna get into the Evil League of Evil, you have to have a memorable laugh. What, do you think Bad Horse didn’t work on his whinny? His terrible death-whinny?
So I’m sort of cheating this week, since this technically is not a movie, but that’s ok. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (DHSAB) was created as a short online video series during the writers strike of 2008. I heard about it a long time ago, but never looked into it until about 2 months ago, while writing my review of Stardust. In fact I was about half way through Stardust, when I found the it on Youtube. Needless to say it was 45 min later before I started watching Stardust again.
DHSAB was created by Joss Whedon (Avengers, Buffy, Firefly) and his brothers Zack and Jed. It’s part musical, part comedy, and all awesome! It was released online as three 14 minute episodes. The Whedon brothers goal was to create an inexpensive but high quality show in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. The strike is long over, but you can still watch it online for free. Here’s a link to it on Youtube: DHSAB. Continue Reading
Rant by Amber
No matter how many times the plays of William Shakespeare are performed—whether on stage or on screen—we never tire of them. The plays endure thanks to the universalism of Shakespeare’s themes and the humanity of the characters he created. By examining the dramatic differences in two film adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing—namely, Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film and Joss Whedon’s 2012 film—we see that there seem to be as many ways of adapting Shakespeare’s works as there are creative minds to adapt them. The differences in these two adaptations arise from the directors’ fundamentally contrasting approaches: Branagh’s is decidedly theatrical, while Whedon’s is truly cinematic. Continue Reading
Director/writer/producer Joss Whedon has become known and beloved through a number of action-packed movies and television series, including the Avengers movies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. But in his 2012 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon applies his unique vision and a more subtle approach to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies (sans superheroes and vampires).