Writings

Here we have collected a number of writings over the years, some submitted to professional websites, now restored and gathered in one place for your convenience. All articles are collabs unless otherwise noted.

 
 

Mini-Review: Red Riding Hood (1st Trailer)

By Douglas Rusley

Originally published to Examiner.com on December 24, 2011

We’ve all heard the saying “life imitates art” or “art imitates life” when our real lives start to resemble movies or vice versa. But what’s really weird is when the thing being imitated is parody...

Mini-Review: Battleship (1st Trailer)

By Douglas Rusley

Originally published to Examiner.com on November 12, 2013

I suppose Jerry Bruckheimer is to blame for this noise. Before Pirates of the Caribbean, nobody thought a theme park right could make a viable... 

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Mini-Review: The Lone Ranger (2nd Trailer)

By Douglas Rusley

Originally published to Examiner.com, December 14 2013

Will Smith was riding a wave of success in the mid-90’s. Then he teamed with a director he’d worked with before to make a big, expensive summer blockbuster...

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Superhero Trilogies: The Threequel Curse

By Kevin Rusley

Originally posted to Examiner.com, 19 July 2012

The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters this week, but first, let’s take a look back at some other superhero threequels that couldn’t quite stick the landing...

EDITORIAL: 7 things that a Batman TV series could do better than the movies

By Kevin Rusley

Originally posted to Examiner.com, January 6, 2013

We've seen what Batman can do on the big screen. Here are seven reasons why I want to see what he can do on a smaller one.

EDITORIAL: Why a Batman live-action TV show is a good idea

By Kevin Rusley

Originally posted to Examiner.com, November 29, 2010

There was a bit of a stir with last week’s completely unconfirmed and probably false rumor about a possible Batman television series after the completion of Christopher Nolan’s film trilogy, which will conclude with the release of The Dark Knight Rises in July 2012...

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Hulk (2003) Review

Originally posted to Justice Bulletin, June 2012

Throughout the 80s and 90s, it wasn’t unusual to see comic book superhero movies and TV shows that deviated wildly from the source material or got dumbed down for a wider audience. Things started to turn around with the boon of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies. This is one of the reasons why Ang Lee’s Hulk is such a peculiar oddity. Rather than the usual hack director or apathetic studio messing with the material, it was an artist doing the same thing for decidedly artistic reasons...

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Blade (1998) review

Originally posted to Justice Bulletin, August 2012

There was next to zero expectation for Blade upon its original release. The standard for comic book superhero films during that period was resting comfortably between mildly amusing and unwatchable. Blade even followed the same pattern as many of the crappy superhero movies of its era. It used a little-known C-list hero, it didn’t follow the comics, it employed a first-time director on the cheap...

 
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Blade II (2002) review

Originally posted to Justice Bulletin, August 2012

Blade II, hitting theaters a full 4 years after the first film, had the difficult task of recapturing the seeming lightning-in-a-bottle success of the original Blade, which lit up the box office in the late-90s and had the distinction of being the first successful big budget film starring a Marvel Comics hero. The result, helmed by acclaimed horror director Guillermo del Toro, is as worthy a sequel as we could hope for...

 
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Blade Trinity (2004) Review

Originally posted to Justice Bulletin, August 2012

The first two Blade films are incredibly sure of themselves. They reek of coolness in a way that’s almost effortless. They had stunning action scenes backed by tight narratives and cool concepts. It’s especially disappointing that the third and final entry Blade Trinity is such a slog to get through. Its plot is dull and meandering, the characters are obnoxious or just plain flat, and the villains are flimsy and stale...