A Love Letter to DCEU Fans: We Did It!


By: Amanda Guarragi 

To my fellow DC fans, I salute you, because we did it. The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement is a massive success and in 2021, on HBO Max, we will finally see our beloved Justice League come together as it was intended. Zack Snyder hosted a Man of Steel watch party today on the platform Vero, which he uses quite often. In his commentary, he discussed the choices he made in each scene in a very detailed manner and it showed how dedicated he was to bringing fans the best version of Superman. It was so much fun to watch because he gave his audience important information and pointed out a couple of easter eggs.

Zack Snyder has always created beautiful films that are deeply rooted in the source material. Most importantly, he has fun on set because he loves the material so much. Zack Snyder is a great director because he is also a fan of the content. When he was describing Superman’s first flight and showing his storyboards, you could feel how much love went into those scenes. Today was a very special day because towards the end of the film, Henry Cavill made an appearance and talked about how he felt putting on the suit. It was a great moment, considering we haven’t really seen Henry Cavill, let alone him speaking about the Snyder Cut, but I always knew there was a plan in place.

After 4 long years of being extremely vocal about Warner Brothers releasing the Snyder Cut of Justice League, it was finally confirmed from the man himself. At the end of the livestream, Zack and Deborah Snyder had a couple of fans join their Zoom call with Henry. This also proved that Zack has a very close relationship with his fanbase and loves having discussions with them. He answered all their questions, including the one in regards to the Snyder Cut. At first Henry, Zack and Deborah laughed. Zack awkwardly said, “It’s out of my control. It’s not up to me.” then he started talking about a tiny flash drive, that he left in a bathroom stall somewhere, to try and divert the question.

At that point, I thought we were duped. I thought there would be no announcement because he was diverting the question, but Henry came to the rescue. It fell silent for a moment and then Henry said, “You know what, I think I’d like to see it.” and Zack answered, “Oh, really? Well I can’t just show it but I can do this.” Zack then turns the camera to his big screen, where he was watching Man of Steel on, and this showed up.

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courtesy of HBO Max

Beautiful right? The moment we’ve been waiting for and he announced it in the most Zack Snyder way. Everything started with Man of Steel and Zack’s version of Superman. It all started with Henry Cavill. Superman hasn’t risen yet because Zack Snyder’s Justice League hasn’t been released. It was only fitting that Henry, Zack and Deborah would all join together to make this announcement. The internet pretty much exploded today and all DC fans are beyond happy. My Twitter timeline took me back to a time where we were gearing up for Justice League and it gave me that same feeling today. All the friends I have made in the DC community and the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement has truly been amazing. We went up to bat for our director and now his vision will finally be complete.

It is a very emotional day for so many people. This community has been through so many bad moments but our love for these characters and these films helped us push through. We have constantly been under fire and we have had to defend these films for the past 4 years. It has been a very long journey but it was definitely worth it because today, today we made history. To everyone that used the hashtag, to everyone who defended these films and these actors, this couldn’t have been possible without you guys. We have been a team since SDCC in 2015, ever since we saw the footage for Batman v Superman. We went through all the criticism and the hatred together, but we stuck to our guns and made the impossible happen. Today is for all of you.

To Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, on behalf of the whole fanbase, thank you a million times over for your love and dedication to these characters. The DCEU would not be the same without you guys. You have all made comic book films that deeply resonate with so many people around the world and with characters that have been iconic throughout history. You have all built the foundation for the future of the DCEU and we truly can’t wait to see what comes next.

Whether Zack Snyder’s Justice League, is a six episode television series, or a three hour epic released on HBO Max, we will all be there on the very first day it is released, watching it because it’s going to be a big moment. Hope is what got all of us here and that’s why today is overwhelming, especially by watching Man of Steel. It’s not an “S”, on Kal’s planet, it means hope. The definition of hope, the feeling of it and having it payoff, is what today is.

Weathering with You Review

 


By: Amanda Guarragi

Weathering with You, created by Makoto Shinkai, is a beautifully made Japanese anime, about human connection with the world. Shinkai utilizes every inch of the frame and the space created when sketching his world. He captures the cycle of life and how time is more important than any of us realize.

The film begins with young Hina Amano (voiced by Nana Mori), saying goodbye to her mother, as she passes away. The final days leading to her mothers death, Tokyo had been under heavy rainfall, so Hina continuously prayed for one day of sun. She was able to have one day of sun but it came with consequences, unbeknownst to her. After her mother’s passing, Hina has to support her younger brother Nagi (voiced by Sakura Kiryu), by getting a full time job.

Then we meet, the high school runaway, Hodaka Morishima (voiced by Kotaro Daigo), who has left his family for a better life in Tokyo. On his ferry ride to Tokyo, he almost gets thrown off the ship, due a brutal storm that hits, nearly knocking the ship over. Hodaka is saved by Keisuki Suga (voiced by Shun Oguri), he gives him his business card incase Hodaka ever needs him. Hodaka then ventures into Tokyo, alone, in order to find his own way, not realizing that living on your own comes with many responsibilities and expenses.

The city of Tokyo was under heavy rainfall for months, the people of Tokyo did not know how to handle the rain anymore and things seemed bleak for the townspeople. After experiencing some minor setbacks, Hodaka finally called Keisuki and began working for his company. As he worked alongside Keisuki and his assistant Natsumi (voiced by Tsubasa Honda), they come across the myth of the “Sunshine Girl”. The myth states that there is a young girl, who has the power to summon the sun.

The film is more than a fantasy adventure, it integrates the lack of interest from every community towards global warming and its many warnings. The heavy rainfall in Tokyo caused many floods and eventually, due to the cold weather dropping, in the middle of August, caused some light flurries. There is definitely a human connection with the Earth, but as time passes, we realize that we truly have no control over these natural disasters and what we choose to fill our time with, ends up controlling us.

Time is another important aspect of this film. Humans rate time by spending it with those we care most about and when we run out of time with our loved ones, humans do not seem to care about anything else. Time runs in different ways, especially the concept of time between spaces. The time we spend on Earth is just as valuable as the time we spend with our loved ones, it should be rated in the same way and Shinkai, truly makes his audience contemplate how convoluted the value of time can be.

It’s a very emotional film once Hodaka and Hina meet. I truly didn’t expect to be so overwhelmed with the concept of the “sunshine girl” but the sentimental meaning of losing a loved one, definitely pulls at the heartstrings. The sketches and the colouring were absolutely stunning and it really brought the piece together. Shinkai also raises the question of “How far are you willing to go for someone you love?” and I think it’s executed in such a flawless way.

This was my first Japenese Anime film that I’ve ever watched and I’m really happy I tried something out of my usual range. Director, Bong Joon – ho was right when he said, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Decade in Review: The Best Films from 2010

The time has come to reflect on the past ten years of filmmaking. There are many notable films that changed the course of film criticism, box office and the entire moviegoing experience.

Here are my top picks from 2010…. 

  1. Inception 
    dir. Christopher Nolan
    starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine and Tom Hardy 
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  2. The Town 
    dir. Ben Affleck 
    starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm
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  3. The Social Network 
    dir. David Fincher 
    starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer 

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Best Animated Feature:
Tangled
dir. Byron Howard & Nathan Greno
starring: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi tt

Best Franchise Film: 
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 
dir. David Yates 
starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs and Julie Walters. 

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Best Comedy: 
Easy A
dir. Will Gluck 
starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Dan Byrd, Lisa Kudrow and Patricia Clarkson

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Best Horror Film: 
Black Swan 
dir. Darren Aronofsky 
starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder and Sebastian Stan 

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Shazam! Advanced Screening Review

Yes.

5 stars.

David Sandberg has created the perfect superhero movie.

We see 14 year old Billy Batson, played by the wonderful Asher Angel, trying to locate his mother. Billy has been to many foster care homes and has left every single one of them in order to find his mother. When Billy gets to Philadelphia, everything changes as he meets his new foster family. He is apart of a wonderfully diverse group of kids who are all genuine, feisty and innocent.

David Sandberg gave us a film that was based on love and magic. There was such a uniqueness to his direction and I can’t even explain how he executed this to perfection. The humour was witty and refreshing, it was integrated properly and didn’t take away from serious, heartfelt moments. This film was so well paced that I did not want it to end. From beginning to end, the story was so simple that it flowed effortlessly from scene to scene. The Shazam! score felt like the character… similar to wonder woman’s, aquaman’s and superman’s, it added so much more to the fight scenes. The combat choreography was imaginative and the special effects were incredible! Literal perfection.

The casting was genius. Asher Angel as young Billy Batson was comic book accurate and then having the ball of energy that is Zachary Levi as his older counterpart was perfect. Asher and Zachary both created their own version of Billy Batson and for the amount of times they came in and out of character, it was seamless. Both of them should get endless praise for this characterization because it is the best I’ve seen. I want to mention Jack Dylan Grazer who did a wonderful job creating Freddie, his chemistry with Asher and Zachary was so pure and natural! All of the kids were wonderful together and they have a bright future! Mark Strong was also a fantastic first villain for Shazam!

I won’t spoil anything but the ending made me so very excited for the future of Shazam! I haven’t left a movie this happy in a while and I know I’ll be watching this 50 times over. This is possibly my favourite cbm of all time and I know that’s saying a lot.