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Louis graduated from Fordham University, where he majored in English and theology and is now pursuing an MBA in Marketing at Saint Peter's University. He is an avid comic book and movie fan, and is the publisher of the Batman website From the Batcave, as well as co-publisher of NYCityGuys.
July 11th, 2013
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in a scene from the movie “The Lone Ranger.” (CNS photo/Disney)“There come a time, when good man must wear mask.” These words, uttered by Native American guide, friend, and partner Tonto as the introduction to The Lone Ranger, cut straight to the core of the film. In The Lone Ranger, Texas Ranger John Reid responds to the death of his brother by trying to bring the men who killed him to justice. Tonto, however, in favor of protecting not only Reid, but the people he cares about, suggests that in order to do this, he put on a mask, and adopt a new identity — that of the Lone Ranger. However, by the end of the film, these are not the only reasons that John acts as the Lone…
June 28th, 2013
A scene from the movie “World War Z.” (CNS photo/Paramount)This past weekend, World War Z opened with box office sales of $66 million, topping Mr. and Mrs. Smith as Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend to date. The film, based on the Max Brooks novel by the same name, stars Pitt as former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane, whom the U.N. calls to duty once again when the outbreak of a mysterious virus begins causing zombie-like infections in people across the globe. Lane’s mission is to aid in the discovery of a cure for that virus, and in exchange he is promised the safety of his family aboard a U.N. ship miles off the coast of New York City. Now, I’ve written about zombies previously for Busted Halo, but I assure…
June 20th, 2013
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound — painted from his early incarnations as an incredibly powerful savior to mankind, Superman has been compared to Jesus Christ time after time, and the case is no different in Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. In this film, there are overt references to the level of allegory present (in one scene, Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent sits in a church as the camera zooms in on his face, a gigantic stained glass window of Jesus acting almost as a mirror in the background), and then there are the bits and pieces of the allegory itself. Clark is sent to Earth as a child by his well-meaning father (“He’ll…
June 11th, 2013
“Danger is real. Fear is a choice.” Plastered everywhere on posters bearing the faces of the father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith, this phrase casts an ominous tone over their latest film After Earth. Yet while the tagline may initially seem foreboding, promising some “real danger” in the film, its second half also sends an uplifting message that rings just as true throughout the movie: “fear is a choice.” After Earth is the tale of Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith), a young cadet-in-training, and the father in whose footsteps he aspires to follow, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith). A thousand years after humanity’s destruction of Earth because of disrespect for the environment and mistreatment of resources,…
May 31st, 2013
Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in a scene from the movie “The Hangover Part III.” CNS photo/Warner Bros.)Love and marriage loom large in the Hangover series. After all, the core premise of these films is to jokingly illustrate the confusion that follows a night of drinking and partying, particularly a bachelor party, the typical wild night before the wedding for the groom. The original Hangover showed us the Las Vegas bachelor party of Doug (Justin Bartha) and the struggles that it caused his friends as they tried to find him in time to get married. The Hangover Part II followed a similar vein, depicting a bachelor party gone awry in Thailand for Stu (Ed Helms), and the wild search for…
May 14th, 2013
The Great Gatsby has been touted as many things: one of the contenders for the title of “The Great American Novel,” a flash game, and now, a summer blockbuster. But for all the things that The Great Gatsby has been, a good example certainly is not one of them.
May 9th, 2013
This past weekend, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 opened in theaters, earning $175 million in the United States. The story focuses on Tony Stark’s struggle to deal with the events of last year’s The Avengers as well as the new threat posed by a terrorist called the Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley). Yet below the standard hero vs. villain standoff we’ve come to expect of a summer blockbuster, Iron Man 3 offers a glimpse at not only the psyche of a superhero, but also at a core challenge that we face all too frequently in life: How can we reconcile redemption and revenge? There are several paths of atonement and vengeance showcased throughout the film, all centered around the “demons” Tony Stark claims to have created…
April 30th, 2013
Recently, the Vatican tweeted an article entitled “Holy Switcheroo! Batman has grown bitter, more vengeful with the years.” In it, Adam Shaw discusses the increasing darkness of the character since Bob Kane and Bill Finger created him in 1939. While the Vatican has stated that the tweet was an accident, the article nonetheless remains on the Vatican Communications website and Twitter feed. It also begs the question — in the growing darkness that surrounds Batman in all media (from TV and movies to video games and comic books) is there any room for light? The short answer, of course, is yes. Otherwise, this article would’ve been called “Batman Dances With the Devil in the Pale Moonlight”…
April 2nd, 2013
Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Sunday night, fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead celebrated the third season finale of the AMC TV show about reanimated corpses. Coincidence? We’ll see… Frequently, it’s joked around the internet that Jesus was the first zombie, even going as far as to re-dub Easter as “Zombie Jesus Day.” Unsurprisingly, the two terms have experienced a surge in popularity every year around Easter since 2006. However, there are a few key differences between Jesus’ resurrection and a zombie’s ascent from the crypt. Fish and flesh When you think of a zombie, what’s the first…
March 12th, 2013
With all the excitement surrounding the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, I was reminded of a certain fictional depiction of a papal conclave: Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, specifically the 2009 film version directed by Ron Howard. In Angels & Demons, Brown’s Robert Langdon (who is also the protagonist of The Da Vinci Code) finds himself once again embroiled in controversy regarding the Catholic Church, this time in connection with the death of the pope and a bomb threat against the conclave and Vatican City. Although Brown has been criticized for misrepresenting the Church, when recently re-watching Angels & Demons, I actually found that he isn’t that far off in regard…
March 6th, 2013
Having just won two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Sound Editing (and recently out on DVD, the James Bond film Skyfall is certainly in the midst of some media spotlight at the moment. But there’s another reason that Skyfall is particularly relevant right now -- the way its themes coincide with the season of Lent.
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