This week we’re taking a look at perhaps one of the most hated films in the Zack Snyder filmography: Sucker Punch. It’s been dismissed as exploitative, and has been derided for its depiction of women. It also features more special effects, explosions, and those darn slow-mo shots people keep making fun of all the time online. So, what if we told you that the Extended Cut solves most, if not all of those problems, and that maybe some of those problems were but projections of an already biased audience? Let’s get into it, shall we?
When you get a chance you should also check out the following youtube video which shares a lot of similar thoughts and explains what Snyder was going for and why there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Welcome to the end…..of our Alice in Zombieland series! It’s been quite a ride, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Bryan, Joel “I Didn’t Think Of A Nickname For You” DeWitte, and Matt “Zombie Dog” Dykes are joined in spirit by Graham “Maybe a Specter?” Mason to look at the series as a whole and how it has impacted the culture at large. They also preface this finale with a look at the Monster Hunter movie, which can only be described as a continuation of the party that Resident Evil started.
Here at Behind the Hype we’ve decided that it’s time to take a deep dive into one of the more divisive filmmakers out there today: Zack Snyder. People either love his work or hate it, and no matter where you fall on that spectrum you can’t deny that he is a visionary filmmaker. We’re going to be discussing his “Snyder Cuts” this month, starting this week with his “director’s cut” of Dawn of the Dead.
The DC isn’t all that much longer than the theatrical version and it doesn’t significantly change the quality of the movie, but it’s an indicator of what’s to come for this filmmaker and hopefully gives some insight into how he approaches his films. Special shout out to James Gunn, who wrote the film and paired so well with Snyder. Seriously, they should work together again.
While we’re sad to bring our month of Showa Era Godzilla films to a close, we’re glad we picked Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla as our last film to discuss. It’s got ape-like aliens trying to conquer earth, interpol agents disguised as muckraking journalists, a musical number, and a monster named King Caesar who helps Godzilla kick the ever-loving ish out of the titular villain. Try not to grin like a goof-ball at any given moment. We dare you.
Also in this episode we discuss plans for next month. Here’s a hint: Director’s Cuts.
When your co-hosts all live in different time zones, scheduling can be a bit of a beast. That’s why for this week we’re going to do some housekeeping and talk about the upcoming “Alice in Zombieland” finale as well as discussing what the next series will be about. We also have some recommendations for you so stick around for that.
The next film in our month of Showa Era Godzilla films is Destroy All Monsters, which features all your favorite monsters and then some as they terrorize all the major cities of the world. But what has caused them to go on such a unified rampage? Aliens. That’s right, an all-women race of aliens called the Kilaaks have bent all the monsters to their will and it’s up to a fearless space captain to set things right. To say that this film is a blast is a bit of an understatement. It may not be as uniquely humorous as Son of Godzilla, but it’s still a great time at the movies.
We continue our delightful dive into the Showa Era Godzilla films this week with the energetic Son of Godzilla. It’s a cheeseball film that delights in the silly antics of its titular character and only really manages to stumble when it comes to the human story. The costumes, props, puppets, and miniatures are in top form here and it’s hard to not watch this with a grin on your face. This one goes out to all you reporters out there who parachute to mysterious islands to find the big stories.
We did it folks! We’ve made it to the last movie in the “Alice in Zombieland” series: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Join our heroes Bryan Dressel, Joel “Alex Wesker” DeWitte, and Matt “Zombie Dog” Dykes as they break down a really fun conclusion that’s definitely better than the movie that came before it.
Godzilla is such a pop culture icon that we thought it would be a great idea to dive into some of his more iconic outings this month on Behind the Hype, starting with the third film in the series: King Kong vs. Godzilla. Apart from one problem spot, the film is quite a delight and features everything fun you would expect from a showdown of two pop culture titans.
Welcome to another exciting episode of Binge Buddies, with co-hosts Bryan Dressel, Joel “Leon S. Kennedy” DeWitte, and Matt “Zombie Dog” Dykes. Our heroes have reached the second movie in what they’ve coined the “Umbrella” trilogy, as part of their “Alice in Zombieland” series. The movie this week? Resident Evil: Retribution. It’s the cinematic equivalent of eating a sandwich made of bananas “about to go” between two slices of french toast. Enjoy!