For the Love of Pop Culture: I know you …

Greetings, Gothamites!

It’s Thursday, Thursday, gotta- … actually, I don’t know what you’ve gotta do on a Thursday because no one has written a song about it that subsequently went viral. If you don’t get that reference, it’s probably for the best. 

Let’s dive into the run down for this week’s For the Love of Pop Culture. For those of you unsure what’s going on, you can check out the first post here for all the goss!


DCUAOM – Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
There’s a lot to love about the second film in the DCUAOM and a few things that are irksome. I love the fact that the film is set in the 50s so it takes out modern technology, introduces elements of the Cold War and shows an America scared of its heroes. The heroes have their flaws laid out raw in Justice League: The New Frontier and all of these things make for a much more mature film with less in it for the kiddies than Superman: Doomsday may have had. Those are the good points.

The main thing that irks me about Justice League: The New Frontier is that the voice acting is a bit dull. It’s almost as though the entire cast went on a three day bender with no sleep then jumped straight into the recording booth. Given how much of the cast seem underwhelmed about being there, it could well have been a directorial decision. But whatever the reason may be, I don’t dig it.

Overall though, I really do enjoy Justice League: The New Frontier. It shows a grittier side of the animated universe and, even though I miss the Justice League banter, it stands up well alongside other classics in the collection.


Disney – Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty celebrated its 60th anniversary last week, so it seemed like a great time to check in with Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip and the fairies — both good and evil. Sleeping Beauty is a timeless classic, with a sweet tale of true love prevailing over evil, a beautiful soundtrack and iconic characters.

And, of course, they all live happily ever after. Except Maleficent. And Diablo.

What more could you want from a Disney Princess movie?


B-grade movie – Deep Blue Sea (1999)

While maybe technically not a b-grade movie, Deep Blue Sea has the cheesy dialogue, the giant killer sharks with insatiable appetites for revenge and human flesh, and the inconsistent monster size. All in all, it’s a fun time for anyone who loves movies about giant, mutant and/or genetically engineered sharks.

Plus, it has one of the best timed deaths in cinematic history. 


IN PROGRESS: Stephen King – Firestarter

I started Firestarter this week, but was distracted by Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids. I’m about an eighth of the way through Firestarter so will do another update next week. 


What do you think, Gothamites? Have you seen any of the movies on this week’s For the Love of Pop Culture? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter. 

– CJ

7 replies »

  1. Justice League New Frontier, I’ve seen that and love it. Although some of the voices don’t suit the characters they’re playing. Feel slightly off.

    Also I’ve seen Deep Blue Sea and it is…I seen the film. That’s enough haha

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    • I must admit, I’m a little surprised you didn’t comment about the opening paragraph XD

      I agree about the voices and it’s only compounded by the fact that they all seem like they had other places to be.

      Three giant sharks, outsmarting half a dozen people – what more could you possibly want from a film? :p


    • I know! I’m still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that The Little Mermaid is 30.
      You should treat yourself. I must admit, I have two different DVDs and digital copies of all of the Disney Princess movies. But I will probably still buy the anniversary edition of Sleeping Beauty.


  2. Love Deep Blue Sea!
    Renny Harlin knows how to do fun B-grade Schlock and have enjoyed a number of his films (Cutthroat Island is awesome- f*** all the haters! 🙂

    Saw Sleeping beauty a long time ago and don’t really remember it but I think its remake Maleficent is a beautiful film. I know a lot of people groaned at the idea of a villain made good but I absolutely loved that about it and loved Angelina’s performance.

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    • Deep Blue Sea is awesome! I haven’t seen Cutthroat Island, but I will add it to my TBW list.
      Maleficent is a great movie. Fairy tales get twisted all the time, but it’s usually to make the good guys evil so I don’t see why the villains can’t be given a bit more depth and humanity.


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