Tripping Through Gateways


Martin Scorsese is most known for his gritty portrayals of the American underworld. But something that has often come up in his career is references to his Catholicism.  This comes to life in Silence, the story of two seventeen century Catholic Missionaries who go to Japan to find their missing mentor.  There are reports he has apostatized, which the two young men reject.  They see it as impossible that the man that… Read More

Spider-Man has the distinction of having been rebooted three times in the last fifteen years.  Both the Raimi Films and the Marc Webb films have good points.  Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a high point for super-hero themed films.  But they also never quite fully got Spider-Man as a character.  Maguire’s Peter Parker could be to goofy, while Garfield’s Peter was to moody and mopey. Sony hit some hard times, made all the… Read More

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was pretty much greenlit before the previous film was released.  Sony has been trying to make their Spider-Verse work…and to date they just cannot seem to find the footing.  Spider-Man 2 was not just a sequel, it was meant to set up other films, such as a Sinister Six film.Which means the film is packed with villains. We meet the Rhino, though he is only in the film… Read More

After Spider-Man 3 had it’s tepid response, Sony tried to cover it’s butt.  They had Raimi developing a fourth Spider-Man film…and 500 Days of Summer Director Marc Webb (the humor there was not lost on anybody) was developing another Spider-Film.  Sony decided to go with Marc Webb’s version and dumped the entire Raimi version.  Webb promised this would not be a reboot, even though it would have an entirely new cast.  In… Read More