MAN OF STEEL Review

My review of MAN OF STEEL (because why not) **SPOILERS**

by Dave Diaz


I enjoyed Man of Steel (I think it was better than Iron Man 3.) They could’ve edited down that straight hour or so of the big climatic-action-mega-sequence (yes I know it’s technically 2 or 3 sequences but it was really one huge “under edited” sequence). That alone was like half of the movie. As it’s been a problem with this type of film as of late, more story should have been fit in and some of the action spared. It is especially crucial with this film where the story that was being told was so captivating and well told (even if the Krypton prologue sequence was probably too long as well). I get it, if Earth was being destroyed by aliens there would probably be as much if not more destruction (even if probably all the people in Kansas and in that immediate area of Metropolis aka New York City would have actually died if this were real life. Especially all those people Superman told to go back into their homes in Kansas. They’re definitely goners.). But there was still some overkill. Really Superman do you have to really go out of your way to crush General Zod into another building after like fifty of them were destroyed? As I was watching this I was thinking, ‘If I was playing a drinking game where I had to take a shot every time a building was destroyed I would not survive this game.’ 

But anyway, I digress. The film finally reeled itself in after the climatic battle and gave us an ending that redeemed the film. (Btw kudos to Superman and this movie for that kill at the end. **Not much of a spoiler. You know the bad guy’s gotta die.** I know you guys wanted to go darker with Superman, but I couldn’t have expected this. Even Batman, the supposedly more conflicted and more interesting character in the DC universe with his “kill no man” code couldn’t even pull off something like this. I don’t want to use the wrong wording here but this movie really wanted to test Kal-El’s spirit and limits and boy did it ever.) 

The light touch in the final two scenes (1. Superman discussing the government’s trust issues after he just literally saved their’s and his world, and 2. the even more delectable final scene of him attaining his alter ego of Clark Kent: Daily Globe reporter) harkens back to a Christopher Reeve era Superman, with a more apt tribute than the entirety of Superman Returns.

So in the Superman film where literally almost every scene was physically and thematically testing Superman’s limit, more so than any Superman film in the past, this one on merit and many other qualities can stand alone along the pack. It is the best Superman film in 33 years, perhaps even the best in 35 years (since 1978 when Christopher Reeve first donned the blue tights and red cape). This film isn’t perfect. It isn’t even a perfect superhero movie. But it’s the Superman movie of our times and the one we deserve. And Henry Cavill, as the Superman aka Clark Kent aka Kal-El of our era, is definitely worthy enough to step into those red boots. (The supporting cast was definitely worthy enough too. The team behind the film, especially writer David S. Goyer and composer Hans Zimmer, were aces as usual. Except for director Zack Snyder when he gets too trigger happy and explosion crazy.)

P.S. - A little bit of a head scratcher here. Aren’t both Metropolis and Gotham supposed to be New York City? If these towns are both part of the same DC universe then isn’t there a conflict here? I mean, I could be wrong. I’m not a comic book reader. I’m just reviewing the film and the story that was presented to me.

Two MUST SEE documentaries: #bully and #theinvisiblewar. Very eye opening and heartbreaking insights into two unfortunately often ignored subjects: #bullying and #rape within the #military. These issues can not be sugar coated or glossed over anymore. (Both documentaries are on #netflix.) #picstitch #documentaries #importantissues #change #spreadtheword #film #moviejunkie #bethechangethatyouwanttosee

Two MUST SEE documentaries: #bully and #theinvisiblewar. Very eye opening and heartbreaking insights into two unfortunately often ignored subjects: #bullying and #rape within the #military. These issues can not be sugar coated or glossed over anymore. (Both documentaries are on #netflix.) #picstitch #documentaries #importantissues #change #spreadtheword #film #moviejunkie #bethechangethatyouwanttosee

Side by Side at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center/Film Society Lincoln Center Amphitheater. GREAT DOCUMENTARY. Every filmmaker and film lover has to watch this. Film vs Digital. It doesn’t really answer the question but makes great cases for both, and gets you excited for cinema’s future . Riveting stuff. #sidebyside #lincolncenter #filmsociety #film #digital #filmvsdigital (Taken with Instagram)

Side by Side at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center/Film Society Lincoln Center Amphitheater. GREAT DOCUMENTARY. Every filmmaker and film lover has to watch this. Film vs Digital. It doesn’t really answer the question but makes great cases for both, and gets you excited for cinema’s future . Riveting stuff. #sidebyside #lincolncenter #filmsociety #film #digital #filmvsdigital (Taken with Instagram)

Wine from the master himself, Francis Ford Coppola. #coppola #wine #francisfordcoppola #napavalley (Taken with Instagram)

Wine from the master himself, Francis Ford Coppola. #coppola #wine #francisfordcoppola #napavalley (Taken with Instagram)

The two best filmmakers to come out of the 1990’s are, without a doubt, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson. Paul Thomas Anderson films get better and better, and that’s saying a lot because most of his films are undisputed classics. With Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood being among the short list for best film of the 90’s and 00’s respectively. This is his sixth film and it looks to be one that will continue in that trajectory. Can he make a film better than “There Will Be Blood” and can this be it? It definitely seems to have that potential, with two dynamite actors - and (future) legends if I might say so myself - in Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Damn it used to be that I would kill to be able to go to LA, and then I kinda got over it because of the stories I would hear from film people whom I’d met that had lived there. They got disillusioned with the town after living there for afew years (the fakeness, the opportunism, etc.) But, I must say after seeing this trailer for “The Canyons” directed by screenwriting legend Paul Schrader (one of the most romantic homages to Hollywood I’ve seen in a while) I might be giving that some second thoughts. This made me think back to the California from “Californication.” Hank Moody’s California (it’s no coincidence that he’s originally from NY either). New York City will be my favorite city and place to live in until the day that I die, but the romanticism shown here seems to be beckoning me.

The Film of All Films (Taken with instagram)

The Film of All Films (Taken with instagram)

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

Filmatic5 (Taken with instagram)

Filmatic5 (Taken with instagram)

This was my first film ever.

PLEASE PLAY IN 1080p HD :)

The Cut - Directed by Dave Diaz
(Silent Short Film)

Starring
Dave Diaz as The Customer
Jose Fernandez as The Barber

This was my first project produced at the New York Film Academy. It’s the mise-en-scene project. The point of this was to tell a story in one shot, in about thirty seconds. No sound.

Written, Directed, Produced & Edited by Dave Diaz

Director of Photography
Mauricio Farias

Crew
Adriano Torres
Marry Zerkowski

Produced at the New York Film Academy 2011

THE CLOSE CALL - Directed by Dave Diaz (Silent Film)

PLEASE WATCH IN 1080p HD :)


Starring
Adriano Torres as The Pervert
Marry Zerkowski as The Girl

The Pervert is looking for his next victim. The Girl just wants to read her book.

This was my second short produced at the New York Film Academy. It’s a two minute silent film. The point of this project was to learn continuity editing (no jumps in time).

A Filmatic Production

Written, Directed, Photographed, Produced & Edited by Dave Diaz

Crew
Adriano Torres
Marry Zerkowski

Produced at the New York Film Academy Oct. 2011

I’M BACK!!!

Hey ladies and gents. I am back and Filmatic Productions is back in full effect. Please check out my final film from the New York Film Academy Oct. 2011. Please play in 1080p HD :)

My previous two projects to that will be posted soon. Keep an eye out for those.

The following film was my final film produced at the New York Film Academy in October of 2011. It is a montage video accompanied by music.

PLEASE PLAY IN 1080p HD :)

A Filmatic Production

Written, Directed, Produced & Edited by Dave Diaz

Director of Photography
Mauricio Farias

Crew
Adriano Torres
Marry Zerkowski

"Runnin’" Peformed by The Pharcyde
***I do not own this song.***

Produced at the New York Film Academy Oct. 2011

Starting at the New York Film Academy today. They own my life for the month. Fun times ahead!

Starting at the New York Film Academy today. They own my life for the month. Fun times ahead!

Under Construction, To Be Continued…

I probably won’t be posting much “bloggy” stuff anymore. I want to keep this site almost exclusively for my work, which may take a while to come, but it will come. Keep you all posted. Coming soon. Let’s call it “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” for now.