(Photo by Warner Bros./ courtesy Everett Collection)All 8 Zack Snyder Movies, Ranked by TomatometerDirector Zack Snyder was among the frontlines in the battle to bring back the zombie, his 2004 Certified Fresh remake of Dawn of the Dead nestling in snugly with the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Land of the Dead. But it was with his second feature that he developed a signature style: 300, combining a comic-book palette with unflinching machismo and fetishistic style. The adaptation of the Frank Miller comic was a pop-culture phenomenon, and helped establish the gritty Warner Bros. look on comic-book movies that started with V for Vendetta and was furthered by The Dark Knight.There was no stopping Snyder now, as he next tackled Watchmen, once thought a graphic novel too dense and troubling for film. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole and Sucker Punch were stepping stones into the world most know Snyder for: As the creative guide behind Superman movies, and the DC Extended Universe beyond. Man of Steel was a big enough box office hit for the studio, and if audiences had some qualms about the direction of the character, their curiosity was nonetheless piqued for the next movie.That would, of course, end up being the biggest title bout of comicdom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ben Affleck put on the suit, the first to do so after Christian Bale in his Dark Knight trilogy run, and went mano-a-mano with Henry Cavill. A single word may have put this quarrel between two mama s boys to bed, which opened the path to the next movie referred to in BvS s subtitle. Justice League arrived, pulling in Gal Gadot, who would go on to make the Certified Fresh Wonder Woman, and introducing the new movie versions of The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Justice League s disappointing Tomatometer and box office have made Release the Snyder cut! a clarion call for the online hordes, referring to the supposed three-hour version of the movie that existed before studio executives and meddling forced it down to its current 120-minute runtime.Snyder has since lessened his presence within the DCEU (he s still a producer on Wonder Woman 1984), and is returning to where it all began with Army of the Dead, an upcoming Netflix movie starring Dave Bautista about mercenaries who pull off a heist in Vegas during a zombie outbreak. And now, we re pulling a heist ourselves as we sneak into the past and bringing up every Zack Snyder movie ranked by Tomatometer!
Montreal’s Fantasia Festival has become one of the most essential festivals in the world for genre fans. Typically unfolding over weeks, this year’s event went hybrid, presenting films virtually to fans of the festival while also hosting limited-capacity events in person in the wonderful Canadian city. What didn’t change this year was the quality of the line-up. While a lot of festivals in 2020 have had to shutter almost entirely, the team behind Fantasia presented a fascinating array of genre offerings, including world premieres from major directors and virtual appearances from cast and crew. Somehow, Fantasia still produced buzz in 2020, emblematic of a festival that always fought against the norm and refused to allow genre voices to be silenced. With dozens of films premiering over roughly two weeks, there was a little bit of something for everyone. Here are 12 to pay attention to when they find their way to your neck of the woods, physically or digitally.
nt when it comes to an epic face off between these two legendary Titans! Jimmy O, JoBlo s Movie NetworkGodzilla vs. Kong is ok I guess, sorta. Lots of cool s**t if that’s your bag. Rodrigo Perez, The PlaylistHow does it compare to the others in the franchise?Easily the best in the series! John Nguyen, Nerd ReactorDefinitely the best of the MonsterVerse. Megan Peters, ComicBook.comGodzilla vs. Kong is the best of all the recent Godzilla and Kong films. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentThe final battle is the most satisfying brawl we’ve had from this franchise yet, putting the camera where I’ve always wanted to see it in Godzilla movies. Brad Gullickson, Film School RejectsWay more entertaining than the two previous MonsterVerse movies with Godzilla in the title. Eric Goldman, IGN MoviesThe plot, human characters, and the lore explanations are the weakest in the modern franchise unfortunately. Rob Keyes, Screen RantKong: Skull Island Godzilla King of the Monsters Godzilla vs. Kong. Germain Lussier, io9.comRyan FujitaniWill diehard kaiju fans love it?I had a total blast with this movie. It gets wonky and weird in all of the places a monster movie like this should. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlendIt absolutely delivers on the Kaiju thrashing. Brad Gullickson, Film School RejectsHow does it look?Godzilla vs. Kong is a visual spectacle featuring jaw-dropping fight scenes between the two iconic titans…this film is a blast! Shannon McGrew, Nightmarish ConjuringsThis movie is selling a spectacle, and that’s exactly what audiences will get. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateThe visual effects along with the fight scenes are absolutely spectacular in every way. The film feels like an amusement park ride. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentThe colors! This world is so bright and colorful that it s hard not to love looking at it. One scene feels like something out of a top tier theme park simulator; and that s a huge compliment. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendHere’s the utmost praise I can give a movie like Godzilla vs. Kong: it is a coherent movie with daytime fights and I could always see what was going on. I truly mean that as a compliment. Mike Ryan, Uproxx(Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)What about the plot?The story is crazy ambitious and at times achieves some unique sci-fi-coolness. I’d watch it again for that stuff. Germain Lussier, io9.comWe re getting closer to a balance between story and spectacle, and I m optimistic of what the MonsterVerse future could bring. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendThere’s one storyline that feels very extraneous, but otherwise I was into it. Eric Goldman, IGN MoviesWill we care about the humans?The human story complements the monsters adventures, allowing them to shine. John Nguyen, Nerd ReactorGenuinely affecting (the little girl’s relationship with Kong is the most emotional aspect of any of these movies). Drew Taylor, ColliderNewcomer Kaylee Hottle is the heart and soul of the film. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentSome of the human characters actually work. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlendGodzilla vs. Kong spends a little more time with the human characters than I cared for, but it never really tries too hard to take them or anything else too seriously. Brandon Davis, ComicBook.comStill don t think they ve nailed how to incorporate human characters, but the top-notch ensemble helps. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderThe human parts are still bafflingly bad. Vinnie Mancuso, ColliderMost of the human angles are so overstuffed, illogical and pointless, it constantly took me out of it. Germain Lussier, io9.com(Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)What if we re only interested in the giant monster battles?The fights are epic. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendAs expected and probably as it should be the titan fights are the best parts of Godzilla vs. Kong. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderThe kaiju action is what fans have begged for and will fulfill their need for action. Megan Peters, ComicBook.comJust seeing the two iconic monsters battling each other is worth it alone. John Nguyen, Nerd ReactorIf you’re chiefly looking forward to seeing Godzilla and King Kong collide in a fight for the ages, you won’t be disappointed! Adam Holmes, CinemaBlendThe parts where one giant monster wallops the other giant monster in the face are incredibly good. Vinnie Mancuso, ColliderThe Tokyo scene, in particular, which features lots of neon lights is fantastic. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentDoes one of the titans shine more than the other?The heart of the story is Kong. John Nguyen, Nerd ReactorKong feels more central and man did I love him in it. Eric Goldman, IGN MoviesThis movie proves Kong lovers right. The far superior character. Rodrigo Perez, The PlaylistThey each have scenes that showcase their power. Steve Weintraub, Collider(Photo by Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)Are there any other major problems?It feels like some stuff is missing, and it flies by on a greased rail. But that s part of why I love it so much. Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendWish it felt more like a MonsterVerse capstone, but I like it for the movie it is. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendMore time could have been used to explore this franchise’s deeper mythology. Adam Holmes, CinemaBlendIt s another retrofitted and pared-down for the masses course correction, with most of the world building absent and little reason for its existence beyond preemptive promises. Scott Mendelson, ForbesWill it leave us wanting more?I am going to watch this movie every day it is available on HBO Max, turning the volume on my television up a little bit every time. Vinnie Mancuso, ColliderI will be watching Godzilla vs. Kong many more times. Megan Peters, ComicBook.comGive us more Monster Verse movies! Mike Reyes, CinemaBlendGodzilla vs. Kong opens in theaters and streams on HBO Max on March 31, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.