Here we are, hip-deep into summer movie season. The Avengers have avenged, Mad Max has traveled down that Fury Road, and San Andreas is about turn California into a pile of CGI rubble. So far I’m mostly underwhelmed. The biggest buzz among the popcorn set so far has been for Mad Max. But as easy on the eyes as that film was, I just wasn’t buying Tom Hardy as a suitable heir to Mel Gibson in the franchise. After all, if you took the Max character out of the film, you’d basically still have the same film. Which is a problem. Call me crazy, but I thought the under-the-radar John Wick delivered just as much, if not more, giddy action-movie mayhem. Disagree? I want to hear from you.
It’s not that I’m some sort of monocle-wearing art-house snob who can’t appreciate the senseless pleasures of the warm-weather months. I’ve been in love with summer blockbusters since my parents first took me to see Jaws on my sixth birthday in 1975. Since then, some of my most glorious movie-going memories have been set in June, July, and August, whether it was Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, or The Sixth Sense. They may not always get the attention of Oscar, but these are movies that get us thinking about the things that really matter. Like, “Why did Han shoot Greedo first?” “Has there ever been a better villain than Hans Gruber?” And, “What’s better, Alien or Aliens?” Again, I want to hear from you here.
All of this is my long-winded way of introducing the new Critic’s Mailbag column on EW.com—a no-holds-barred forum where you can send me your most heated film queries, contrarian opinions, surliest fighting words, and attempts to stump a professional if you’re into that sort of thing. (I am, so fire away!) It’s all pretty self-explanatory really. Just email your questions to me at CriticsMailbag@ew.com, send me a tweet at @ChrisNashawaty, or comment below. Then, every Tuesday, we’ll sort through the mailbag and respond to as many of you as we can.
And for the record, the answer to those three questions above? 1. Because he’s Han freakin’ Solo and he won’t be shaken down by Jabba’s scum 2. Come on, the guy has the same tailor as Arafat! 3. Clearly, Aliens.
Okay, let’s get to it: Send me your best rants, raves, arguments, and challenges.