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James Gunn Got His Soul Crushed By His Hero Martin Scorsese But He Took It Like A Champ

That's why you never meet your heroes in person or hear their comments about your work.

It goes without saying that legendary director Martin Scorsese knows what he’s talking about when it comes to movies. Still, that hasn’t stopped the internet from coming after him following some controversial comments about Marvel films and cinema.

In an interview with Empire (via Screen Rant), Scorsese was asked for his opinion about the behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his comments get fanboys raging because he considers Marvel films to be more akin to “theme parks” than “cinema.”

Best get those pearl necklaces and comments about a 76-year-old man who’s made several cinematic masterpieces knows nothing about cinema:

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.

“It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.

Unsurprisingly, Marvel nerds everywhere did in fact have some issue with Martin Scorsese’s comments. Some were reasonable responses of the “I disagree but he’s a frigging genius so I respect his opinion” while others were, well, let’s just say a little less respectful.

But perhaps the best response to Scorsese’s came from Marvel veteran, James Gunn.

The Guardians of the Galaxy director considers Scorsese to be one of his all-time favourite filmmakers and hearing a hero of his trample over his work with Marvel is akin to removing one’s soul from their body.

But like how Taika Waititi responded beautifully to Todd Phillips’ tone-deaf comments about comedy, Gunn’s response on Twitter to Scorsese’s critique was beautifully measured and poised:

And that, folks, is how you handle getting crushed by your personal hero: with respect and grace rather than salty quips.

So here’s what we’ve learned from this little Martin Scorsese/Marvel/James Gunn saga:

  1. Scorsese doesn’t like Marvel films
  2. Scorsese is perfectly entitled to his own opinion and it doesn’t detract from his own legendary body of work
  3. James Gunn got mauled by a personal hero but handled it like a champ.

Marty almost certainly put himself out of contention to direct a Marvel film ever, but we suspect he’s going to be fine based on the career-best buzz he’s been getting for his newest film, The Irishman, and all this nerd-rage will likely provide him inspiration for his next masterpiece.

The Human Centipede Director's New Movie Is Somehow Even More Vile

What on earth goes on in Tom Six's head?

There have been some terrible movies made over the last few decades but Tom Six’s The Human Centipede trilogy is in its own category of filth. Sewing a bunch of people mouth-to-anus is a pretty messed up idea as it is but seeing it play out on film is something otherworldly level of vile altogether.

Well folks, we’re about to get a new Tom Six masterpiece that’s somehow just as – if not more – vile as The Human Centipede trilogy and it doesn’t even include any mouth-to-anus scenes (as far as I know anyway).

Called The Onania Club, Tom Six’s latest anti-magnum opus revolves around a woman who has an uncontrollable urge to, uh, fap to real-life scenes of violence, trauma and death. Next thing you know, she ends up joining the titular Onania Club, which basically consists of other women who also have seriously questionable fapping tastes, but things escalate from problematic to outright distressing as the women start staging actual tragedies to masturbate to.

Yeah look, there’s no dancing around it, it is some seriously twisted crap and one must wonder what goes on through Tom Six’s head when he comes up with “movies” like The Onania Club.

While we’re viewing The Onania Club as something we wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, Six sees it as a film about “schadenfreude.” According to a press release (via Indiewire), he claims it is a “social commentary on the ever-growing political correctness in the privileged Western world and the hypocrisy of that.”

And just to make sure he means business, Six described the film as “part ‘Sex and the City’ on evil steroids and part pure, pitch black, comedy” so make of that what you will.

Reading between the lines, it seems like Tom Six made a “film” decrying today’s “woke culture” (which isn’t a thing) as a way to make something unapologetically offensive while telling people they’re not allowed to get mad at it because it’s art. He and Todd Phillips must be friends or something.

Regardless of Tom Six’s (limited) capabilities as a filmmaker and storyteller, at least The Human Centipede was an original – and gross – concept. The Onania Club is nothing more than a B-grade rip-off of David Cronenberg’s Crash, which in itself was twisted enough.

As for when The Onania Club is coming out, there’s no release date yet but look, does that really even matter at this point? It’ll come out when it comes out and it’ll almost certainly be ranked alongside The Human Centipede as something that exists as a “movie” only on paper.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker Will Answer A Question No One Asked Or Wanted

It's the midi-chlorians thing all over again.

We’re in the homestretch before Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker comes out and official info about the film is finally starting to slowly trickle out. That being said, some of the new tidbits are giving rise to new questions, such as “umm, why?”

Chris Terrio, co-writer of The Rise of Skywalker with J.J. Abrams, revealed to Empire that their Star Wars film will ask two big questions: who is Rey and how powerful is the Force?

The first question is understandable given how that’s essentially been the driving force for the entire sequel trilogy, so much so that the amount of theories and “deep dives” into Rey’s lineage is enough to fill another trilogy in of itself.

But as for the second one about how powerful the Force is? Well that’s a question literally no one asked or wanted an answer to.

Part of what helps suspend our disbelief about the Force is that it’s not entirely explained and we’re free to use our imaginations to fill in the blanks however we see fit. We’re told enough information outlining the broad strokes of how the Force works to not need any more clarification.

And besides, explaining the Force will give us another “midi-chlorians” situation all over again and no one is exactly keen to dig up that piece of Star Wars lore again.

Look, I’m probably jumping to conclusions a bit prematurely here and there’s every possibility J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio will have a good answer to the “how strong is the Force?” question.

But seeing as how The Rise of Skywalker has to wrap up plot points from eight previous films, such as how Maz got hold of Anakin/Luke’s lightsaber and the space elephant in the room that is Rey’s parents, it feels like a deep dive into how the Force works is a detour we don’t really need.

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