Shitty Movie Detail: Dark Phoenix

Jean Grey facepalm or headache? Or both?
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FT, Fartiste Theater’s frankenthing mascot.

**Spoilers**
In the Greek myth of the phoenix, after a long life the magical bird dies, usually in a burst of flames, and a new bird resurrects from the ashes, symbolizing renewal in the cycle of life. Dark Phoenix gives a subtle nod to the folklore by having Jean Grey, the titular phoenix, die in a spectacular explosion but then goes dark and gritty. Rather than rising from the ashes, an elite private school is named in Jean Grey’s honor, symbolizing the filmmakers didn’t give a shit about the mythology, the comic source material, nor the audience.

Shitty Movie Detail: Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla coming on shore.
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FT, Fartiste Theater’s frankenthing mascot.

The addition of “shin” in the title has many meanings, which is clever wordplay on the writer’s part. In Japanese it can mean things like “new,” “true,” and “god.” In English it refers to the part of the body that connects the ankle bone to the knee bone, just like in the hit song Dem Bones (“shin,” in English, is pronounced “leg,” the s is silent).

Shitty Movie Detail: Spider-Man Far From Home

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FT, Fartiste Theater’s frankenthing mascot.

Little Ralphie was so traumatized by the pink bunny outfit, he grew up to be a super villain scientist. This is a subtle nod that homemade clothing from aunts and/or grandmothers are a terrible burden on society as well as the children. Oh, won’t someone PLEASE think of the children!

Shitty Movie Detail: It Chapter Two

Pennywise floating down from Paul Bunyan’s shoulders using a bunch of red baloons.
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FT, Fartiste Theater’s frankenthing mascot.

At one point in the film Pennywise is sitting on Paul Bunyan’s shoulder holding bunch of his trademark red balloons. This is a subtle nod to the foot condition, bunion, a homonym of Bunyan. By using this sophisticated linguistic slight-of-hand, filmmaker Andy Muschietti reinforces how horrible Pennywise is because It can move around, causing pain in areas other than one’s feets.