X-Men: Apocalypse is a confused, bloated, mess of a film.
Above, this may be the best view of all: You can see exactly how the camera is mounted for the shot. The set-up is indeed designed to camouflage that there is no actual hole in the "bank wall." I didn't know exactly why it was done this way when I originally saw the movie, but I had a hunch. Again: It's not a debacle, it's not a Crime Against Cinema, it's a directorial (or budget) choice. Take it for what it is. Then again, it's also a failure of imagination. They can do wonders with opticals and CGI these days (see the astonishing, virtually invisible Digital Domain work on "Zodiac"). Watch the "Zodiac" footage. Or build a bigger/deeper add-on set. Why settle for less?
Here you see one full take, and some of the vehicles returning to positions afterward.
After the jump: Better glimpses of the flats used to extend the building and provide the "hole" in the exterior wall of the Gotham bank...
Separating the artist from the art isn't as easy as it sounds.
This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...
Part two of Jana Monji's essay about the portrayal of Asian characters in cinema.
Reviews from Cannes of Cristian Mungiu's "Graduation" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon."