I understood Brian DePalma’s Mission: Impossible the first time I saw it in theaters.  I had no trouble following Chris Nolan’s brain-twister thrillers (Memento, The Prestige, Inception).  It was work, but I more-or-less ‘got’ the core narrative beats of LA Confidential and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  But by golly John Carter is a confusing muddle of a movie.  There has been all kinds of hand-wringing about the film’s rather large… Continue reading Review: Confusing and Unengaging, John Carter Makes Avatar Look Like, Well... Avatar.