Tag Archives: Marvel

Black Panther (2018) Movie Review

In Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadewick Boseman) takes his rightful place on the throne as the king of Wakanda, following the death of his father during the events of Captain America: Civil War. However, some people, particularly a man by the name of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), seeks to challenge this crowning.

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The film is the latest in the increasingly robust Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is the first of three in 2018. And, of the 18 MCU films, it Continue reading Black Panther (2018) Movie Review

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok is a messy film. It’s main villain Hela (played with scenery-chewing glee by Cate Blanchett) is side-lined for most of the film. As is Asgard, the place that is in mortal danger from the Goddess of Death that is Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) sister.

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Do not be fooled. This is the main conflict of the film’s plot. Although, for the most part, Thor and pals are relegated to another world entirely.

Thor and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are left stranded on this planet, Sakaar, but they are stranded in Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Movie Review

2002. B-Movie horror crowd-pleaser Sam Raimi brings the iconic friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the big screen.

2012. Following two Raimi Spider-Man sequels—one to great acclaim and one ill-fated—Sony revamps their comic book property with Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

2015. It becomes public knowledge that Sony and Marvel Studios reached an agreement to bring the red spandex, arachnid-based superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Now, 15 years after his first big screen appearance, Spider-Man (Tom Holland, in this instance) makes Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Movie Review

Summer 2017 Movie Release Preview: July

July. There are movies. Some of them are big. Some of them will suck. Must I go on writing preamble?

 

July 7

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Do we need another Spider-Man movie? He was my favorite comic book character as a child. Then I grew older and cynical and found out about Watchman and The Killing Joke. Either way, my inner child is sick of Continue reading Summer 2017 Movie Release Preview: July

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Movie Review

On a planetary system called The Sovereign, the Guardians of the Galaxy defend some golden batteries from a large squid monster. Upon success of this task, the golden inhabitants of the planet that houses these golden batteries pay the Guardians. They then chase them down violently when it becomes evident that one member of this indelible crew, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), stole some of these batteries for his own gain.

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This long diversion about batteries aside (and, yes, batteries take up a large portion of this film’s narrative), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is about Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Movie Review

Trailer Rundown: Thor: Ragnarok

These days, it is hard to get one’s cynical blood pumping over a superhero movie.

I’m still not getting my hopes up. But…

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The new teaser for Thor: Ragnarok dropped today, and boy is it a romp. Thor gets Continue reading Trailer Rundown: Thor: Ragnarok

Trailer Rundown: It, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian

Reboots. Sequels. Reboots of reboots that had sequels.

Then there’s Valerian and the City of Long Movie Titles. Oh, that’s a comic book adaptation? At least it looks pretty.

Luc Besson (“legendary director,” according to some marketing campaigns) has a new film coming out this year. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (do the 1,000 planets have cities? do those cities have planets inside of them? we may never know).

Besson is best known for a great crime film, The Professional, and a slightly over-rated, imaginative science fiction cult hit The Fifth Element. He also made Lucy, but let’s not talk about it.

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Valerian looks like a spiritual sequel to The Fifth Element. The new trailer for the film, admittedly, looks quite beautiful on a computer generated level.

There is also no reason to believe that the film will hold up in Continue reading Trailer Rundown: It, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian