When the Marvel Cinematic Universe first kicked off with 2008’s Iron Man, there was nothing like it. A brand new universe filled with updated versions of our favorite comic book characters, played by some of Hollywood’s hottest (or soon-to-be hottest) actors. It’s easy to forget how different it was back at the beginning than it… Continue reading Not Everything in the MCU is For You
We watched Black Widow a little while ago, and it was fine! Solid action, and the new characters were great. Especially Yelena. There’s just one problem with the movie – there’s no reason for it to exist in the MCU, except for setting up other shit. The character of Black Widow is currently dead (and… Continue reading Marvel’s Black Widow Problem
“LUPIN!!!” shouts Interpol Inspector Zenigata as the crafty thief outsmarts him and escapes yet again. It’s a classic scene required in any movie about a master thief. Lupin III: The First follows the eponymous thief as he attempts to steal the Bresson diary, which links back to his own past via has grandfather, Arsene Lupin,… Continue reading Movie Review – Lupin III The First
I think most of us know that Stan Lee’s legacy at Marvel for comics is fraught. Who truly created what, who deserves credit. That’s covered elsewhere, like the obituary/profile linked above. I’d like to talk about Stan’s place in my life, as a budding geek who wasn’t sure of his place in the world. Millenials, for… Continue reading Rest in Peace, Stan Lee
I actually saw Venom not long after it came out, and I’m a bit amused at how well it’s done. It is a deeply weird movie. At times feels like half of it is missing. Why does the symbiote decide to “help” Eddie Brock save the Earth? It must not matter, because they don’t tell… Continue reading Movie Review – Venom
The first Jurassic Park is a classic. Plenty of tension, action, humor. When we have fond memories of this franchise, that’s the movie we’re all thinking of. As you move forward, they decline rapidly in quality. Most of the good feelings you have for The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 are due to Jeff Goldblum… Continue reading Movie Review – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Not to spoil too much, at it’s core Black Panther is also filled with family drama, but also powerful political statements. From the drop this movie has something to say to you about the inequality that drives our modern world.
Oof, where to begin? I come to Netflix’s adaptation of the Death Note manga not from any sort of fandom. It’s one I was dimly aware of, but haven’t read or watched any of the anime. I was interested mostly because of the “Willem Dafoe voicing a death god” angle. Having watched it now, I… Continue reading Movie Review – Death Note (Netflix)
I really loved Spider-Man: Homecoming, though I can see why there were a few people who didn’t. It’s not what you expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not exactly. Sure, it’s a superhero story, there’s Iron Man flying around, supervillains with crazy weapons, the usual. But it is counter-balanced by teen drama (and comedy) which is a bit of a shift compared to the rest of the MCU.
We saw an early screening, and I’m happy to report director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is everything DC should be doing in all of their movies. It’s epic in scope, as befitting one of DC’s trinity of heroes. It’s does something interesting with Diana’s origin, managing to homage both her classic origin and the more recent… Continue reading Movie Review – Wonder Woman
Illumination’s latest movie, Sing, is a song and dance you’ve seen before. Heck, the Muppets have done it twice at least. Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey as a Koala) grew up loving the theater, and eventually (with financial help from his blue-collar dad) he buys a theater. Buster’s not very good at running it, though, so… Continue reading Movie Review – Sing
I saw the Scott Derrickson-directed Doctor Strange over the weekend, and enjoyed it a lot. It’s not going to unseat any of my favorite MCU movies (currently Iron Man, Winter Soldier, Guardians and Civil War) but it was a fun if familiar tale. I’ll get all the non-spoiler notes out of the way first: the… Continue reading Movie Review – Doctor Strange