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
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.
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
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
For a long time, the rumors were persistent that Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine would be inspired by the Old Man Logan comics by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. It never made a ton of sense to me, unless the only bit of inspiration taken from it was the name (similar to Age of… Continue reading Why Wolverine: Weapon X Makes More Sense Than Old Man Logan
note: some spoilers There’s a huge reason Captain America: Civil War works and Batman v Superman doesn’t, and that’s emotional investment. I know Zack Snyder and DC/WB wanted to do thing their own way and not ape Marvel’s so far successful approach, but when you are rebooting two legendary characters and making significant changes, you… Continue reading Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War
If there’s a thing in comics fandom I hate right now it’s this adversarial tone a lot of the chatter takes on nowadays. A spirited debate is fun, no doubt, but this isn’t that, it’s just angry people shouting at each other. It’s there in sports now, video games, even politics. There are certain groups… Continue reading Stop making Batman v Superman about Marvel versus DC
I finally broke down and watched last year’s Fantastic Four debacle. It’s terrible, joyless and soulless in a way no movie with “Fantastic” in the title should be, let alone anything with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the DNA. You can’t blame the actors here – we know every one of them can act.… Continue reading How to Fix the Fantastic Four
I have some catching up to do, so you get some quick thoughts on some recent flicks. Avengers: Age of Ultron – The first movie was so successful, so it would’ve been difficult to meet expectations here. Ultron definitely was a half-step down but still had some great action and humor. Ultron himself could’ve used… Continue reading Lightning Movie Reviews – Ant-Man, Ultron, Minions
Took the kids to see this at an advanced screening, and had a blast. It is technically a Marvel movie, though the book is not exactly well-known. Consider this in the vein of How to Train Your Dragon, in that a lot of the same parts are there, but plenty was changed to work better… Continue reading Movie Review – Big Hero 6
This is my daughter, Mattie (and the back of my other daughter, Eva). The girls have taken on my love of comics, mostly due to the show Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. M is wearing her new Captain America hoodie which may be her new favorite possession. Upon seeing it in the… Continue reading The “For Boys” Problem