‘Captain Marvel’ has been a long time coming. As the first female-led superhero movie set in the MCU and possible deus ex machina for Thanos’ apparent victory in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, it also carries a lot on its shoulders. These expectations are perhaps a bit too much for what is ostensibly a prequel of the… Continue reading ‘Captain Marvel’ – Marvel’s Powerhouse Suffers a Bit of Prequel-itis?
‘Fighting With My Family’ is a movie based on true events surrounding the discovery of WWE (that’s World Wresting Entertainment for the uninitiated) wrestler Paige. She was the first to hail from across the pond in England, but what is most notable about her backstory is that she came from a whole family of amateur… Continue reading ‘Fighting With My Family’ – An Oft-Told Tale Done Right?
The Academy Awards have always left much to be desired. This year the headlines were all about the debacle of a host-less show, failed attempts to jigger with the proceedings, and a couple of problematic nominees (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ & ‘Green Book’). The categories omitted from the ceremony were put back in and almost all of… Continue reading Liam the Kid Alterna-Oscars – Best Movies of 2018
A science fiction movie about an alien invasion titled, ‘Annihilation’, conjures up thoughts of a Michael Bay action extravaganza, not a heady, deliberate think-piece with lofty ambition and moments of abject terror, but that’s exactly what Alex Garland’s film is. This is the follow-up to his heady, deliberate sci-fi thought provoker, ‘Ex Machina’, although this… Continue reading ‘Annihilation’ – A Meditative, Disturbing, Sci-Fi Wonder?
‘Vice’ is satire of the highest order, and like any good satire is equal parts hilarious, disturbing, and ultimately, sobering. Buoyed by incredible performances, writer/director Adam McKay skewers a U.S. power structure defined by a GOP long con perpetrated on the American people, symbolized in the figure of one man, former Vice President and public… Continue reading ‘Vice’ – Is Adam McKay the Satirist of our Time?
Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan has had one of the most maddening careers of any auteur in recent history. His meteoric rise and subsequent fall out of favor has been well documented, coupled with profiles that have painted him as a narcissistic Hitchcock/Spielberg wannabe, but with 2016’s hit (and sly ‘Unbreakable’ sequel), ‘Split’, it had appeared his back… Continue reading ‘Glass’ – An Interesting, yet Confounding, Critique of Comic Book Culture?
Every year the rules, the very definition of media evolves. As individuals and households continue to cut the cable cord, streaming services and studios are reinventing the nature of content. The lines between movies, television shows, and mini-series continue to blur and morph into something new and exciting. If competition breeds higher quality, the race… Continue reading The Best Television of 2018 – What defines TV in the Streaming Age?