Thirteen years in the making, one year more than the gap between his previous two box office crushers, “Titanic” (1997) and “Avatar” (2009), James Cameron is back to do it again. His sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water”, comes to the multiplex, or IMAX, or Dolby, or RealD high frame rate – whatever version is… Continue reading ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ – An Unparalleled Cinematic Experience?
Marvel had an unenviable task with its sequel to ‘Black Panther’, one of the most, if not the most, celebrated comic book adaptations ever made. After the sudden and tragic passing of its star Chadwick Boseman, the speculation as to what Marvel/Disney would do ranged from recasting, to mantle passing, to canceling the franchise completely.… Continue reading ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – Can the Sequel Succeed Tragically Missing Its Center?
Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directing effort, “Don’t Worry Darling”, has arrived to theaters amongst some of the most discussed backstage turmoil on a feature film in some time. Cutting though the noise and nonsense is a difficult endeavor. The end result though is a competently made, if ultimately shallow attempt at a twisty thriller that’s neither… Continue reading ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ – Can Florence Pugh Save a Half-Baked Idea?
A Jordan Peele feature is an event in its own right. His films, all original stories and visions in the horror/comedy milieu, are challenging, expertly made, and peculiar in the best ways. It’s kind of shocking that he has found a pretty substantial audience which has allowed each movie to be bigger than the last.… Continue reading ‘Nope’ – Jordan Peele’s Take on a Close Encounter?
The MCU has been a bit hit and miss lately, the company’s self-proclaimed Phase 4 vacillating between back-tracking in history with established characters (‘Black Widow’), introducing new characters and mythos (‘Shang-Chi’), ambitious misfiring swings (‘Eternals’) and multi-dimensional sequel high jinks (‘Spider-Man’ & ‘Doctor Strange’). Now Taika Waititi presents a sequel of his own to ‘Thor’,… Continue reading ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ – Too Metal or Not Metal Enough?
Thirty-six years in the making. Granted it was supposed to be thirty-four, but a pandemic almost shut down the movies for good. The sequel to ‘Top Gun’, 1986’s Tom Cruise star-making performance as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, is finally here and it’s magnificent. The movie title’s clarifier is ‘Maverick’ for a good reason – this is… Continue reading ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ – Tom Cruise Saves The Movies?
With ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, Marvel/Disney drops its 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which now includes six series on Disney+, it appears that the almost always reliable super-franchise may have finally bitten off more than it can handle. Under the assured hand of uber-producer Kevin Feige, even lesser entries like… Continue reading ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ – As Unnecessarily Overcomplicated as Its Title?
It’s amazing how much the movie franchise arcs of Marvel and DC have mirrored their storied histories on the comic book front. DC’s got the characters and the classic storylines, but misses the cohesive build-up of a connected universe. For years, Marvel struggled to find its footing with no substantial cinematic presence, while DC had… Continue reading ‘The Batman’ – Against All Odds, Has DC/WB Done It?
In two words, Tom Holland, that’s how. In the 3rd film of the Sony/MCU hybrid trilogy in which he stars as the latest, and greatest, interpretation of the character, the actor proves why he is the perfect embodiment of what Peter Parker/Spider-Man means to generations of fans. The trilogy, wholly helmed by director Jon Watts… Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ – How the $&@! Did They Pull This Off?!
On paper it’s an intriguing idea – take a generally unfamiliar Marvel Comics Jack Kirby creation, married to a soon to be Oscar winning director, mix in some key ‘Game of Thrones’ actors and the show’s composer, and see what happens. This interesting mix of talent and source material had the potential to be either… Continue reading ‘Eternals’ – A Rare Marvel Misstep?