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?
‘No Time To Die’, the long delayed 25th film in the decades old James Bond franchise comes to theaters with an enormous budget and a blast of explosive excitement courtesy of the first American director for the series, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and departing Bond himself, Daniel Craig. The Craig era has been marked by an… Continue reading ‘No Time To Die’ – Exhilarating Finale for Craig, Now What’s Next?
Marvel Comics have been around for a long time now, and their comic book characters, historically a diverse palette of heroes coming from all areas and realms of imagination, have evolved and changed through the times. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe now moves into its Phase 4, a seemingly even more ambitious version of the… Continue reading ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ – Kung Fu the Marvel Way?
It’s been a long time coming, for a few different reasons both in and outside of Marvel Studios’ control, but a stand-alone ‘Black Widow’ film finally arrived in theaters. While the movie doesn’t absolutely break the MCU formula, it definitely challenges it in interesting, and quite frankly, darker ways. Scarlett Johansson gets her solo due… Continue reading ‘Black Widow’ – Marvel’s Closest Bond Analog Yet?
Reviews for each installment in this series of films almost always start out with some iteration of, “check your brain at the door”, “suspend your disbelief”, etc. This certainly applies to the most recent entry originally dubbed simply ‘F9’, that has now inexplicably acquired a ‘The Fast Saga’ qualifier, despite the fact that none previous… Continue reading ‘F9: The Fast Saga’ – Where Can’t This Franchise Go?
A lot has happened since 2017’s disastrous release of ‘Justice League’, DC/WB’s attempt to keep up with the Joneses of Marvel/Disney. Much ink has been spilled on the tale of Zach Snyder’s step down helming JL due a family tragedy, the non-handoff to a now blacklisted Joss Whedon for fostering a toxic work environment during… Continue reading “Zach Snyder’s Justice League” – An Epic Ramble or Justice for DC?
It’s like playing a broken Disney record, but Pixar has done it again. Their latest wonderful release, ‘Soul’, which went straight to Disney+ on Christmas Day after the pandemic caused a delay from June, is an existential exploration of the human spark, filled with laughs and emotion. The movie is a creative blend of a… Continue reading ‘Soul’ – Is Pixar Even Pretending It’s Making Movies For Kids Anymore?
It pains to say, but the follow up to 2017’s spectacular ‘Wonder Woman’ is an abject colossal failure. It’s truly hard to understand what went wrong, but very little works in the sequel, subtitled ‘1984’. At first the promise of a basically immortal protagonist having clandestine adventures in various eras seemed promising. Director Patty Jenkins… Continue reading ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ – An Indecipherable Absolute and Total Failure?
It’s hard to fathom that an over 40-year-old franchise could still have the capacity to surprise, but somehow Disney and the creators behind ‘The Mandalorian’ were able to do it for eight straight weeks in 2020. Maybe it’s the unfathomable year that was, which resulted in an audience primed for the wonder and spectacle provided… Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 – A Christmas Miracle for the Star Wars Franchise?
David Fincher may have found a permanent home at Netflix, which has to this point indulged his whims on projects that many studios may have passed on. None more so than his latest feature film, ‘Mank’, a beautifully crafted exploration of old Hollywood that not only attempts to recreate the experience of watching a film… Continue reading ‘Mank’ – A Brilliant Film that’s Impenetrable Without Context?