Thanos: Not Deep Enough

Thanos: Not Deep Enough

[Warning] Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War

It is so strange to me that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I am 30-years-old, meaning my age was somewhere around 20 or 21 when Iron Man came out.

I am surprised the movies have made it as far as they did. When Iron Man came out, there had already been a string of disastrous superhero films, most of which were based off of Marvel properties.

With the exception of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Most of these movies were pretty crappy. Some were delightfully so, in particular the Ghost Rider franchise. But most were painful.

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The spirit of vengeance in all his glory

Somehow Marvel made what looked to be just a passing fad in cinema into something more. Now, a gajillion dollars later, Marvel stands as the most powerful force in film making. Continue reading “Thanos: Not Deep Enough”

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The Redemption of Tony Stark

The Redemption of Tony Stark

This article includes spoilers for The Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios has been on point the last year or so with their films. Most of the ones that have come out also rank right up there as some of my favorites.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and now Avenger’s Infinity War.

These movie’s easily make it into my top 10 list for the Marvel films. Most of which come in somewhere near the top five. I still have a special place though for Captain America: Winter Soldier, although after an epic year and a half of Marvel movies, it will be tough to rank Winter Soldier, and may require a re-viewing.

For once, Tony Stark wasn’t an agent of chaos. I’ve long held the theory that Tony Stark is the true villain of the entire MCU. In most movies, he is tangentially connected to the plot, and usually not in a good way. Continue reading “The Redemption of Tony Stark”

Looking Forward to ‘Ready Player One’

Looking Forward to ‘Ready Player One’

The other day I was speaking to my brother on the phone about “Ready Player One.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, but he and I have read the book. I read the book a number of years ago, first seeing the paperback in an airport.

I snapped a picture of the book with my Blackberry, myself and Obama being the last people to own one of these amazing devices, and later buying it from a bookstore in Flint. I remember reading the book in a pretty short period of time.

At the time the book was blowing my mind, it was entertaining, and things like the Oculus Rift were still being developed. I was aware of the technology, and to me Ernest Cline really was touching on what I still think might become our future – minus one dead billionaire and a treasure hunt. Continue reading “Looking Forward to ‘Ready Player One’”

Too late for review: The Black Panther

Too late for review: The Black Panther

Coming a little too late, this Black Panther review will do nothing for you. Most of you reading probably have already seen the movie, if you liked it, you  saw it another two or three times.

I will be the first to admit that I liked this movie, although it isn’t my favorite Marvel movie in the least bit. That might make this review controversial, but it is my opinion and I am allowed to have that.

My favorite film thus far is probably Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther is up there though, and out of all the Marvel movies to come out is the best film they’ve done from a technical and storytelling standpoint. Continue reading “Too late for review: The Black Panther”

Round Two Review: Justice League Movie

Round Two Review: Justice League Movie

I want to return to the topic of the Justice League  movie for an article. Mainly, because on second viewing I soon realized that the movie is pretty bad. It isn’t outright garbage, but it isn’t good either.

My second viewing of the film was sort of like my second viewing of Thor: Ragnarok, I walked away with a completely different opinion. In the case of Thor: Ragnarok, I found the movie to be more charming and hilarious upon second viewing.

In the case of Justice League not so much. There was some charm to the movie, but it wasn’t enough to completely salvage it.

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The Justice League Review

The Justice League Review

I write this review with great surprise. Justice League was actually not a terrible movie. Based on the films predecessors (Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman, Suicide Squad), I thought that this movie was going to be another waste of my time and my money. I was prepared going to the movie theater to see Thor: Ragnarok for the third time, a movie that I know wouldn’t disappoint.

Wonder Woman being the exception, the DC Comics movies have been utter dog shit. I say this as a person who actually liked Man of Steel, but I don’t pretend to think that movie was any good by objective standards. Like almost all of Zack Snyder’s films it was eye porn, and I maintain to this day that it is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to a live action Dragon Ball Z movie that isn’t completely unwatchable.

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Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde

Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is an absolute garbage film, there I said it, and I am still in disbelief that websites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB have it ranked somewhere the C+ range for movies. I mean this movie really sucked, it sucks so hard that I actually forgot I saw it two weeks ago. I only remember seeing it because I was looking online for a movie to maybe go see this weekend and saw that it was playing. Continue reading “Things that I am hating: Atomic Blonde”