TV Review: Loki!

TV REVIEW!

Loki

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino

Directed By: Kate Herron

SPOILERS

The still burgeoning small-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe has made some pretty big impressions since beginning earlier this years. From introducing us to “Agatha All Along” to bringing the shield of Captain America to Sam Wilson, the latest installments of the mega franchise have made some pretty small-to-medium size splashes in the pop culture sphere. But all that is about to change, thanks to a series starring the God of Mischief himself, Loki.

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Movie Review: Black Widow!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Black Widow (2021)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, David Harbour

Directed By: Cate Shortland

SPOILERS

It’s been a long voyage for Natasha Romanoff to get to the big screen on her own. Regardless of the fact that she’s been a supporting player since her debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2, the Russian Super spy also had her big solo adventure delayed multiple times during the COVID-19 pandemic (which is still going on, even if things are improving around the country and places want you to think it’s over). Poor Nat bounced around release dates five different times, but finally, Black Widow has arrived to signal not only a return to some of sort of normalcy for the box office, but for the pop culture behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the long-awaited solo movie for a character that’s deserved one for a few years now, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the film. When you add in the delays due to COVID, that hype increases exponentially. Can the super-spy Avenger live up to those lofty expectations?

Almost.

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Dad of Steel

The CW Arrowverse is getting a bit long in the tooth. The Flash is running on fumes this season. Supergirl and Black Lightning are both wrapping up their final seasons. Batwoman has had an awkward sophomore season that has somewhat successfully carved a new bearer of the bat mantle. Hell, Arrow wrapped a year ago. That leaves Legends Of Tomorrow as the last of the original batch truly worth watching, but it’s honestly a show that defies expectations, even of the DC centric Arrowverse. It’s clearly time for a new show to become the torch bearer for the long-running CW franchises, and it belongs to the best show you’re not currently watching: Superman & Lois.

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TV Review: Invincible!

TV Review: Invincible

Being a teenager is hard enough, so what happens when you throw in superpowers? It’s a well-worn concept of the superhero genre, perfected in the early days of The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. But in Invincible, the animated adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s other Image Comic, we see the true to life cost of gaining superhuman abilities at the same time you start sprouting zits, and it’s still just as engaging as ever, thanks to some fun twists on the genre and some absolutely mind-blowingly stunning, and incredibly violent, action.

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TV Review: The Falcon & The Winter Soldier!

TV Review!!

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier

SPOILERS

After playing second fiddle to the Sentinel of Liberty for years, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes take the stage in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, the latest Disney+ series that forwards the unstoppable narrative juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These two fan-favorite characters have been largely reduced to the sidelines in the big Marvel movies, and not unlike Wanda Maximoff’s starring vehicle Wandavision, this show allows them to have some great character moments. Unlike the show that started the MCU on the small screen though, Falcon & Winter Soldier has some pretty big pacing issues that do put a bit of a dent in the overall viewing experience.

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Movie Review: Godzilla vs. Kong!

MOVIE REVIEW!!

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Starring: Godzilla, King Kong, Mille Bobby Brown, Bryan Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgard

Directed By: Adam Wingard

SPOILERS

Freddy vs. Jason. Alien vs. Predator. Batman v(s) Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man.

There have been many battles in recent pop culture, but one of the first ones that started it all was due for a reboot, and with that, we get a brand new throw down between the mighty King Kong and the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. The latest (and final?) installment in Legendary Pictures’ “Monsterverse” series of big Kaiju reboots, Godzilla vs. Kong builds on the promise teased in 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island by balancing the big monster fights we’re watching the movie for with a very silly, but fast-moving, human story.

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Movie Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League!

Movie Review!

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller

Directed By: Zack Snyder

SPOILERS

After years of debate over its existence, the heavily mythologized “Snydercut” of 2017’s Justice League has arrived on HBO Max, all four hours of it. The trial and tribulations of getting this thing over the starting line are well documented elsewhere, and I have not the drive nor inclination to recap it here, but despite the demands, vitriol, and sheer ridiculousness of this thing, it’s here, and you know what?

It’s pretty good.

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TV Review: Wandavision!

TV Review: Wandavision

SPOILERS

In a different world, Wandavision would’ve been the smack in the middle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s output. But in the (almost over) hellscape that is our current reality, Wandavision ended up not only being the first Marvel Studios release since Avengers: Endgame, it ended up being the first Marvel Studios project to release in over a year after Spider-Man: Far From Home. Being the first Disney+ Marvel series would be hype enough, but adding the unforeseen reality of being the first output from the studio to satiate rabid fans of the Marvel characters meant that the hype was pretty much off the charts each episode. Youtubers and casual fans alike had their own theories for what would unfold throughout the series, from the arrival of the X-Men in the MCU to Reed Richards to Mephisto, and guess what? None of that happened. But what did happen was a truly effective character study putting the focus on a character that’s been through a lot of things throughout the MCU saga so far, but given little time to process it: Wanda Maximoff.

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TV Review: The Stand

TV Review!

The Stand (2021) CBS All Access

SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK AND SHOW CONTAINED WITHIN

Few works loom larger in Stephen King’s library than The Stand. Second only to his Dark Tower series, the 1978 meganovel details the utter desolation of the human race by a mysterious super flu virus and the attempts to restart being split into two camps: the peaceful inhabitants of Boulder, Colorado under the heavenly Mother Abagail, and the totalitarian Las Vegas under the thrall of the evil Randall Flagg. It’s one of King’s best works, chock full of some of his best characters (and character work) in his storied career as an author. There have been many attempts at getting a new adaptation of the ground, one that even had Ben Affleck involved as a director, but they’ve all failed until CBS All Access came along offering a new, nine-part miniseries for the epic tale. After a year that started scarily similar to the opening events of the book, and a star-studden cast with an actual budget to pull this adaptation off, it would seem like the stars were aligned for CBS to deliver just the treatment the source material needs, right?

Not exactly.

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TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4

TV Review!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4

The fourth and final season of the continued witchy adventures of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the fantastic Archie Comics series, arrives to close out Ms. Spellman’s tenure with the streaming service, and it contains everything the show is known for: fun character moments, creepy monster designs, and unfortunately, uneven pacing. That pacing really effects not only the finale of the show, but the entire series as a whole, as it puts one of my favorite shows featuring one of my favorite characters in the category of “Great Show With A Bad Final Episode”.

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