Monthly Archives: September 2021

TV Review: Midnight Mass!

TV Review!

Midnight Mass

Netflix decided to get into the Spooky Season early this year with Midnight Mass, the latest from Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan. Unlike those previous works though, Midnight Mass is a fully original creation from Flanagan, and even then, it still feels like a lost work by the master himself, Stephen King. But even with that, Midnight Mass stands as a truly original and deeply personal work from the director, and is one of the best pieces of media I’ve consumed this year.

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Movie Review: Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

MOVIE REVIEW

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in desperate need of some more diverse faces. As the first Marvel movie with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi and The Legend Of The Ten Rings already has a lot of eyes on it. Sure it’s a Marvel movie, but will it reach the heights of a film like Black Panther? That movie had the benefit of introducing T’Challa in a prior film (Civil War), and that character has a higher profile than Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu who debuted in the 70’s. Add in the fact that the pandemic is still a major factor in the box office (for the love of God please get vaccinated so I don’t have to keep adding this to my reviews), and that Shang-Chi is not getting a simultaneous Disney+ “premiere access” debut like Black Widow did, and suddenly a whole lot is riding on Mr. Chi and his cinematic debut. If this film goes the way of current box office releases, it could effect not only the rest of the MCU releases for 2021, but it could also spell doom for other major studio releases this year too. Legend of the Ten Rings is an interesting film in a lot of ways, and has a lot to do. But it also stands out because this is first time there’s been an MCU film based on a character that I know pretty much nothing about.

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