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It’s no big revelation to say that Warner Bros’ slate of films based on the world of DC Comics are in a weird spot. After the muted response to Justice League, news of any film connected to the DCEU has become so scattershot that it would make anyone’s head spin. Sure, Wonder Woman‘s sequel and James Wan’s Aquaman are coming down the line (and both look pretty cool), but then there’s also the currently filming Shazam, Ava Duvernay’s New Gods film, a Batgirl movie, a Nightwing movie, Matt Reeves’ untitled (and possibly unAfflecked) Batman film, and not one, but three films put into development starring the clown prince of the crime himself, The Joker. Read the rest of this entry
John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of my all-time favorite movies. I could easily mark it down in my top five films of all time. It’s a masterpiece of simplicity, and paved the way for an entirely new genre of horror movies. Unfortunately, a large amount of the other movies in the franchise suck. With the exception of Halloween II, H20: Twenty Years Later, and …uh….the unrelated Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the other movies in the franchise not only cheapen the effectiveness of the original, they actually make The Shape himself, Michael Myers, less scary by trying to explain his motivations. But it looks like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween will finally buck the trend and give us a sequel that’s truly worthy of being associated with the original. Read the rest of this entry
Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry
Not even 24 hours into the release of Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney announced one of their next upcoming projects: the long rumored Boba Fett film. The Mandalorian bounty hunter has long been a fan-favorite, and despite his very limited screen time, he’s on a crap ton of merch, so it makes sense that he’d be the next character to get a spin off. While there’s no real need for him to get a starring role (the mystery is pretty much gone after the prequel trilogy), the choice for the director is what has me really interested: James Mangold. Read the rest of this entry
The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You’ve had two weeks now, so you’ve got no excuses if you start reading this without seeing the movie!
By all accounts, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty resounding success. While not as critically acclaimed as the previous Marvel Studios films, it’s still sitting pretty at an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s had a pretty immediate hold on the pop culture landscape since release. Of course, it’s also the highest opening weekend of all time, beating out The Force Awakens. But the real question remains after the credits roll is this : what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read the rest of this entry
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie
Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo
Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.
But in a lot of ways it does. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve recently begun the massive undertaking of rewatching the Marvel Studios releases in preparation for Infinity War, and while I’m only three movies in, that’s still enough to make me take pause and recognize one of the coolest aspects of the MCU: the gradual evolution of Tony Stark. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday night Warner Bros dropped some pretty unexpected news: we’re getting a New Gods movie. While that’s surprising news on its own, the choice of director to bring Jack Kirby’s creations to the big screen is probably even more surprising: Ava DuVernay, the director behind Selma and A Wrinkle In Time. Picking DuVernay to bring the world of Darkseid, Orion, and Mister Miracle to life is both a surprising and bold choice, but I’m pretty excited to see how she goes about bringing these characters to the big screen, which is going to be interesting, to say the least. Read the rest of this entry
Back when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the big worry from some subsets of fandom was that the house of Mouse would bleed the property dry. Thankfully, aside from releasing a Star Wars movie a year for the past three years, there hasn’t been too much fatigue for the galaxy far, far, away just yet. But now that Disney has announced an upcoming Rian Johnson trilogy, a second trilogy from Game of Thrones show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and TWO shows to be unveiled on Disney’s planned streaming service, I think it’s safe to say that we may start to have that sinking feeling of Star Wars not becoming special anymore. Read the rest of this entry
For better or worse, the Solo trailer has arrived, and while it doesn’t exactly soothe my worries about the film, I’ll admit that there is some pretty neat stuff in the first look at the latest “Star Wars story”. But there’s still something that feels a little off, and I think I know what that is: Han Solo. Read the rest of this entry