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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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It’s My Party…..

It’s My Party…..

Hey, all. It’s my birthday today, and since I don’t really need anything (except for those awesome Batman 1989 Lego Batmobile and Batwing sets), I wanted to do something a little different today. I wanted to share some things that have helped me get through the previous year in the hopes that it’ll help you all out, or give you something new to check out in 2021 as we continue to hunker down for the foreseeable future until we get more people vaccinated. This post is gonna be pretty sprawling and cover a lot of random stuff from music to comics to movies and even some charities, but it’s my birthday, and it’s easier (and cheaper) to read this than trying to get me a gift, so you’re welcome!

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DC Fandemonium

o2qtVZRieyvqJfcKeeqQUg-1200-80DC’s Fandome event was the first of its kind: a virtual convention meant to hype up all of their upcoming film, comic, TV, and video game projects, and to be completely honest, it went off (mostly) without a hitch. While there was the occasional delay, the event took over the twitter world by storm, giving us the first looks at upcoming games like Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, as well as new and first time trailers for Wonder Woman 84, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder’s mythical Justice League: The Snyder Cut, and Matt Reeve’s The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.

It was a wide ranging event, and while we didn’t get news on EVERYTHING (The Flash, Aquaman 2, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and Black Adam are still too new for any footage), we did get a lot of really enticing and exciting things, and to be perfectly honest, DC and Warner Bros have set the stage for how future events should be presented. But let’s nail down the biggest things from the twenty four-hour event. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Palm Springs!

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Palm Springs (2020)

Starring: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons

Directed By: Max Barbakow

We’re halfway through 2020, and much of that time has been spent hunkering down indoors, avoiding the outside world. For a lot of us, the rhythm and routine of quarantine has blurred the days into one long, singular stretch of time, which makes Hulu’s Palm Springs, the much buzzed-about hit at Sundance, the perfect film for these strange and trying times. Featuring two strangers who are trapped reliving the same day at a wedding venue, Palm Springs would appear to be a riff on the tried and true Groundhog Day formula. And while it does play on the well established trope of reliving the same day differently over and over and over again, the themes and chemistry of the two leads make this not only a worthwhile quarantine watch, but one of the best films of the year. Read the rest of this entry

Tasking The Master

intro-1583762783One of my all time favorite Marvel villains is finally getting the MCU treatment in Black Widow: Taskmaster. The Avengers baddie has long been on my shortlist of characters that I’ve wanted to see on the big screen, and his abilities seem tailor made for the MCU. Gifted with “photographic reflexes”, Taskmaster has the ability to mimic the fighting abilities of anyone he fights. Sure, he can’t match the strength of Spider-Man or Cap, but being able to pull their same moves on them (and others), makes him a formidable foe, and makes Tony Masters one of the most underrated baddies in the Marvel universe. Brash, arrogant, and loyal only to whoever pays him the most, Taskmaster is a wicked fun villain who’s been due for the MCU spotlight for a long time now.

So why is he so silent in all of the trailers for Black Widow? Read the rest of this entry

The Bat and the Furious

Batmobile-1_1200_589_81_sNow that we’ve got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit (both officially and unofficially) it’s time to start revealing other famous aspects of the Dark Knight. Namely, his car. Read the rest of this entry

The Batman Rises

rs_1024x544-200213153621-1024-robert-pattinson-as-batmanAt long last, we’ve finally got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman outfit, and it looks…pretty sweet! Eschewing the more grounded take that Batman V Superman had (and I was a fan of), Pattinson’s new Batsuit is like a cool mix between the Arkham Games and a little bit of Sean Murphy’s White Knight look, and it’s definitely something that fits right into what director Matt Reeves described as “something Bruce Wayne would make for himself”. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Birds of Prey!

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Starring: Margot Robie, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Rose Perez, Chris Messina

Directed By: Cathy Yan

As the DCEU transitions from trying to copy Marvel Studios into a more “director-driven” studio, it’s opened up numerous directors to try new things with the DC stable of characters. Obviously we all know the results of Todd Phillips’ Joker, but what about a character that was already established fairly well in a previous mega successful (financially) film for the studio? Enter Birds of Prey, otherwise known by its much longer title, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. A movie that’s both kind of a sequel to Suicide Squad and also another turning point for the studio post-Synderverse, the Margot Robie starring vehicle from director Cathy Yan is a surprisingly fun ride that has plenty of charm, but not without some faults. Read the rest of this entry

Joker Goes For Gold

JOKER-MOVIE-REVIEWThe Academy Awards revealed this year’s nominees, and surprisingly, Todd Phillips’ Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations. Of course Joaquin Phoenix was going to be nominated, there was no doubt about that, but the sheer amount of other noms for the film is pretty staggering, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. And it begs the question….are they all warranted? Read the rest of this entry

2020: The Year Ahead

wonder-woman-1984-1199044-1280x0-1200x676It’s the dawn of a new year and a new decade, which means that it’s time to do what we nerds do best: look at the upcoming releases and take a guess as to what we’re looking forward to the most! From Natasha Romanoff getting her own solo film to the debut of Locke and Key on Netflix, there’s a whole host of nerdy goodness coming our way this year, so let’s take a look at what’s coming our way! Read the rest of this entry