Doctor Strange (2016)
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams
Directed by: Scott Derickson
To say that Doctor Strange is a gamble for Marvel Studios is an understatement. Yes, this is the same studio that took The Guardians of the Galaxy from a bunch of “nerd only” characters into full-fledged mainstream hits, but amidst third installments in the Captain America and Thor franchises (as well as facing competition from WB’s DC films), starting up another character would seem like a risky move. But amazingly, Doctor Strange is another solid film from Marvel Studios that offers a ton of memorable moments, even if the story feels like one you’ve seen before. Read the rest of this entry
Did you forget about Rogue One? It’s okay, I almost did too. But we’ve finally got our first look at the film, and holy hell does it look awesome. The first of Disney’s Star Wars “anthology” films, this will be the real test for Disney’s take on the world that George Lucas created. “But Force Awakens made a butt load of money” you say. That’s true, but Force Awakens also had the benefit of not only being the first of the Disney Star Wars movies, but it also had the most connections to the original trilogy. Appearances from Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, R2-D2, and more were going to generate interest. It had the curiosity factor. But Rogue One? This is an entirely new story set between movies. Read the rest of this entry
Whoooo boy. What a week. Not only did we finally get confirmation on Benedict Cumberbatch playing Stephen Strange, we also got Kristen Ritter as our lead in Alias, Ryan Reynolds returning for Deadpool, and the entirety of the Suicide Squad, including Jared Leto as our new Clown Prince of Crime.
Of all of the casting news that hit last week, the biggest is probably the Suicide Squad one. Nothing against Marvel and their Doctor Strange casting, but Cumberbatch was all but confirmed about a month ago, with numerous outlets all but saying the deal was done. The same can be said about Ryan Reynolds’s signing on for Deadpool. Everyone pretty much assumed those two were playing those parts, so when the news was confirmed the other day it was exciting, but not as surprising as the news regarding the Suicide Squad cast. Read the rest of this entry