Tag: Marvel

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok

| December 18, 2017

When looking at the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the perspective of an evolving franchise, it’s nice to see that—in a general sense—it’s better understanding its predisposition towards comedy. There’s an inherent absurdity to such material that allows the filmmakers to mine physical and performance-centric humor from a place of self-parody, which is a notch beyond […]

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Justice League

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Justice League

| December 8, 2017

It’s been no question that there’s a war between Marvel fans and DC fans, largely fueled by the perception that the films of the latter have been unjustly targeted in regards to poor storytelling and messy filmmaking. There are a lot of wars to choose from nowadays, so this war is pretty moot in my […]

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Slither: Collector’s Edition

Slither: Collector’s Edition

| August 1, 2017

How the hell is it that James Gunn’s Slither (2006) is only now debuting on Blu-ray with today’s release of a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray? You’d think Gunn’s incredible success with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) would have prompted an immediate upgrade from the film’s 2006 DVD release to capitalize on Gunn’s boffo box […]

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The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

| June 30, 2017

While the world waited for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) to drop, another Gunn project low-key hit theaters in March of this year. Stepping away from Marvel for a hot minute, Gunn penned and produced a small, bloody, action, survival horror film in The Belko Experiment with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek […]

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The Countdown: Top Ten Movie Cameos

The Countdown: Top Ten Movie Cameos

| September 19, 2016

One thing I really hated about the latest Ghostbusters movie was the forced cameos throughout.  Except for Ernie Hudson, who I think was a good payoff at the end.  Bill Murray’s role was underwhelming, Dan Aykroyd’s cab driver appearance made no sense, I barely noticed Annie Potts until she screamed “what do you want” for […]

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Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

| May 12, 2016

Chances are I don’t have to sell you on seeing Deadpool (2016), because you probably already saw it. A hell of a lot of people did! And if you didn’t, it’s probably because: 1) You’re between the ages of 13 and 16 and couldn’t get into the theater, 2) You were living in a hole […]

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Manson’s Lost Girls

Manson’s Lost Girls

| May 10, 2016

It’s no secret that the made-for-TV movie format is one that I enjoy more than most folks do. Hell, I wrote my thesis on Marvel’s TV movies and even teach sections on TV movies in two of my classes! The history of the format is absolutely fascinating, and the importance of the TV movie in […]

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

| August 7, 2015

As I write this, Fantastic Four has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and honestly I don’t know why it’s being so universally panned.  It’s not perfect by any means, and I’ll get to my issues with it, but the predominant criticism I keep reading is that it’s boring.  I was never bored by it.  […]

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

| June 26, 2015

I was listening to the new episode of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast yesterday and the topic of the MCU chronology came up.  It’s interesting to examine as Marvel so far has consistently maintained ambiguity concerning when certain chapters of their universe take place in relation to others.  Below is the order as I see […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| May 1, 2015

Earth’s mightiest heroes are back for another round, trying once again to save the Earth from certain destruction.  This time, their adversary is not an alien force from a distant galaxy but instead a disturbingly terrestrial foe: an artificially intelligent robot named Ultron (James Spader; The Black List). After the events of The Avengers, our […]

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