The waiting is nearly over. We stand on the edge of what Marvel has been working on since what feels like the dawn of time. Of course, the MCU actually first came into existence in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, but ten years is a long time in movie-land.
Avengers: Infinity War promises to shape everything that follows in the MCU and hopes to build on its rather average predecessor Age of Ultron, in almost every way. It’s longer (at 149 minutes), has more characters than anything else like it and is one of the most expensive films ever made, costing an estimated $400million.
Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed the rather fabulous Captain America: Civil War certainly have their work cut out. Here however, I’ve been working on this project for a good few weeks, re-watching all of the MCU and conducting some mini reviews. Without further ado, this is the ultimate, definitive ranking of the entire MCU. Read on to find out the best and worst Marvel movies. And I do believe a spoiler warning is in effect.
Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson are two actors who aren’t typically associated with serious dramas. After Franco’s stint in the Bad Neighbours films and Abbi’s amazing work on Broad City, comedy is generally where these actors fortes will lie. However, 6 Balloons is a welcome foray for these two into the world of drama, showing the versatility of these two already talented actors.
6 Balloons follows Katie (Jacobson) as she navigates how to cope with her brother Seth’s (Franco) addiction to heroin whilst on a brutal drive to a detox centre as well as juggling her own life. Continue reading
Rampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.
That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading
A horror film is a hard thing to do well. Most horror movies are predictable, with overused tropes and twists turning the story from scary, to sub-par. Ghost Stories, from writers and directors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, is one of those horror movies that doesn’t fall flat.
Ghost Stories follows arch-skeptic Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), as he stumbles across a long-lost file containing three cases of inexplicable hauntings. With demons, ghostly little girls and a surprising twist, this movie is the epitome of a horror film. Continue reading
Cinema is awfully quiet these days. Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck and Kim Ki-Duk’s Moebius are among the small but substantial handful of films to have embraced the power of keeping schtum. In the cacophony of modern cinema, silence is an underrated commodity. John Krasinski’s directorial debut A Quiet Place is the latest to hold back on the sound in order to enhance the visual horrors. If ever a film had me inwardly crawling my way into a booby trapped bear pit whilst silently gabbering with fear, A Quiet Place is that film.
There’s been some kind of apocalyptic event, biological or alien that we don’t know, in which humanity (or the US at least) is now hunted by giant, super fast and super vicious reptilian creatures. Completely blind, they hunt with an acute sense of hearing meaning survivors must live in a constant state of silent, fearful anticipation. Even the slightest noise will draw them out and if they hear you, well, you’ll see. Continue reading