Are we ever going to see a day when superhero movies don’t dominate the release schedule? It seems as if a new one materialises every week. If it’s not the latest cookie-cutter Marvel movie or yet another DC extended universe disaster, then it’s a tedious new standalone project promising to ‘put a dark spin on the genre’ or ‘take it in a new direction’.
Now I’m not saying all superhero films are bad, in fact, I have enjoyed a great deal of them over the years. Whether it be Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or the MCU’s Infinity saga, the genre has undoubtedly peppered the cinematic landscape with some truly great moments over the past two decades. But when will it end? How much more juice can we squeeze out of this thoroughly dehydrated lemon?
Spider-Man: Homecomingwas one of the biggest surprises in the superhero genre. After the masked web-slinger’s troubled history on the big screen, Marvel intervened and took the story back to basics. With a compelling villain in Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Homecoming shot to the top of many MCU rankings and it’s easy to see why.
Ending Phase Three of the MCU was never going to be easy, especially after the drama of this year’s Avengers: Endgame, but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has been tasked with tying up all those loose ends. So how does he do? Continue reading →
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is out in UK cinemas on June 5th, but it’s been a bumpy ride getting here. After the release date was pushed back twice, the whole third act had to be reshot and rumours of on-set tensions between some of the cast, things don’t look too rosey for our merry band of mutants.
Nevertheless, this is the culmination of everything Fox has been working towards since the release of X-Men: First Class in 2011, so it seems prudent to rank all the X-Men films, including standalone movies, before our spoiler-free review of Dark Phoenix is released on Friday 7th June. Without further ado, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Continue reading →
Ah, the DCEU, probably one of the most inconsistent franchises there is. They started off with the so-so Man of Steel, then the incredibly dull Batman V. Superman, then one of my least favorite films ever Suicide Squad, the overall decent Wonder Woman, the mediocre Justice League, and my personal favorite, Aquaman. Now they come to us with Shazam, which had a fantastic trailer.
They made a trailer which looked like it was bringing wonder back to the superhero genre. I was super excited, and when I learned of advance screenings, I bought my tickets immediately. When I actually saw it, I sat there for two hours and twelve minutes, and when it ended, I was thoroughly feeling like I was brought back… to a superhero movie from 2013, but I’ll get into that. Let’s just get into the movie as a whole. Continue reading →
On January 22nd, 2019, the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced, and… I am pretty shocked by them. Roma leading the pack with 10 nominations, including two acting nods, Timothee Chalamet left out, and Bradley Cooper snubbed in the Director category in favor of a foreign language film, one of two on the list! However, even after all the buzz and promotion, the one that shocked me the most was the fact that even with just 8 nominees for Best Picture this year, Black Panther was on the list.
Now we have been hearing about how good it is all year, and rightfully so. Black Panther is a well made movie that deserved all the other nominations it received like Sound Editing, Costume Design, and especially for it’s great score. Best Picture however… let me, a white male, tell you why Black Panther should not have been nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading →