Against such weighty odds, with the fate of the universe and the company's creative identity hanging in the balance, Infinity War delivers not only the finest iteration of the superhero squad but one of Marvel's very best films in its history, an effort very much cognizant of the interpersonal history of its characters and the company's legacy as a canvas for big-budget entertainment that validates the old expression that some things really do get better with age.
In the first episode of my buddy Phillip Bryant and I's podcast, we discussed John Wick Chapters 1 and 2 and how they fit into the modern action movie pantheon. Next, we discussed why we don't see more theatrically released superhero movies in the wake of Lego Batman. Finally, we listed our Top 3 movies... Continue Reading →
The four-month stretch (traditionally lasting May through August) has a reputation for exclusively offering the latest in popcorn munching, big budget spectacles but there’s plenty to offer for the discerning viewer. 2016 looks like it’ll have much to choose from cinematically, whether it be the production of an above average thought or just big dumb fun.
SPOILERS FOR BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE The climactic action set piece to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second entry in D.C. Comics’ burgeoning cinematic universe, feature’s the company’s trinity (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) battling the monstrous Doomsday, a Frankenstein-esque creation by Lex Luthor that threatens to destroy Metropolis and the... Continue Reading →
Even over fifteen years later, X-Men continues to stand as an artistic watermark that both its sequels and the larger genre marketplace have routinely failed to live up to. Progressively, the franchise seems obsessed with constructing elaborate action set pieces and further complicating a continuity that skirts the edges of outright collapse. You could say this is an attempt to make a larger splash in a market that prizes shared universes and interconnected narratives but you would only be half right.
Had we ever seen an animated film as emotionally dense as Inside Out? Had a seventy plus year old director ever made an action movie as on edge and youthful as Mad Max: Fury Road? Did The Big Short make our understanding of the financial system even more tragically comic? The fact that these and many more questions exist prove that 2015 was very much so a solid year for movies.