SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review
Reviews / July 6, 2017

With great intellectual property rights comes great responsibility. Marvel and Sony are finally working together to bring us a Spider-Man movie set in the popular, ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is the 16th movie in the massive franchise). The movie has all of the fun and excitement that are standard fare in the MCU while also taking Spidey in a fresh direction. After the epic events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (though it still isn’t entirely clear in what year this takes place), Peter Parker is trying to balance his life as a friendly neighborhood superhero and a normal high school student. He discovers a criminal group lead by Adrian Toomes (aka The Vulture) and has to work to stop them. The movie does a clever job of keeping this plot lines working together. It never feels like the movie gets distracted or can’t handle its different tones. In actuality, the film’s over arching plot of Peter trying to prove his self worth feels self-referential of Spider-Man’s disappointing recent history in cinema. Following five feature films, this is a new type of Spider-Man. He is involved in activities that we haven’t seen from this character before. We get to…

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Review – 4/14/16
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

‘Captain America: Civil War’ is without a doubt both Marvel’s best crafted movie and their most entertaining movie. After achieving the formidable title of highest grossing series of all time last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to pave new ground for the ever expanding superhero genre. ‘Civil War’, which opens Phase 3 of Marvel’s universe, exceeds all expectations for fans. Unashamedly I am currently trying to decide if this movie actually dethrones ‘Inception’ to be my favorite movie ever. I could use a slew of flattering superlative to describing this, but this substantial movie is truly exciting, ambitious, serious, thrilling, and a fun ride from beginning to end. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo return from the critically acclaimed previous Captain America movie, ‘The Winter Soldier’, with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. I have adored the Russos’ work on my favorite television show, the comedy series ‘Community’, and fully trust their ability to deliver exactly what audiences are looking for most (and I’m not only referring to Chris Evan’s chiseled muscles). I could not be happier with their work here. Their ability to tell a serious and moving story in an enjoyable and cohesive way should be admired…

ANT-MAN Review – 7/13/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

It’s difficult to find a movie that has had a more rough production than Marvel’s Ant-Man. From director changes, cancelation announcements, complete rewrites of the script, studio developments, and more, this movie has had a tough journey getting onto the big screen. It was being developed even before the first Iron Man movie was released. But since then, whether for better or worse, practically every aspect has changed. These struggles have led to some negetive press and critical speculation. Since its inception, I’ve always believed in Ant-Man as a movie. I knew its potential and knew that Marvel would deliver another brilliant entry to its universe. This 12th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe¬†(MCU) and a Thanos-less conclusion to the MCU’s Phase 2 is fresh and delivers to its audience in a way that’s enjoyable for everyone. In this world that is highly saturated in superhero movies, we can be dragged down by repetitive and rehashed concepts. We’ve all seen heroes who can fly, have superhuman strength, or shoot some type of lasers. Ant-Man’s lesser known powers make him both a worthy addition to the universe and a character that audiences will love to watch. The plot, in short, is…

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review – 5/2/2015
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Gripping, Brilliant, Action-packed, Shawarma-less, Thrilling, Dark, Fun, An Awesome Blockbuster Sequel I often say that Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’ (2012) was the least disappointing movie that I’ve ever seen. It was the first time four separate, successful superhero franchises had combined into a single blockbuster event. Now three years later, Marvel releases the sequel and its 11th movie, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. This movie has practically everything that fans hoped that sequel would be and more. The movie is filled (perhaps to excess) with action, humor, heroes, and continuing evidence of an expanding cinematic universe. The movie grabs your attention from the first to last frame. Right now, it is difficult for me to say whether AVENGERS or AGE OF ULTRON is the better of the two. The best way to describe their relationship is to compare them with ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Both are unique, but the first is a novelty and then three years later the sequel becomes a standard by which the universe and genre is measured. This movie is immensely entertaining for. The story is even more self contained than the first ‘Avengers’ for fans who are not as familar with the Marvel…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review – 8/5/14
Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy met and exceeded the hype. Loads of fun from start to finish. That is the # 1 thing I would say about it, it was fun. That may seem too simple, but it is really the best word for it and is one that cannot be used in as fulfilling of a way to describe many movies today. I loved it. What a ride. It was adventures, unique, thrilling, comedic, action-packed, and (most of all) fun. It has a time-less nature that viewers of any age can enjoy and relate to. My number one complaint was that there was more questionable language than I would like. The casting was perfect. I felt connected to the world the whole time. Simple and understandable, but not dumbed down. Despite it being a Marvel film, there are really no prerequisites of having seen any of the previous 9 movies (although veterans of the series will get a few extra nods and smiles here and there). The Avengers (2012) put a benchmark for Marvel, Superheroes, and movies in general. Guardians does not match that, but it is never apologetic in its ambitious approach and is my second favorite of…

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