We are now a year removed from the release of The Force Awakens, and for those like myself who were unimpressed with Disney’s first at-bat, this was the company’s chance to redeem itself. Taking place right before the events of A New Hope, Rogue One would be free of Rey, Fin, and Kylo, so for someone like me who found the new cast unbearable, this was a blessing. However, this did not free me of my trepidation. After feeling so incredibly high leading up to the release of Episode VII only to be shot down, I was having a hard time feeling anything other than apathy leading up to the film’s release. Continue reading
If I’m being honest, it takes very little to sell me on a film. Usually a simple trailer will do, especially for smaller indie films such as this, which often results in me being asked, “Well, what’s it about?” I rarely know, but the fact is I want to find out, and that’s all that matters. In a world where massive blockbusters get released on a monthly basis, and bombastic trailers tell audiences the entire story before they watch the movie, sometimes I need a little mystery. Whether that’s The Edge of Seventeen, The Lobster, or in this case, Moonlight, going in blind is the only way. Continue reading
Preface: This was written on August 9th, the day after I watched the movie in theaters. I don’t know if it was apathy, distraction, or a mix of both, but I obviously never posted the review, so here it is… a month later.
I originally told myself I wasn’t going to do this. What would be the point, right? I had very low expectations after seeing the trailers, the movie proceeded to get trashed before its release, and I didn’t partake in the opening weekend hype. But as someone who has seen plenty of bad movies this year, none of them quite stack up to the gut punch that is Suicide Squad. Not only was it unable to meet or surpass the very low bar I had set in place, but it actually manages to be worse than March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Continue reading
Taking politics out of the equation, there are probably a handful of things you’ve heard about nonstop within the past month or so. Some revolve around the Pokémon Go craze, the sexism–both existing and perceived–surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot, and let’s not forget the ever-important Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston relationship. Unfortunately, with the constant barrage of media hounding us every day, and big sites aiming for clicks over diversity, it can be easy for some things to get lost in the shuffle. In this case, a little gem by the name of Swiss Army Man, which stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Continue reading
It’s been 10 years since Marvel kicked off its Civil War event; a comic book extravaganza that lasted months, spanning almost 100 issues. Two years later, Iron Man marked the beginning of Marvel’s MCU. And now, in 2016, these two have finally collided. Captain America: Civil War is a lot of things. It is the third film in the Captain America series, the 13th in the MCU, and the first of Phase Three. In addition, Civil War serves as the direct sequel to both 2014’s The Winter Soldier and 2015’s Age of Ultron. Taking all of this into consideration–the hype, the buildup, the source material–there is absolutely no reason why Civil War should be this good. Continue reading
I never had any doubts that The Force Awakens would decimate when it released late last year. Not only had it been ten years since the release of Revenge of the Sith, but the latest installment in the Star Wars universe did away with the one person many people blame for the prequels’ shortcomings: George Lucas. What I never expected, however, was the visceral reaction from both fans and critics alike, especially as I was walking out of the theater on opening night. There was something wrong with the film on a molecular level. It didn’t feel right. It felt… tainted. Continue reading
Full disclosure: Although I grew up with Batman, my comic book love largely lies with Marvel. To be more specific, Spider-Man has been my go-to for a long time. I do not have publisher bias or any ill will towards the DCEU, nor do I blindly love all of the Marvel films–I’m actually really critical of their output most of the time. So do not try to dismiss the following opinion for either reason, as I’m sure some of you will. I want both cinematic universes to thrive and do well because competition is good for the consumer. Now with that out of the way, let’s move on.