Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel Studios is back with the sequel to 2015's (not such a) surprise hit, Ant-Man.  This time, Scott Lang has a partner as the Wasp is not only formally introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (though the original Janet Van Dyne version had a cameo in Ant-Man) but shares headlining status, making her the first... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Iron Man

Original US release date: May 2, 2008 Production budget: $140,000,000 Worldwide gross: $585,174,222 Where does one begin when discussing the lasting impact this movie has had on the film industry, worldwide culture, and our lives, in general?  Let's start here: Marvel was in trouble.  They had filed for bankruptcy and needed money badly.  They were... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Batman Returns

Original US release date: June 19, 1992 Production budget: $80,000,000 Worldwide gross: $266,822,354 Following the successful reinvention of the Batman character by Frank Miller in DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns series, director Tim Burton achieved the same result in the world of live-action entertainment when he released Batman in 1989 to massive audience enthusiasm and... Continue Reading →

Review – Deadpool 2

Josh Brolin is having one heck of a summer, isn't he?  First he stood toe-to-toe with the Avengers as Thanos and now here he is as the fan-favorite character Cable, giving Deadpool a run for his money (unless they're friends, of course.  One can never tell with these two.).  Deadpool 2 has been highly anticipated... Continue Reading →

Review – Avengers: Infinity War

We weren't ready. Here we are.  We have arrived at one of the most anticipated films of all-time, if not the single most-anticipated.  Ten years ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man.  Over the course of the next four years, Marvel Studios built to what, at the time, we thought was their end game - The... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Spawn

Original US release date: August 1, 1997 Production budget: $40,000,000 Worldwide gross: $87,840,042 For those who don't remember, Spawn was a big deal back in the nineties.  Created by comic book legend Todd MacFarlane for the Image Comics series of the same name, Spawn was easily the biggest and most popular comic book character of... Continue Reading →

Review – Black Panther

If one needed any further evidence that Marvel Studios has its fingers firmly on the pulse of modern audiences, look no further than the fervor surrounding the newest entry in the vaunted Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.  While the Black Panther has been well-known to comic fans for over fifty years after being created... Continue Reading →

Review – Justice League

It's taken a very long time to get here, but we finally have a live-action Justice League movie.  The road to the film hasn't been the smoothest, but DC and Warner Brothers got the job done, one way or another, and now it's time to sit back and take it in.  The marketing has felt a... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Fantastic Four (2015)

Original US release date: August 7, 2015 Production budget: $120,000,000 Worldwide gross: $167,977,596 Well, here we go.  I talk a lot about the entitlement of modern audiences - especially those from the comic book fanbase - and no film in recent memory is a better example of that fan entitlement than Josh Trank's 2015 Fantastic Four. ... Continue Reading →

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