Spider-Man: Homecoming

For those keeping track, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the Spider-Man series in the last half-decade (the third version of this movie franchise overall in modern times). After the decidedly lukewarm reception to the two The Amazing Spider-Man films, the folks over at Sony elected to create a new Spider-Man series that was more […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Growing up, I was an enormous fan of the Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey. Their unique brand of wit, humor, and creativity (e.g., allowing the reader to employ primitive animation in the books through a technique hilariously referred to as Flip-O-Rama) really struck a chord with me. And while I have long since aged out […]

Wonder Woman

There was a great deal riding on this summer’s Wonder Woman. This is the female superhero, above all others; in and of itself that puts a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to make a good film about her, one that is not only entertaining but also respectful to the essence of her character. It doesn’t help that […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit the summer it came out. Though most audiences were unfamiliar with its Marvel Comics source material, the film’s fresh combination of Star Wars-style visuals, endearing characters, raunchy humor, and a retro 60s/70s soundtrack won them over in droves. More broadly, in addition to being another feather in […]

Logan

I recently saw Logan twice within a twenty-four hour period. The first time I saw it, I was unfortunate enough to be in the same theater as a family with no real film-manners to speak of. For the entirety of the picture’s run time, they made all manner of noise. The children whined (as a side […]

Doctor Strange

The whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more than the sum of its parts. The series in its entirety is regarded quite positively; and it has a considerable legacy in terms of how it has redefined filmmaking and the way in which pulp material is perceived by the masses; but on a film-by-film bases, it’s somewhat hit and […]

Suicide Squad

Let’s take stock of the DC Extended Universe so far. And by that I really mean let me tell you what I think about these movies. I loved Man of Steel while acknowledging that it has problems. I did not care for the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman, but I thought the extended cut was a […]