Category: Superhero Movies

Joker: Origins of psychosis and villainy

It can be said that there’s no true originality left in cinema. Everything seems pulled from pieces of movie history, homages or outright rip-offs of films gone by. Audacious and transgressive, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” is clearly influenced by the work of cinematic legend Martin Scorsese, particularly his 1976 classic “Taxi Driver” and the 1983 cult of celebrity dramedy “The King of Comedy.” It also … Read More Joker: Origins of psychosis and villainy

Spider-Man Far From Home: Passing the superhero torch

Spider-Man has some big shoes to fill. Following a 22-movie march to the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has always been building towards something larger. Left in the wake of the second highest grossing film of all time, superhero movies turn once again to a web-slinging wall-crawler to point the way forward. Such is the daunting task before “Spider-Man: Far … Read More Spider-Man Far From Home: Passing the superhero torch

Avengers Endgame: A decade in the making

Finality. Whether it continues its stranglehold over the cinematic conversation for the next eight months or not, Marvel Studios’ latest feature has immediately become the film event of 2019. (Or at least until the next Star Wars chapter drops in December.) For many younger audiences, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has largely come to shape and define their movie going experience through 22 interconnected … Read More Avengers Endgame: A decade in the making

Shazam: Superhero fatigue

There isn’t anything remarkable, groundbreaking or transcendent about “Shazam,” the latest in a never ending cavalcade of superhero movies “you just have to see on the big screen.” The latest offering of DC Comics films from Warner Brothers is invariably entertaining in the moment, but lacks a certain dynamic energy that will resonate with moviegoers after the credits roll. It’s got a clear, unique … Read More Shazam: Superhero fatigue

Captain Marvel: Pregame to an Endgame

The fate of the universe lies in the balance. It’s the central conceit of any galactic space opera or bombastic superhero adventure. But rarely does it feel more true than with “Captain Marvel,” the new feature from the indie writing/directing duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck that just also happens to be the 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The weight … Read More Captain Marvel: Pregame to an Endgame

Venom: Dr. Hardy and Mr. Mediocre Movie

Tom Hardy deserves better. Watching the talented actor’s latest film, it’s easy to tell that no one on screen cares more about their performance or has thought about their character more than Hardy. Everything about his work is nuanced, with immense planning given to the affectation of each line, the physicality involved and the Jekyll and Hyde quality his work espouses. But stuck in … Read More Venom: Dr. Hardy and Mr. Mediocre Movie

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Scaled down super heroism

There are 20 official Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s almost as many as there are James Bond flicks (24), seven more than “Star Trek” (13) and more than “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies (16 total) combined. Somehow, Marvel continues to be at the top of their game with critical and commercial mega-hit … Read More Ant-Man and the Wasp: Scaled down super heroism

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Incredibles 2: The art of sequel-izing

Maybe we’ve forgotten what it takes to make a truly great sequel. In our lasting obsession with more, more, more and now, now, now, audiences have been demanding instant gratification and ever expanding cinematic universes. Money hungry studios are more than willing to oblige. It’s gotten to the point where the two-year average from box office hit to follow-up film feels like too long. … Read More Incredibles 2: The art of sequel-izing

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Deadpool 2: Rated R for retread

If you’re one of a growing number of frequent moviegoers tiring of the superhero genre, “Deadpool 2” is the epitome of everything you’ve come to hate. Everything feels bloated and rehashed; the villains are under-written, poorly acted and inconsequential to the story as a whole. It’s the same movie all over again. But if you’re among an equally large number of fervent fans desperate … Read More Deadpool 2: Rated R for retread

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Avengers Infinity War: No spoilers necessary

Ten years and 18 films have lead to this moment. Nearly a decade to the day after the release of a Robert Downey Jr. led superhero movie, 2008’s “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios breaks the bank once again with the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” a grandiose, visually indulgent action spectacle that will earn more money with its release than some smaller studios will in … Read More Avengers Infinity War: No spoilers necessary

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Justice League: Super friends team-up

Putting Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and The Flash on screen together should be a pretty exciting, slam-dunk of a movie. But then why does “Justice League,” the latest DC Comics film from director Zack Snyder, feel so much like a rollercoaster ride? There’s a lot of ups over the course of two hours, but a lot of wild left turns and some heavy downs … Read More Justice League: Super friends team-up

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Thor: Ragnarok: Hammering home the comedy

Superheroes to the rescue! After a lackluster summer at the box office, Hollywood hit back in a big way as Disney sent a film to the big screen for the first time since June with “Thor: Ragnarok.” The latest in the ever popular Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise brought home $121 million nationally, giving moviegoers their first slam dunk reason to head to theaters since … Read More Thor: Ragnarok: Hammering home the comedy