When I was but a wee spider-lad, my roving gang of pre-teen friends thought it would be fun to sit front row for the opening of Spider-Man, the new film by Sam Raimi starring Toby Maguire. I knew nothing of Maguire, and even less of Raimi, but I knew I loved the 90’s Spider-Man Animated Series, and was thrilled to find that movie Spider-Man brought some semblance of that action, melodrama, and Peter Parker to the screen. As I craned my neck skyward and nearly went blind, I remember thinking “We will have good Spider-Man movies for the rest of my life!” [Read more…] about My Favorite Spider-Man Movie Review – Where Does Homecoming Rank in the MCU?
Comic Book Movies
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is not for the cynical. Nonetheless, I couldn’t shake a disapppointed cynicism for the movie’s first two minutes.
The baby Groot opening dance number feels like fan-service of the most extreme degree, with corporate overlords counting the toy sale dollars to the tune of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” The tiny dancing tree reeked so strongly of “Oh you liked Groot’s post credits dance? Well then you’ll love this!!” [Read more…] about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Movie Review!
It takes all of 5 minutes into Logan to let us know that we’ve never really seen Wolverine well and truly mad, which in many ways means we’ve never seen Wolverine at all. [Read more…] about Logan Movie Review!
There are two reasons I tensed up at the appearance of the Will Arnett voiced Batman in The Lego Movie, in what was otherwise a carefree smiling romp through the Chris Pratt victory hour.
The first was the idea that Lego Batman would mercilessly mock the Caped Crusader, telling me and every Batfan out there that our comic book hero was nothing but parody. The problem isn’t the jokes so much as the reflection of pop culture at large. Is Batman just a gag everywhere outside of actual comic book readership? [Read more…] about The Lego Batman Movie Review!
I had a revelation reading Wild Cards, the George R.R. Martin co-edited superhero universe anthology, for the first time this past month. When new superhero stories are told with confidence, by effective and committed fans of the craft, it’s thrilling, exciting, and flat out FUN to learn where new characters come from, and to welcome them to this new universe you’re developing.
There’s a reason we fell for origin stories in the…
origin… first place. Where we come from matters, establishing both motivation and character in the canonical carbonite template for all future character appearances. [Read more…] about Dr. Strange Review!: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Origin Movies