‘Dark Phoenix’ brings a smoldering end to the X-Men film franchise

After 19 years, 12 films, 2 Phoenix saga-focused films, and 1 franchise-binding Wolverine, the X-Men franchise is over. Dark Phoenix wraps up the X-Men prequel films and franchise before the inevitable Disney/MCU reboot switch is turned on. After an established history, I couldn’t see this franchise ending with anything less than an applause. It is heartbreaking to see it wane with a finale as hollow as Dark Phoenix.

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2018’s Best

When I look back at 2018 in film, I will remember a few things: this was a great year for documentaries; foreign and world cinema are on the rise; smaller studios are creating the majority of original content and interesting projects right now; the superhero genre continues to grow and still has the ability to break the hearts of their fans, both positively and negatively. Overall, I’d like to think that 2018 was a very strong year for film – filled with its ups and downs, successes and failures. Many studio films balanced monetary and critical success excellently and smaller films challenged many perceptions we have and placed them under a sometimes uncomfortable microscope.

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Disney’s Galactic mistake with James Gunn

If you have been living under a rock, Disney and Marvel have been dealing with a fair amount of controversy and backlash in the last few weeks. After the firing of James Gunn over past controversial tweets, the wave of disappointment and anger has been coming from fans and actors alike. As this saga reaches its conclusion with Disney and Marvel standing by their decision, I have a few thoughts about this topic.Read More »

Light ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ a welcome breather as the MCU’s 20th film.

Everyone remember Avengers: Infinity War? The culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that was paced with amazing action sets, high stakes, and ripped out the hearts of fans all over the world by the time the end credits rolled. But we missed out on one of the more entertaining Avengers.Where was Ant-Man? The twentieth entry in the MCU franchise, Ant-Man and The Wasp, answers that very question.Read More »

‘Deadpool 2’ is another breath of comedic fresh air in the superhero genre.

Over the last few years since the superhero movie genre has taken off, the films have become diversified as far as adding different elements for the world-saving good guys. From the bank heist twists of Ant-Man to the buddy cop addition to Thor: Ragnarok, the range of superhero films is ever expanding.

But there is one hero (or anti-hero) that continues to buck tradition and do things his way. In 2016’s hit, Ryan Reynolds starred as the foul mouthed hero/anti-hero Deadpool and enjoyed breaking down the fourth wall every chance that he got while saving his girlfriend.

In this sequel, Reynolds keeps up the charm and strong performance among the gory and glee as DP’s world expands with new characters, displaying the power of personal virtue and promise of second chances all while not taking itself too seriously. Which is honestly the best part. Read More »

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a dazzling comic-book spectacle a decade in the making

18 movies. 10 years. After much build-up, pre-release hype, and social-media speculation and guessing games along with every small superhero collaborations and victory, the time finally arrived. Marvel Studios brought all of their heroes together – and they did mean “all” – for a battle for the fate of the universe.

A movie that has had a decade worth of world-building and preparation for the heroes to fight the Big Bad of their world, Avengers: Infinity War is not only a culmination to a long, winding road that started in 2008, but an event unlike any that have come before it on the big screen…and maybe ever again.

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