Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, Colin Friels
Back before Sam Raimi made the Spider-Man trilogy, he directed and co-wrote Darkman starring Liam Neeson as a crime fighting scientist whom could alter his facial appearance.
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A local radio DJ talked about how much he liked Avengers: Infinity War. He was able to follow what was happening in the film despite not being a big comic book movie fan. I’m a little surprised that someone with a passing interest in superhero films could wrap their head around a fairly complex universe that consists of 18 films prior. I would say a good handful of these films would be prerequisites to fully appreciate what Marvel is accomplishing with Avengers: Infinity War. I’m not sure if the radio DJ was trying to be funny when he asked “how come Wonder Woman is not in this?”
My perspective is from having watched the Marvel Films. Sure, some of them fell short of expectations. That’s not the case with Avengers: Infinity War, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film. At the same time, I can understand why not everyone is on board with it.
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Ready Player One is a high energy blend of pop culture nostalgia and futuristic virtual reality technology. Director Steven Spielberg is aiming for another escapist action adventure sci-fi blockbuster. Although Spielberg hits the mark with a fast pace and an enjoyable fun factor, Ready One Player doesn’t quite rise to the level of this director’s best hit movies.
Warning: Minor Spoilers below
Everybody’s talking about Black Panther. Marvel Studio’s film centered on T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the superhero Blank Panther and king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, provides many meaningful topics worthy of discussion. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) the real world concerns raised in Black Panther is open to different levels of examination and perspectives.
Black Panther begins with a flashback to Oakland in 1992, when T’Challa’s father makes a couple of fateful decisions. In the present day, T’Challa’s father recently died and now T’Challa is to become king of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country due to an all-purpose, virtually indestructible vibranium meteorite landing there ages ago. The use of a cloaking device prevents the outside world from knowing the truth about Wakanda and their decision to remain in relative isolation.
Call Me By Your Name (2017) and Lady Bird (2017) Movie Review
Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird are well received by both film critics and movie fans. Heading into the Oscar nomination announcements, these two films are getting a certain amount of buzz. Coincidentally, Timothée Chalamet is the lead actor in Call Me By Your Name and he also plays a minor role in Lady Bird.
Superhero movies continue to dominate. Each of this year’s big six live-action superhero movies are in the top ten at the box office for 2017. DC served up a double volley with the first Wonder Woman film and the team-up Justice League. The best stand-alone Wolverine movie marks the end of Hugh Jackman’s era as Logan. Marvel Studios is still going strong adding Spider-Man: Homecoming into their shared universe. Here’s a personal take on how the biggest superheroes movies of 2017 stacked up. Your opinions may vary from this list, you can share your own rankings in the comments below.
Just a quick note, for a friendly discussion on 2017 Superhero Movies, check out Film Focus podcast hosted by Hypersonic55 Realm of Reviews and Other Stuff. P.S. There will be mild spoilers for Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Wonder Woman. Thanks to Hypersonic55 for inviting me on his podcast.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Review
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher
Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us hanging with some intriguing questions including who are Rey’s parents and what’s going to happen now that Rey has found Luke Skywalker. On the critical side, Star Wars: The Last Jedi needs to take risks and tell an original story in order to address some concerns with the 2015 reboot.
The two years in between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi may have felt like a long time but not as long as the decade between Episode III and VII. Still, for Star Wars fans the anticipation level is very high and The Last Jedi has a plenty of hype to live up to. Overall, The Last Jedi is decent enough in the first half and then hits its stride after the middle section. Fan reaction has been polarizing to say the least.
This post contains spoiler-free reaction. For spoiler-filled comments on specific events please check out the full review.
Wind River (2017) Review
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille
Shot Caller (2017) Movie Review
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Emory Cohen
Justice League could have been worse. The DC superhero team up flick is a run-of-the-mill mediocre effort that shouldn’t be written off as a complete mess. There’s some decent moments here and there. The sum of the good parts: Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman is not enough to elevate Justice League into an above average spectacle.