Month: March 2016

REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Theatrical Release Poster – Marvel Studios – Paramount Pictures

The following is a review of Captain America: The First Avenger, a Joe Johnston film. The review was written in early 2016.

I’ll be the first to admit that I really didn’t have a lot of strong feelings for Captain America prior to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I hadn’t really been interested in the character: to me, he was just this patriotic ‘boy-scout’. I didn’t think Marvel would be able to really make me love the character. Boy, was I wrong!
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REVIEW: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Theatrical Release Poster – Marvel Studios

The following is a review of Thor: The Dark World.

Thor: The Dark World is the sequel to what I believe is one of the most underrated superhero films of the 21st Century: Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. I never expected for this sequel to be as great as the first Thor (especially not when I heard that Kenneth Branagh wasn’t returning), but I expected a good movie. In the end, I was left with one of the most disappointing films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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REVIEW: Better Call Saul – “Inflatable”

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The following is a review of the seventh episode of the second season of Better Call Saul, available on AMC in the U.S. and on Netflix in Europe. Expect story spoilers. 

In the seventh episode of this season of Better Call Saul (“Inflatable”), Jimmy makes a life-changing decision, Mike helps his daughter-in-law again, and Kim ponders what offer she should accept. Inflatable is another memorable episode of Better Call Saul.
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REVIEW: Thor (2011)

Thor Poster

The following is a review of Thor, a Kenneth Branagh film.

Thor was the first film that really made it clear to me that Marvel Studios could make any hero character interesting and cool. What really made this film work was how they managed to add both humor and Shakespearian dialogue to a film about a Norse God. I absolutely love this film, though, I do realize that I might be one of the biggest fans of this film. (more…)

RETRO REVIEW: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk Poster

Theatrical Release Poster – Marvel Studios – Universal Pictures

The following is a retro review of The Incredible Hulk, a Louis Leterrier film.

Five years after Ang Lee released his version of a Hulk-film, Marvel Studios decided to make a quasi-sequel/reboot of Bruce Banner’s adventures and make it a part of a newly planned franchise. But while The Incredible Hulk became the second film in a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, stuff behind the scenes would end up making this film the least important that Marvel Studios produced in the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

REVIEW: Star Wars Rebels – Season One (2014-2015)

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The following is a review of the first season of Star Wars Rebels.

I was never sure that I was going to watch Star Wars Rebels. The fact of the matter is that I didn’t enjoy every season of The Clone Wars. But I decided to give Rebels a chance, and I was hooked almost instantly. I loved the first season so much that I bought it on Blu-Ray in December 2015, even though the entire season was available on Netflix Denmark.

The first season of Rebels is perfect for all ages, and you definitely don’t need to have seen The Clone Wars to enjoy it. I had some problems adjusting to the animation style of The Clone Wars, but have had no such problem with Rebels, to be perfectly honest.   (more…)

Late March Update: Opinion Piece Shake-Up

Update

The following is an update in the form of bullet points on the return of Detective Comics Saturday and the formal introduction of Polarizing. Reviews are unscheduled, but if you want me to review a certain film (retro or classic), then please reach out on Twitter or in the comments below.

  • Box Office Predictions: Box Office Predictions will still be released on the first Wednesday of every month.
  • Dagobah Day: Dagobah Day will still be released on the first Monday of every month, and I’m really having a lot of fun writing this opinion piece. Please feel free to bring up possible subjects in the comment section below.
  • Detective Comics Saturday: This is the big news update today. Recently, I asked on Twitter whether or not I should write about DC Comics/the DC Cinematic Universe again, and most people wanted it to happen. Detective Comics Saturday will return on the first Saturday of April, and then continue on the first Saturday of every month.
  • Favorite Thespians: Favorite Thespians will still be released on the fourth Monday of every month. However, March was a bit different, as I wanted to write about Ben Affleck prior to seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Marvelous Monday: Marvelous Monday will still be released on the second Monday of every month. However, it might end up on its second hiatus, if it doesn’t get a better response in April. Please recommend the opinion pieces to anyone you feel would be interested in them.
  • Polarizing: Polarizing premiered in March with a post on Man of Steel. I am considering posting something on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Stargate at some point, but it is still an unscheduled opinion piece.
  • The Collection: The Collection will still be released on the third Monday of every month.
  • Motion Picture Thoughts: Motion Picture Thoughts is still unscheduled, but I am currently working on a Academy Analysis-post, wherein I talk about what the Academy got wrong over the years.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex