REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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The review does not include spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, (dirs. Anthony & Joe Russo) but you should absolutely expect spoilers for every film that came before it in the connected universe.

“All that for a drop of blood,” Thanos, the Mad Titan, groaned in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War moments before Doctor Strange relinquished the time stone to save Tony Stark’s life. Soon the not-so-seasoned Avengers turned to dust. The teenaged talking tree, the brave wall-crawler, an African king with a seemingly impenetrable suit made to look like an anthropomorphic big cat, and a quippy, tricker-happy, 70s music-loving outlaw — all gone from one moment to the next. Those left standing were left to live with their mistakes, as the Avengers had now well and truly lost even though a Norse God, multiple supersoldiers, an eccentric billionaire, and a magical surgeon — to name a few — had fought long and hard to save fifty-percent of the known universe. They failed. If those sentences made no sense to you whatsoever, then Avengers: Endgame isn’t for you. If, however, you’ve been waiting to see — nay, obsessing about — what comes next for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, then Endgame was designed for you. It is a somber epic like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Avengers: Endgame is peerless in scope and attention to detail, as well as moving from start to finish. Continue reading “REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)”

REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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The following is a review of Ant-Man and the Wasp — Directed by Peyton Reed.

When the first Ant-Man came out, it functioned as the epilogue to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which, at that time, had just given us the jam-packed team-up film Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ant-Man was thus a refreshing solo film that acted as a palate cleanser of sorts.

Now, after Avengers: Infinity War’s ending blindsided audiences around the world, Ant-Man and the Wasp is here to act as the much needed lighthearted palate cleanser, and, just like with the first Ant-Man film, it is another good and fun Marvel movie. It is everything you expect it to be, and yet it doesn’t answer all of your questions. Continue reading “REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)”

REVIEW: MUTE (2018)

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The following is a review of the Netflix Original Film MUTE — Directed by Duncan Jones.

Duncan Jones’ fourth feature film MUTE, which is dedicated to his late father David Bowie and his late nanny Marion Skene, is a science-fiction film in the vein of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. It tells the story of a search for a missing person in the melting pot of a futuristic and dirty Berlin, which, in true Blade Runner fashion, is bathed in neon lights and bluish colors. The film’s protagonist is an unlikely outsider — a tall and mute bartender named Leo (played by Alexander Skarsgård) who lost the ability to speak as a child in a violent motorboat propellor accident.  Continue reading “REVIEW: MUTE (2018)”

REVIEW: The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

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Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a quick review of The Fundamentals of Caring, directed by Rob Burnett.

Based on the novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caring, by Jonathan Evison, the Netflix original film, The Fundamentals of Caring follows Ben (played by Paul Rudd), a caregiver, who has been hired to take care of Trevor (played by Craig Roberts), who suffers from Duchennes muscular dystrophy.

Trevor is pretty rude to Ben, but after they get to know each other Ben, and Trevor’s mother (played by Jennifer Ehle), arrange for Trevor to go on a road trip with Ben to see some of the more odd sights on the American highway. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)”

Marvelous Monday #34 – Are We Getting An Ant-Man Sequel?

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Beware of spoilers from Ant-Man

A lot of things happened at Marvel Studios this last week. The Creative Committee was, according to some reports, disbanded, and Disney changed who Kevin Feige reports to. Ike Perlmutter no longer makes the decisions. Perlmutter has supposedly treated people poorly as a representative of Marvel, but we don’t know what this will mean in the long run. Therefore I chose to write about something else instead – are we getting an Ant-Man sequel?

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REVIEW: Wet Hot American Summer – First Day of Camp (2015)

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“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” is available on Netflix and functions as a prequel to the 2001 comedy “Wet Hot American Summer”

Let me preface this by saying that I didn’t watch the original film when it was first released. Somehow I had never heard of the film until a few years ago. Before watching the film I considered it a potential hidden gem featuring some of my favorite actors. Then I watched it, and I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the film – but I never loved it. Somehow this prequel show made me a believer. Continue reading “REVIEW: Wet Hot American Summer – First Day of Camp (2015)”

REVIEW: Ant-Man (2015)

Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios’ poster for Ant-Man (2015).

The following is a spoiler-free review of Marvel’s Ant-Man (2015).

We’ve reached the final film of Marvel Studios‘ Phase Two – Ant-Man is here. If this sounds like Marvel has gone for one of the most obscure comic books they’ve ever done, then you’re not entirely wrong. The general public wouldn’t be that familiar with the character, but he is not unimportant – his film is much more than a stopgap between Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America 3 – in fact, this origin story is a breath of fresh air for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Continue reading “REVIEW: Ant-Man (2015)”

Teaser Trailer Released For Ant-Man

Six months ago I was very vocal in saying that Marvel should probably rethink Ant-Man – its release, the film – everything. I even said they should table the character until they, inevitably, reboot the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the US premiere of Agent Carter – a show about Peggy Carter starring Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role from the Captain America-films – Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lily. Today, I’ll give you my thoughts. Do I still feel this is a mistake? Continue reading “Teaser Trailer Released For Ant-Man”

Can Marvel Save Ant-Man? – Should They?

I like to consider myself somewhat of a Marvel fanboy, and that’s definitely the case when talking about Tony Stark. Peter Quill and Thor himself. However, while I was looking very much forward to the Ant-Man movie, it has most certainly stalled – and we are now looking at some kind of trainwreck – unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Process so far. This post will dive into whether Feige & Co. can fix this mess – and in length, if that’s the best thing to do right now.

Let’s look at its problems. In late may, Ant-Man director and fan – Edgar Wright – was let go of the project. Thus leaving many fanboys, both of Marvel and Wright, shocked and angered. Do also note that Wright’s director of photography was leaving the project in the process. In the days that followed, numerous directors openly declined the opportunity to rewrite and/or direct the movie. In came Adam McKay (to rewrite) and Peyton Reed (to direct). This will be Reed’s first feature film project since 2008’s Yes Man, and that leaves some puzzled at the direction of Kevin Feige. Now, in late july, three actors have left the project (two due to being written out, and Patrick Wilson due to scheduling conflicts).

Now, worse things have happened in Hollywood – but not really in the MCU. If we were to solely focus on the story of the project, we also encounter problems – in my humble opinion. Do note some PROBABLE SPOILERS for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, to follow. I really attribute two things to the role of Ant-Man. One, there’s the horrible ‘scandal’ involving ‘striking his wife’ in the comic – and secondly (most importantly), the creation of SPOILERS…… Ultron. Now to be created by Tony Stark instead, in the Avengers sequel.

Where does this leave the future of Ant-Man? Well, they could ride out the storm – and still get a good film out of it. However, this has been a publicity failure for the film – and could potentially derail riskier projects from Marvel. Personally? I think it’d be wise to table the Ant-Man project until they reboot/remake the universe around 2025 (I guess, calmly). Ant-Man needs to be the creator of… Well, you’ve read it by now.

What do you think would be wise for Marvel? Should they simply push the date a year forward? Or should they concede defeat, and cancel the film entirely? Is it too late? Sound off in the comments.