A lot has happened in the last decade. For starters, I had way more hair, Facebook was in the news for less nefarious reasons, and I was just still living with my parents. Let’s see….What else…. Oh yes. A trenchcoat clad Samuel L. Jackson said two simple words: “Avenger’s Initiative”. Does anyone remember how they felt when they heard those two words? I do, and they were magical and promising. My young brain couldn’t imagine the effect they would have.
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I’m finding it very hard to dislike Steven Spielberg. It seems that enjoying his repertoire is the equivalent to liking ice cream and laughing. It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t like either. His newest movie to come out is Ready Player One, based on Ernest Kline’s novel of the same name. It could have been a glorified computer graphic nightmare, full of nostalgia lacking any kind of substance. But in the hands of the man who made some of the most memorable and stunning movies, it turned out to be a heartfelt love letter for gamers and geeks alike. Insert credit for Ready Player One.
The Academy Awards are coming up this weekend, so please put on your fanciest duds, get your Oscar excel spreadsheet ready, and get excited for the glitz, glamour, and the biggest movie event of the year!
Black Panther is such a different beast than the other movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. I went in expecting an experience like the Captain America sequels, but I was mistaken. It happens.
Once again, Hugh Jackman is sent into the past, sports a set of sideburns, and faces obstacles affecting his family, his finance, and his freedom. Only with a troupe of outcasts can he finally achieve the sense of excitement he truly craves. As Wolverine, he has an admantium skeleton, a berserker rage, and flurry of claws. This time, he portrays P.T Barnum, of the Barnum & Bailey Circus fame, he sports a top hat, a golden voice, and throws around flourishes in choreographed dances.
On the surface, Guillermo del Toro’s movies all have a similar feel, his trademarks are monsters, machines, and bucketlaods of slime. His fascination for the weird and supernatural is ever-present in all of his works. Deeper down, for the most part, his movies are far kinder.
One of the worst offenses a movie can commit is be mediocre. Everyone remembers both great films as well as terrible films. Even if these films are on the opposite side of the spectrum in quality, memorable scenes will be ingrained in our brain like an embarrassing first kiss, to that passionate tenth one. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is an awful movie, just awful.
There is much to be said about a good Star Wars game. Lightning-fast action, some respect for the lore – as crazy as the lore can get -, and great graphics. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is all that, and even more. But as we gun down TIE Fighters in a flurry of laser beams, one thing remains clear: EA wants your money. Any way they can get it.
The scent of spices on a cold night in the desert. The faint light of torches, far away. And between two houses, a shadowy figure: our hero, who will need all of his wit – and probably his wip, to triumph against the forces of Evil. Welcome to the City of Brass.