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A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Part IV: The “Problem” with Superhero Films

IV: The “Problem” with Superhero Films In the end, one of the most annoying things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and most superhero films in general is how comic fans take them too seriously and no else seems to take them seriously enough. The end result is that different sets of audiences seem unable to … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Parts II and III: Precursors to the MCU and the Marvel’s Impact on Hollywood

II. Precursor’s to the MCU and the Modern Hollywood Superhero Craze Superhero blockbusters are not a new thing, nor is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) the first mainstream hit featuring an iconic Marvel character. In comparison to decades past and the incredible marketability of anything comic book-related, nowadays, putting the MCU and the rise of … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Future of the Superhero Film

As much as someone like Mark Cousins would love to argue otherwise, the multi-billion dollar industry that is the international movie business is dominated by blockbusters. Blockbuster films, high-concept, big budget “event” movies that attract and pander to the masses with their glorious (or mind-numbing) spectacle and entertain (or insult the intelligence of) millions upon … Continue reading

‘Interstellar’ (2014): The Ultimate Christopher Nolan Movie

Directed by: Christopher Nolan || Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst Screenplay by: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan || Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Josh Stewart, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Topher Grace Music by: Hans Zimmer || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘Fury’ (2014): David Ayer’s Grimy War Drama

Directed by: David Ayer || Produced by: Bill Block, John Lesher, Alex Ott, Ethan Smith, David Ayer Screenplay by: David Ayer || Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Alicia von Rittberg, Xavier Samuel, Anamaria Marinca Music by: Steven Price || Cinematography: Roman Vasyanov || Edited by: … Continue reading

‘Gone Girl’ (2014): David Fincher Turns the Rom-Com Awesome

Directed by: David Fincher || Produced by: Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon, Cean Chaffin Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn || Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson, Missi Pyle, Sela Ward, Emily RatajkowskiLisa Banes, Scoot McNairy Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (2014): It’s Not Directed by Michael Bay, OK?

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman || Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick, Ian Bryce Screenplay by: Josh Appelbuam, Andre Nemec, Evan Daugherty || Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Whoopi Goldberg, Taran Killiam Music by: Brian Tyler … Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014): It’s ‘Star Wars,’ but Marvel

Directed by: James Gunn || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman || Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro Music by: Tyler Bates || Cinematography: Ben Davis || Edited by: Craig … Continue reading

‘Boyhood’ (2014): It Took 12 Years to Make

Directed by: Richard Linklater || Produced by: Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss Screenplay by: Richard Linklater || Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Libby Villari, Marco Perella, Brad Hawkins, Jenni Tooley, Zoe Graham, Zoe Graham Cinematography: Lee Daniel, Shane Kelly || Edited by: Sandra Adair || Country: United States … Continue reading