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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 totally unable … 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 With the MCU’s general quality and substance examined, it’s important to remember exactly how we got here and how today’s super-saturated superhero-movie adaptation environment came to be. Superhero blockbusters are certainly not a new thing, nor is the Marvel Cinematic Universe the first mainstream … Continue reading

From Many, One: A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Future of the Superhero Film

“You think you’re the only superhero in the world? You’ve become part of a bigger universe; you just don’t know it yet.” — Samuel L. Jackson – – INTRODUCTION As much as someone like Mark Cousins would love to argue otherwise, the multi-billion dollar industry that is the international movie business is run and dominated … Continue reading

‘Interstellar’ (2014): Review

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): Review

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): Review

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): Review

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): Review

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): Review

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

New Things to Come…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new reviews or essays on anything (stupid things like college and preparing for graduation keep getting in the way ), so I thought I’d post a little heads-up for all the stuff to come for those who are interested. I’ve got a lot of Hollywood reviews backed up … Continue reading