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An Overview of Marvel’s ‘Infinity Saga’ (2008-2019)

I do not care for contemporary superhero movie franchises, their fanbases, their audiovisual styles, or the superhero archetype on film in general; I have tired of their overexposure in the popular culture zeitgeist since at least the early 2010s. Like Japanese animation, I’m aware these movements are passionate and have achieved significant mainstream acceptance, having … Continue reading

‘In the Heights’ (2021): Please Stop Singing

Directed by: Jon M. Chu || Produced by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs Screenplay by: Quiara Alegría Hudes || Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Jimmy Smits Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda || Cinematography: Alice Brooks || Edited by: Myron … Continue reading

‘Mortal Kombat’ (1995) vs. ‘Mortal Kombat’ (2021): Test Your Might

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson [1] Simon McQuoid [2] || Produced by: Lawrence Kansanoff [1], James Wan, Todd Garner, Simon McQuoid, E. Bennett Walsh [2] Screenplay by: Kevin Droney [1], Greg Russo, Dave Callaham [2] || Starring: Linden Ashby, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson, Talisa Soto, Christopher Lambert [1], Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, … Continue reading

‘Godzilla vs Kong’ (2021): The MonsterVerse May Be the Best Universe

Directed by: Adam Wingard || Produced by: Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod Screenplay by: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein || Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir Music by: Tom Holkenborg || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982, 2019): A Masterwork of Puppetry and Fantasy

Created by: Jim Henson [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews [2] || Written by: David Odell [1], Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, J.M. Lee, Vivian Lee, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Kari Drake, Margaret Dunlap [2]  Directed by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz [1] Louis Leterrier [2] || Starring: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards … Continue reading

‘Tenet’ (2020): The Film that Killed Theatrical Blockbusters?

Directed by: Christopher Nolan || Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan || Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh Music by: Ludwig Göransson || Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema || Edited by: Jennifer Lame || Country: United Kingdom, United States || Language: English Running Time: 150 … Continue reading

‘Abyss’ (1989) & ‘Underwater’ (2020): An Aquatic Double-Review

Directed by: James Cameron [1], William Eubank [2] || Produced by: Gale Anne Hurd [1], Peter Chernin, Tonia Davis, Jenno Topping [2] Screenplay by: James Cameron [1], Brian Duffield, Adam Cozad [2] || Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn [1], Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, T. J. … Continue reading

‘The Invisible Man’ (2020): The #MeToo of Monsters

Directed by: Leigh Whannell || Produced by: Jason Blum, Kylie du Fresne Screenplay by: Leigh Whannell || Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen Music by: Benjamin Wallfisch || Cinematography: Stefan Duscio || Edited by: Andy Canny || Country: United States, Australia || Language: English Running Time: 124 minutes … Continue reading

‘Sin City’ (2005): Another Tiresome, Overrated Nostalgia-Fest from Robert Rodriguez

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller || Produced by: Elizabeth Avellan, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Screenplay by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez || Starring: Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood Music by: John Debney, Graeme Revell, Robert Rodriguez || Cinematography: Robert Rodriguez || Edited by: Robert Rodriguez … Continue reading

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ (2019): Review and A ‘Star Wars’ Retrospective Analysis

Directed by: J. J. Abrams || Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan Screenplay by: J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio || Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian … Continue reading