Marvel Studios took a big risk with Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a fringe Marvel property and not the kind of film that on paper would attract the number of fans who went to see the Spider-Man or Captain America movies. Even more than that, they put comedy director James Gunn at the helm and let him take the film in a much different direction than the rest of the franchise. Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
If Logan is the best of the three solo Wolverine films, I am grateful I’ve been spared from the previous two titles because this is some of the most mediocre storytelling I’ve seen in a long time. The R-rating does not add any gravitas and depth to the film, just more offensive content to try to cash in on the success of Deadpool. Continue reading Logan (2017)
Back when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in its infancy, I was skeptical that it would produce anything good. Iron Man 2 was an abysmal start and Thor certainly didn’t do anything to assuage the feeling that the whole thing was doomed to fail. It was Joss Whedon who finally breathed some life into the MCU with The Avengers. but as the years pass, the warts of that film become clearer and clearer. Continue reading Doctor Strange (2016)
In a post-911 landscape, the American blockbuster has become a place to reframe and relive the trauma of seeing the twin towers fall. Film after film depicts the rancid destruction of skyscrapers, but in a way that often felt part of pure entertainment spectacle with no people leaping to their deaths or bodies strewn in the streets. Continue reading Captain America: Civil War and the Weight of Violence
Note: This is a review of the first four volumes of Astonishing X-Men (2004): Gifted, Dangerous, Torn, and Unstoppable.
Picking up after the events of The Dark Phoenix Saga, Astonishing X-Men attempts to bring the group back together into something that resembles a team. Cyclops and Emma Frost run the school supported by Beast while Wolverine and Kitty Pride return to the school with some amount of skepticism. Tensions rise between the group, but when an alien known as Ord shows up, the group is forced to work together. Continue reading Astonishing X-Men (Whedon/Cassaday Run)