Ranking All MCU Movies from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Endgame is over now. Thank you, Tony Stark, you're the one who started it all. In a cave. In Afghanistan. Back in 2008. It was that long ago. If you could still remember, there were two big comic book movies in 2008. and if I have to pick between the two, for me, Iron Man... Continue Reading →

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Captain America goes back to the ’70s to save Nick Fury

Everyone's into time travel now, thanks to Avengers: Endgame. It's an interesting concept---time travel. In the MCU, it was first hinted at in Doctor Strange. Then, in Infinity War. Below's an old post of mine, which I came up with after binge-watching Tarantino movies, Scorsese's gangster films, and exploitation movies from the '70s. Yep, I... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Endgame Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Season Finale of the Year

The End Is The Beginning Is The End Avengers: Endgame isn't "the best MCU movie or the best superhero movie since (insert your preference here)," but it does what it has to do, "whatever it takes." Even if that means Endgame makes for an unwieldy, ponderous, pandering, uneven, thrilling ride. It's a crowd-pleaser and super... Continue Reading →

MCU Recap: The Avengers

The Avengers (2012). The cataclysmic results of Loki's entrance in a S.H.I.E.L.D. base was somewhat off-putting, sort of Michael Bay-like, but the movie regains my trust the moment Black Widow and Bruce Banner show up. At the start, Steve Rogers has nothing for Tony Stark but contempt, for Nick Fury and SHIELD, distrust. Bruce Banner... Continue Reading →

MCU Recap: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and The First Avenger

Iron-Man (2008). This is where it all begun, the Mark I of all Marvel movies. This is the movie where Marvel--after deciding to make their own movies based on characters they haven't sold yet--finally hammers it home. In a cave. In Afghanistan. Tony Stark's billionaire-genuis-playboy suits Robert Downey Jr. perfectly in the same the way... Continue Reading →

‘Captain Marvel’ Is A ’90s Remix Of Superhero Origin Movie

Skimmed a few reviews: some says it's good, some says mediocre. Checked its Rotten Tomatoes score ("relatively high") before I went in and kept in mind that Marvel movies tends to get overpraised (i.e., Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Civil War) most of the time. How did it go? It's middling. Just another Marvel movie: bland-looking,... Continue Reading →

‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’ Is Lesser Than ‘Ant-Man’

The first Ant-Man, though admittedly a "small" movie, box-office-wise, is actually one of the less problematic movies in MCU's Phase Two. Ant-Man benefited from the groundwork laid down by Edgar Wright and what dramatic and comedic bits were added later on by its eventual director Peyton Reed and the other writers. Of course there's the... Continue Reading →

‘Aquaman’ Pulls Off Something Beautiful Out of DCEU’s Grimdark Ass

There's a fair amount of cheese and a fair amount of fun to be had in Aquaman. Whether it's characters shouting their silly names (Call me Ocean Master! I'm Black Manta!), or Jason Momoa seemingly just having fun almost the entire time, or director James Wan letting slip a few scenes where Amber Heard couldn't... Continue Reading →

Captain America Trilogy: How To Solve A Problem Like ‘Bucky’

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Wonder why I couldn't like this movie more. It's well made, has a unique look, the right amount of heart, and nice-looking set pieces and action scenes. Found it boring at first, gave it a second look and found Joe Johnston's efforts, quite admirable, though still not a knock... Continue Reading →

13 Reasons Why Deadpool 2 Is The Super Duper $@%!#& Superhero Movie of the Year

Not really a big comic book guy, but if you'd ask me who my favorite comic book characters are, top five would be, in no particular order: Spider-Man, Hulk, Punisher, Cable and Deadpool. That's right, one from MCU's Avengers team but not Iron Man, Thor or Cap and none from Fox's X-Men. Wolverine? I like... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks... Continue Reading →

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Perfectly Executed Action-RPG

Right after the opening salvo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which we find Captain America and Agent Romanoff displaying their super-awesome fighting skills against a group of mercenaries in a SHIELD vessel, I wasn't sure if I was in a movie house or if I just watched a perfectly executed tactical/brawler/action-RPG. Was it... Continue Reading →

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is One Big Superhero Movie Climax

Avengers: Infinity War opens with a distress call---actually a massacre, off-screen. And it's only fitting that after Marvel's most outrageously hilarious movie comes tragedy. I'm referring to Thor: Ragnarok, of course, which ended with Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Hulk and the rest of the Asgardians aboard The Mastermind's fancy ship. They all survived Ragnarok---saw Asgard burn... Continue Reading →

Are You Team ‘Infinity War’ Or Are You Team ‘Deadpool’?

Couldn't we just like them both? Be excited for both? Eggsactly. But where's the fun in that? Also, these are two very different superhero movies. Two movies that operate on very different levels. So let's contrast and compare. One is about a Titan's intergalactic quest for a set of colorful McGuffins, and the resulting powerful... Continue Reading →

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

Hail to the king Wasn't really planning to watch Black Panther. Afraid that this steady diet of tentpole superhero movies has nothing but replaced my enthusiasm for "something different" with disappointments and lowered expectations. But the hype and raves came overflowing that my Spider-sense started tingling. Black Panther's box office success, just like Wonder Woman's... Continue Reading →

2017: Movies & Music Year-end List

Movies I missed some pretty big movies this year. Just like the previous year. And the year before that. And the year before the year before that. And the year before the year before... Oh, this could go on forever. By "pretty big", I mean movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Or... Continue Reading →

Looking Back at Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man

Suck it up Raimi fanboys! Finally got around to watching The Amazing Spider-Man. Oh boy is it great! Not only is it a reboot, it's also an update, an upgrade, both, of the Spider-Man mythos we're mostly familiar with. The guys behind this movie definitely went the extra mile (or extra swing) to give the... Continue Reading →

13 Reasons Why I’m (Not) So Excited About Avengers: Infinity War

Can't say I'm not the least bit excited about Avengers: Infinity War. It is after all an Avengers movie. Something I have always looked forward to more than any other series or sub-franchise in the ongoing Marvel universe. Outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy, of course. One reason I'm not too excited about Infinity... Continue Reading →

Thor: Ragnarok — Some Loud Thunder

Warning: Some Lou Ferrigno-sized spoilers ahead "What are you, god of hammers?" Odin asks Thor at one point in the movie. Then Thor does his thunderbolt thing and we're treated to what might be the coolest battle sequence in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe since Scott Lang turned into Giant-Man, or since Peter Quill made... Continue Reading →

Ranking All MCU Movies from Iron Man to Ragnarok

With the release of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel has now churned out seventeen movies. Yep, that's right. Seventeen fuckin' Marvel movies and almost all of them widely popular with both critics and fans, almost all of them hit big at the box office. But not all of them are great or good. There are few stinkers... Continue Reading →

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

Deadpool reminded me of Spider-Man. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, that is. Deadpool was half the movie that Spider-Man was, but with enough adult things---humor, language, sex, violence---to make up for the lacking half. Spider-Man: Homecoming reminds me a lot of Deadpool, but in terms of the adult things---humor, language, sex, violence---the latter was (in)famous for, Homecoming's... Continue Reading →

Is ‘Logan’ The Best X-Men Movie?

The Last of Wolverine No, I don't think Logan is the greatest comic-book movie since The Dark Knight (which isn't even great to begin with). But it's probably the best X-Men movie yet. I used to agree with the general consensus that X2 was the best of the lot, but Logan is also a remarkable... Continue Reading →

What if Marvel gets Tarantino to do a Captain America spin-off?

Here's what---should Marvel hire Quentin Tarantino and give him 100% free rein: It would be set in the near future where the world is enslaved by Loki and the formation of Avengers never happened. Why? Because a deadly assassin killed Nick Fury in the '70s. Doctor Strange would send Captain America back in time to stop the... Continue Reading →

Logan (James Mangold, 2017)

I don't get this bias towards serious comic book movies. A movie has some convincingly Oscar-worthy drama, then all of a sudden it's the best comic book movie since The Dark Knight. People heap praises on these two movies yet no one bothers to mention Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan's subdued superhero drama and follow-up to... Continue Reading →

Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

I've Seen Stranger Things Like Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, Stephen Strange went to Asia looking for the cure (unbeknownst to the former doctor, the band resides in England---y'know, Three Imaginary Boys, 1979). Unlike Christian Bale's Wayne, Benedict Cumberbach's Dr. Strange has a slick sense of humor ("Just Wong?... Like Adele... Or Aristotle? Drake? Bono?... Continue Reading →

Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010)

Kick-Ass, though more kick-ass than Deadpool, doesn't quite work on a similar level of either Super or Deadpool. It's all about revenge. And Matthew Vaughn's stylish action sequence. Nevermind its premise, or the first half, or Dave Lizewski's thought balloons about being a superhero.

Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)

The Top Secret World of Ant-Man I kept thinking. That this could have been funnier like Shaun of the Dead. That this could have been geekier like Scott Pilgrim. That there could have been more inventive fight scenes---had Edgar Wright stayed to finish what he started. Just take Luis' (Michael Peña) crafty way of telling... Continue Reading →

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Ms. Marvel Near the end of Wonder Woman, I couldn't help but think of that hapless lady, who found Diana Prince hiding behind the shrubbery, and subsequently gave her dress to her. I wonder what happened to her. Or in case she's well and alive, how would she explain to her friends, what happened there... Continue Reading →

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Is the Joss Whedon Sequel We Never Had

Before The Avengers became Marvel’s biggest hit (to the tune of $1.5B), Joss Whedon was asked about making Avengers 2 and gave his thoughts on what makes a better sequel. He said that the sequel should go smaller, more personal, instead of just repeating what worked in the first. Then came Avengers: Age of Ultron—it’s... Continue Reading →

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009)

When it comes to the worse Marvel-based movies, the B-grade X-Men Origins: Wolverine is easily among the front-runners. As a comic-book movie, Wolverine is one serious offender. It has no regards for a lot of things: the first X-Men movie (where Sabretooth appeared), the Weapon X series, the other X-Men characters (i.e., Gambit, Deadpool). But outside... Continue Reading →

The Punisher (Jonathan Hensleigh, 2004)

There are a few things in The Punisher that I wish were part of a totally different movie. The movie’s white on black title sequence and score was perfectly fitting. Thomas Jane, who did look the part, was almost perfect as Frank Castle; only ruined by the movie’s hackneyed script, inconsistent tone and ho-hum set... Continue Reading →

Rants/Raves: Top 10 Superhero Movies

Spider-Man 2 (2004). In the comics, later in the story, it is revealed that Aunt May knew all along that Peter is Spider-Man. That she secretly knew his secret. That this is hinted at in the movie, is one of those little things that made this adaptation great. That Aunt May is given her own... Continue Reading →

Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016)

Captain America: Civil War finds the Earth’s mightiest heroes split in two. One led by Captain America and the other headed by Iron Man---two evenly matched teams going head-to-head in a mid-movie battle seemingly inspired by the opening sequence of the X-Men cartoons from the ‘90s. While Iron Man got Spider-Man, Captain America’s team is... Continue Reading →

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