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 Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

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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 Is ‘Logan’ The Best X-Men Movie?

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

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 Logan (James Mangold, 2017)

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 Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

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 Ant-Man (Peyton Reed, 2015)

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 Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

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

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

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 The Punisher (Jonathan Hensleigh, 2004)

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 Rants/Raves: Top 10 Superhero Movies

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

Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016)

Midway through the film's title sequence, it occurred to me - this could be the Captain Deadpool and the Oily Grail of all comic book and superhero movies! Only, it didn't turn out to be. Minutes later, Deadpool segues into the highway scene we're already familiar with - the one where he jumps into a van… Continue reading Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016)