Back during the summer of 2007, director Sam Raimi’s jam-packed Spider-Man 3 may have earned a hefty $890 million at the worldwide box-office, but what it didn’t earn was the same level of widespread acclaim the first two Spider-Man outings did. Ultimately, Raimi came away disappointed, but was still open to the prospects of a Spider-Man 4. The studio meddling from Sony and demands from producer Avi Arad helped make Spider-Man 3 a big, bloated dud as far as I was concerned, but even as development continued on the follow-up, Sam Raimi became increasingly frustrated at the constant creative disagreements and lackluster screenplay drafts, so he left the project altogether and Sony officially cancelled the film in early 2010.Read More
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By the late ‘90s, the comic book movie genre was scrambling to find its footing after the abysmal release and box-office plunge of Batman & Robin in 1997. In hindsight the ‘90s wasn’t really the most stellar time for comic book movies, and there surely weren’t enough of them being released to even be considered a “genre” anyway. There were a few good ones sprinkled in there that I’m quite fond of, but aside from the highly profitable Batman franchise that had been running since 1989, no other comic book properties got quite the same mainstream recognition as Batman did during this time.
Following flops in the ‘80s and early ‘90s like Howard the Duck, The Punisher starring Dolph Lungren, and Captain America starring Matt Salinger, Marvel Comics was practically benched for the majority of the ‘90s and it wasn’t until the company’s bankruptcy and later recovery when Marvel finally start getting some of its major properties into theaters- Blade (1998) and, to a larger degree, X-Men (2000), which was sort of a prologue to the massive cultural atomic blast triggered by Spider-Man in 2002.Read More
If you’re a big fan of comic book films like I am, I’m sure we’ve shared a similar frustration over the years of seeing various movie studios rigorously fighting tooth and nail to hold on to the movie rights of all these different Marvel Comics characters, which of course prevents them from ever joining forces on the big screen like they do in the comics. Marvel Studios (now owned by The Walt Disney Company) is where almost any fan will tell you all the characters belong, mainly due to their winning critical track record, loyalty to the spirit of the source material, and the fact that all their separate film franchises connect into one giant shared universe that’s full of crossover potential. However, Columbia Pictures (Sony) has held on to the Spider-Man rights for over 15 years and 20th Century Fox has owned the film rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four for longer than that! The history behind why the movie rights to all of these iconic Marvel comic characters are split between different studios is a story in and of itself.Read More
The horror/thriller genre has become rather stale for me in recent years, most just haven’t been able to capture my attention anymore. The last movie in that genre that I reviewed, Green Room starring the recently deceased Anton Yelchin, is easily the best I have seen in a long time. However, there has been another series of films that has half-heartedly maintained my interest, the most recent entry being The Purge: Election Year.Read More
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After the knockout punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I lost faith in the X-Men franchise. I was sure that it was dead, especially when the long gestating Magneto origin film was nixed. I couldn’t even imagine them making another film after those two critical disasters, and I moved on, putting the X-Men out of my mind and focusing on the newly established Marvel Cinematic Universe. And then word came out that more films would be made with a new cast which would cover the early years of my favorite team of mutants.Read More
For years I have followed the X-Men in their various incarnations. From the animated show to the current block of films, I have always enjoyed the stories of this team of mutants. Unfortunately, they have not always had the best representation, resulting in a few missteps along the way. So let’s take a look at Part 1 of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the X-Men film franchise.Read More
Video game adaptations have been plagued by misfortune and subpar quality. From Super Mario Bros. to the more recent Ratchet and Clank, they tend to be met with mediocre reviews at best and distaste from the fans who feel the filmmakers got it all wrong. Being the video game fan that I am, I see many of these films, including the recently released adaptation Warcraft. Be warned now that there are some spoilers below.Read More
If you’ve read some of my earlier blogs, you might know by now that I love action films. Recently there has been some talk about female-led films, particularly action/adventure types of movies, and there are some that think a female action star is doomed to fail. Is it sexism? Misogyny? Or is there some truth to these naysayers? Let’s take a look at some of the action films starring women and see for ourselves.Read More
Oftentimes we look back fondly on shows that ended too soon. “If only they had one more season.” One of the most talked about short-lived shows is none other than Firefly. Even if you’re not a fan, you have undoubtedly overheard two of your friends talking about the travesty that is Firefly’s cancellation, or have perhaps come across an article online regarding this little gem and why it should be brought back. It is a topic I too have talked about but what if Firefly is so special because it was short lived? Would it have the same cult following if it continued on?Read More
I am a lifelong fan of both movies and video games. I grew up playing games on our Atari 2600 like Xevious, Donkey Kong, and Mario Bros. This jump-started my love of video games, which still carries on today as I regularly play my PS4 and PS3, along with a few old PC games I play from time to time. Simultaneously with my video game playing, I became engrossed in cinema. Throughout my childhood I watched countless different movies including Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. This enjoyment of movies also carried over to today as I have a passion for both watching and creating them. I love both forms of entertainment almost equally which makes it all the more troubling that they rarely seem to be able to get along.Read More