Stand-alone Venom doesn’t work

Venom has long been considered to be a villain in Spider-Man canon and this is why Venom doesn’t quite work as a stand-alone film. There are various aspects of the film that stay true to the comics.  There are other aspects where the film does its own thing.  True to fashion, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) was run out of the Daily Globe in New York.  There’s no reference in the film to Peter Parker or Spider-Man…

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TIFF 2018: The Sisters Brothers

While not entirely a comedy, The Sisters Brothers certainly provides an interesting take on the Western genre during the height of the Gold Rush. Set in 1851,  Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are a pair of fascinating figures.  Working for The Commodore (Rutger Hauer), the duo follow scout John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the hunt to capture a chemist on the run, Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed).  Warm is a gold prospector…

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Disney’s Aladdin Problem

Walt Disney Pictures has an Aladdin problem as they have been unable to find a male lead to play Aladdin in their live-action film. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and the studio has searched for months to find a male lead.  In addition to the unknown actors, the search has included known actors such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel.  Newcomers include Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos. Their problem is that they…

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Rogue One: Spoiler-Filled Thoughts of Star Wars Prequel

Jyn Erso kicks ass in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone anthology film that paves the way for the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Whether or not George Lucas could have ever came up with the story for Rogue One, this is a film that gives us another strong independent woman such as Jyn in the Star Wars universe and we need more of them. It gives young girls more female…

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