What If…?: Animated Series Depicts A Different MCU

Marvel Studios’ What If…? takes what we know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but delivers the animated action with a twist. The series draws on the Marvel Comics anthology series of the same name. Like the comic series, this is also an anthology series. We revisit key moments of the MCU through the eyes of Marvel newcomer Jeffrey Wright, who voices The Watcher, and see what would happen had characters done A instead of…

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Free Guy Is A Rocking Good Time

The long-delayed Free Guy offers audiences a rocking good time as the Shawn Levy-directed film starring Ryan Reynolds hits the big screen. I’m a fan of Shawn Levy and will see anything that he directs. Ryan Reynolds turns in another solid Ryan Reynolds performance that only Ryan Reynolds can do. Listen, there are other actors but Ryan Reynolds is guy. He’s got the charming humor required to pull off the performance. There aren’t many other…

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The Suicide Squad Is DC’s Funniest Film Yet

Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn stops by the DC universe to helm The Suicide Squad and put his own hysterical spin on things. I should not have to warn you but I am: PLEASE STAY FOR THE END OF THE CREDITS. Belle Reve plays home to the highest mortality rate of any American prison. When it’s home to the worst Super-Villains on Earth, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) can always come walking in to recruit…

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Timothée Chalamet, Willy Wonka, and Roald Dahl

Timothée Chalamet was recently announced to star in a Willy Wonka origin story based on works from the antisemitic Roald Dahl. Is this film really necessary? I’ll dive into my thoughts of the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, shortly. But before I do, let me talk about some of the other recent projects originating from Roald Dahl works. When I first watched Steven Spielberg’s The BFG in 2016, many of us were just learning about Dahl’s antisemitic…

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Taika Waititi to direct new Star Wars film

It was just announced this morning that Oscar winner Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new Star Wars film to be released in theaters. The news happens to come on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day.  With production shut down across the board in the industry, it’ll be some time before either film or television series gets released.  There’s been no word of late about Rian Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy.…

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Jojo Rabbit: Oscar-Winning Satire Comes Home

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi’s Oscar-winning anti-hate satire, is now available for audiences to relive at home and add to their home video collection. There’s a tricky way of addressing the Holocaust and/or World War 2 through satire and humor but Jojo Rabbit does so in a perfect way. Very few films are able to tackle the subject through humor and get it right.  Or at least in way that isn’t tacky.  Making fun of the…

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Toronto 2019: Jojo Rabbit

There’s a tricky way of addressing the Holocaust and/or World War 2 through satire and humor but Jojo Rabbit does so in a perfect way. Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is a fanatical member of the Hitler Youth.  This is where Captain Klenzendorf (Sam Rockwell, playing another racist) leads the youth in training.  He’s bought into the Nazis so much that his invisible friend is none other than Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) himself.  Only Taika…

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Thor: Ragnarok – The Road to Endgame

Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s most fun film and raises the bar as Thor teams up with Hulk to save Asgard. It’s been 2.5 years since Thor (Chris Hemsworth) left to look for Odin at the end of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  Meanwhile, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was seen departing for who knows where following the attack on Sokovia. Thor: Ragnarok‘s awesome cold open featuring Thor and Surtur sets the tone of the film with both…

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Sundance 2019: MERATA: How Mum Decolonised The Screen

MERATA: How Mum Decolonised The Screen profiles filmmaker Merata Mita and the influential role she played in being a pioneer of Indigenous cinema. Despite my being a film buff, I was very unfamiliar with the filmmaker’s story going into the film.  This changed upon viewing the documentary–which runs under 90 minutes.  After her death in 2010, her son, Hepi, wanted to find out what it was that led her to champion Indigenous cinema.  Without her,…

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Tribeca 2018: 7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh

7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh, or 7 Stages for short, is without a doubt the best comedy–perhaps even the best film–to ever be made about a cult. Claire (Kate Micucci) and Paul (Sam Huntington) move from the comforts of Ohio to Los Angeles.  They found an apartment in the Tabula Building that is surprisingly affordable but it’s only a matter of time before they…

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