Marvel Studios’ What If…? strongly delivers as the animated series arrives on Disney+ for nine consecutive days of streaming fun. The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) is back along with a number of fan favorites. The second season is full of new stories but a few returning characters from the first season are back along for the ride. There are not many universes in which Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell) exists but sure enough, The Watcher follows through…"What If…? Season 2 Delivers In 9-Day Disney+ Event Series"
Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi will return to TIFF for the world premiere of Next Goal Wins at the festival’s 48th edition. Next Goal Wins is a soccer comedy directed and co-written by the New Zealand filmmaker. It is the first film announced by TIFF to be making its world premiere at the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (September 7–17).“We’re thrilled to welcome Taika back to the Festival and share his audacious take…"Next Goal Wins to Premiere at TIFF – Toronto 2023"
Taika Waititi is absolutely wrong about nobody remembering Casablanca filmmaker Michael Curtiz some 80 years after the film was released. The comments came during a cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter. It’s enough to make someone’s eyes roll. If people do not know the name of Michael Curtiz, it is only because of sheer ignorance. Maybe they didn’t read Alan K. Rode’s superb biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film. Pick it up and…"Taika Waititi Is Wrong About Michael Curtiz and Casablanca"
Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi is in hot water this week after nine-year-old transphobic tweets resurfaced from 2013. I’m not sure how the tweets first resurfaced this week but the tweets went viral as the Thor: Love and Thunder filmmaker was ratioed on Twitter. In the first tweet, the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker writes: “No disrespect to men who want to be/dress as woman. I should have just said their makeup looks manly. Also no disrespect to…"Taika Waititi: Transphobic Tweets Resurface From 2013"
Taika Waititi went from indie film to Marvel blockbusters while bringing his humor to both Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder. I saw one of the worst possible takes that I’ve ever seen about a Marvel movie: comparing Thor: Love and Thunder to Batman and Robin. Both Thor and comic book movies are going to be fine. What makes this take so bad is that Batman and Robin practically killed the Batman franchise until…"Taika Waititi, Marvel Studios, and Auteur Filmmaking"
Thor: Love and Thunder brings all the fun in this long overdue reunion between Thor Odinson and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster. After a gazillion Marvel films, you should probably know to stay for the credits. There are two scenes during the credits: mid-credits and post-credits. After Thor: Ragnarok set a high bar, Thor: Love and Thunder has a challenge of living up to expectations. Unlike the other MCU stars, Thor is the only character to get…"Thor: Love and Thunder Brings the Fun"
Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear goes to infinity and beyond in this Toy Story spinoff focusing on the origins of Buzz Lightyear in 1995. There is a mid-credits scene and two post-credits scene, including after the studio logos. Depending on who you speak with, this film might not be necessary. However, it’s a lot of fun to watch especially thanks to Chris Evans voicing the captain. He adds a lot of fun to the film amid…"Lightyear Goes To Infinity And Beyond!"
With just over two and a half months remaining before Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters, Marvel released the teaser trailer. After months of waiting, I naturally assumed that Marvel would just attach it as a mid-credits or post-credits scene to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Alas, they went ahead and released it this week. There’s not much to see in the 1:30 trailer. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) works off the weight he put…"Thor: Love and Thunder – Teaser Trailer Is Here"
DC’s recent outing, The Suicide Squad, is now available for fans to bring home and watch on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. 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…"The Suicide Squad Arrives on Home Video"
The long-delayed Free Guy offers audiences a rocking good time as the Shawn Levy-directed film starring Ryan Reynolds arrives home. 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 actors who…"Free Guy Arrives on Home Video"