Tuesday, April 8, 2014


A "perfect sequel" is a rare breed. Even (or especially) in this age of factory-pressed franchise templates ruling the mega-plexes, it's easy for a sophomore outing to merely coast on its predecessor's success (see: Iron Man 2, Star Trek Into Darkness) or completely miss what made the original film successful. For decades, sequels to good, widely-liked movies that genuinely matched or out-stripped their predecessors have been treasured almost like holy relics, an all-to-rare confluence of the right elements coming together to form something glorious.

And in the realm of big-budget genre entertainment, these films become legends. The Empire Strikes BackStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. AliensTerminator 2Spider-man 2The Dark Knight. And now, they have a new member among their ranks.

Yes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier really is that good.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE - Brain Over Brawn

DIRECTOR: Noam Murro (though rumors have it this is as much Zack Snyder's film)

SHORT VERSION: Wait, that was. . . actually pretty good?

Yeah, I'm as shocked as you are.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - "You got superheroes in my FIREFLY!"

Can we all agree that the existence of this film, a movie that represents MARVEL throwing over one hundred million dollars at the director of SLITHER and SUPER to create a sci-fi adventure movie, makes DC/Warner's refusal to pull the trigger on a WONDER WOMAN movie absolutely embarrassing?

Because this trailer is completely insane, and just does not care.

Monday, February 10, 2014

THE LEGO MOVIE: Building a better blockbuster

Oh yeah, this is going to be one of  "those" reviews. Because there's no way I'm going to let a chance to make this many toy-related puns pass me by.

Monday, January 13, 2014

FILMS OF 2013 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

So last year I did a "Top 10 And Then Some" list regarding film in 2012, and being that 2013 has just recently ended, I feel it's time to revisit this idea. I like talking about stuff that I enjoyed, and there was quite a lot to enjoy in cinema in 2013 - while it wasn't as good a year for big blockbusters as last year (no AVENGERS or SKYFALL), it delivered with plenty of smaller human stories.

And some of the blockbusters were pretty great as well.

Once again, there are a few films I haven't been able to see yet, but again, I don't like waiting too long to do this. So here we'll do the best, the worst, the surprises, and the rest.