Captain America: Civil War

Well, Phase 3 is off to a rip-roaring start and while Whedon may be out of the picture over at Marvel now, his legacy and approach set the template well. The Russo’s directorial return to Captain America.  with a script again from McFeely and Markus, is full of action, emotion, humor, and solid story. What … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

There is a lot to love in this sequel to the original. It carries forward the story, not just from The First Avenger, but also from the entire movie cycle and TV show. Frankly, on that level it is a thing of beauty. Despite the mixed media spread of the franchise, this is very much … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America (redux)

I’ve already reviewed this movie, not long ago. However, I just rewatched it on disc. There are two main reasons I did this so soon. One, I wanted to see what extras there were (none on my disc, but we’ll get to that) and I wanted to see if it stood up to my first … Continue reading Captain America (redux)

Captain America: The First Avenger

4 years ago Iron Man rewrote the super hero genre in scope and quality and Marvel embarked on one of the most ambitious gambles in cinema… a planned 5 movie cycle culiminating in next year’s The Avengers. Each movie (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America… and, if pushed, Iron Man 2 since its tag leads into Thor) … Continue reading Captain America: The First Avenger

Avengers: Endgame

[5 stars] Who would have thought, watching that first tag at the end of Iron Man 11 years and 22 films ago, that today we’d be here? Talk about delayed gratification. I didn’t rewatch all the films again, but I did rewatch all of Phase 3 in prep. Still an amazing trip. Thor is certainly … Continue reading Avengers: Endgame

Nutcracker and the Four Realms

[3 stars] So, if you thought from the trailers that this was a thinly re-veneered Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz, you’d be mostly right. But it is also an interesting retelling of the story Tchaikovsky adapted to his infamous ballet over 100 years ago. While it is more complete as a story than … Continue reading Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disconnect

[3 stars] Social media has remade relationships: familial, romantic, and even legal. Not a particularly clever statement nor revealatory, but still true. Disconnect is a cleverly plotted trip through various aspects of that idea. In a bit of nice subtlety, it intertwines several concurrent stories without forcing the combinations. The overall trip feels like a … Continue reading Disconnect

MCU: From the Beginning and Before the Ending

In prep for Avengers: Infinity War, I decided to rewatch the entire sequence from its 2008 beginnings. Why? Well, first: Why not? This audacious sequence of films has pulled off something no one has even come close to producing, except Lord of the Rings. During the course of 18 films over 10 years Marvel has … Continue reading MCU: From the Beginning and Before the Ending

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

[4 stars] At its heart, this is a movie about love. That is also a biopic about the creator of Wonder Woman and his bold choices in a repressed era becomes window dressing. Though, I have to admit, I will never look at Wonder Woman the same way again. Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train), Bella … Continue reading Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Black Panther

[4.5 stars} This last year in film (and the world) has been one of evolution and, in some cases, revolution. With Black Panther, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler (Creed), has managed to both stick to the Marvel vision of super hero mythologies and remake them all at once. Like Wonder Woman (but with a better script), … Continue reading Black Panther