Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man REVIEW

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The Amazing Spider-Man series has been maligned in popular culture as little more than a by-the-numbers rights-retaining cash grab.  And to some degree this is true:  The Amazing Spider-Man had to come out when it did because it had been five years since Spider-Man 3 came out, and if Sony didn’t produce another movie soon (say within five years or so), the rights would revert to Marvel Studios, which could then have worked the character into the nascent Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Amazing Spider-Man, however, does not deserve all of the abuse that it receives.  Though it is not a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, The Amazing Spider-Man is an enjoyable watch (for the most part).  They make some confusing decisions and butcher a few characters, but there is some great character development and a lot of fun action.

Of course, just about every good thing you can say about this movie comes with some sort of qualification.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for June 24

Another week, and more MCU news!  This thing with the Sony Spidey Spinoffs is getting a little more entertaining, but nothing yet.  Fortunately, Spider-Man: Homecoming is only a couple weeks away now!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spider-Man 3 REVIEW

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After reviewing the first two Spider-Man movies the last two weeks, I guess it’s time for the much-maligned Spider-Man 3.  Unfortunately, I think this is the beginning of a long summer of mediocre movies.  Fortunately, however, Spider-Man 3 isn’t actually as bad as I thought it would be.  It’s certainly not a particularly good movie, but it doesn’t ruin the Spider-Man trilogy as badly as I thought it did.

But let’s get into the movie itself.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for June 17

Another week, and more MCU news!  Not too much excitement this week, but Spider-Man: Homecoming is only a few weeks away!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Spider-Man 2 REVIEW

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Spider-Man 2 has been referred to as one of the best superhero movies ever produced.  It has been called the best Spider-Man movie to-date (which isn’t much of a compliment, considering the competition!).  And both of those statements are true.  However, there’s a little more to it than that.

Spider-Man 2 is certainly a good movie—one of the few comic book movie sequels to actually improve on the original.  However, after watching it again, particularly in light of the much more serious modern comic book movies, it is eminently clear that this is a spectacularly campy movie.

Monday, June 12, 2017


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Considering that Green Lantern (the anticipated beginning of DC’s movie universe) was Dead-On-Arrival, Man of Steel was only a qualified success, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice collapsed under the weight of its own self-importance, Suicide Squad’s marketing made promises the movie didn’t deliver, and the trailer for Justice League attached to Wonder Woman needs the subtitle “Attack of the Bloat,” Warner Bros. and DC really needed to hit it out of the park with Wonder Woman. And considering their last female-led superhero movie was Catwoman, a lot of execs’ chairs must have been feeling pretty warm the last few months…

Good thing Wonder Woman is a winner!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for June 10

Another week, and more MCU news!  Not a ton this week, but we got some news about Black Panther.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spider-Man (2002) REVIEW

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This summer Peter Parker is making his second MCU appearance in his first MCU solo movie.  This has really been a long time coming, considering Spider-Man’s place in Marvel Comics:  even if Spider-Man isn’t the greatest comic book superhero ever, he is certainly the most bankable one!  When Marvel sold off the rights to many of their characters back in the ‘90s, Sony grabbed up the rights to Spider-Man and turned them into five different movies.  In the 5 weeks before Spider-Man: Homecoming is released in July, I am going to go through those five movies and review them.  I’ve seen all of these movies before (maybe just bits and pieces of Spider-Man 2 and 3), but I’m going to rewatch them all to give my thoughts.

Today, we are kicking it off with the original Spider-Man.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for June 3

Another week, and more MCU news!  Not much to talk about this week, though Wonder Woman is now out.  I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my to-do list.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!