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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND | Film Review

Dark Phoenix is out today, and who would have thought that ten years on it would end up being the worse adaptation of the ‘Dark Phoenix Saga’. But I’m getting ahead of myself; we’ve still got a few films to get through before we analyse why that is exactly, but for now, let’s take a look at Fox’s first attempt in the much maligned The Last Stand.

RELEASED: July 14th 2000
DIRECTED BY: Brett Ratner
WRITTEN BY: Simon Kinberg & Zak Penn
PRODUCED BY: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter & Avi Arad
MUSIC BY: John Powell
STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammar, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Ben Foster, Daniel Cudmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Dania Ramirez, Eric Dane & Patrick Stewart

After the heights of X2, The Last Stand sees the franchise handed over to director Brett Ratner, and sees the introduction of franchise stalwart Simon Kinberg. The result is a film that is often regarded as one of (if not the) worst X-Men films.

After mankind develops a so-called ‘cure’ for mutation, the X-Men find themselves split about how to move forward. Meanwhile, Magneto begins forming a mutant army to strike back at the U.S. Government for their effrontery, and may find a powerful ally in the recently resurrected Jean Grey, who seeks to unleash her true potential as the Phoenix.

I don’t know whether its because I’ve now seen what I consider to be a worst adaptation of this same story, nostalgia, or if it’s actually not awful, but I don’t think this film is as horrible as everyone says it is.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a good film. But there’s fun to be had with it.

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Posted by on June 6, 2019 in Fox's X-Men

 

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GHOST IN THE SHELL | Film Review

RELEASED: March 31sts 2017
DIRECTED BY: Rupert Sanders
WRITTEN BY: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler & Ehren Kruger
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad, Steven Paul & Michael Costigan
MUSIC BY: Clint Mansell & Lorne Balfe
STARRING: Scarlett Johannson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Carmen Pitt, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche & Takeshi Kitano

Ghost in the Shell follows Scarlett Johansson as ‘Major’ Mira Killian; a young Japanese woman resurrected in an artificial body after an untimely death and put to work as a new breed of police operative. However, after coming into conflict with a dangerous hacker, Killian begins to suspect that not everything she’s been told about her lost past is completely true.

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE | Film Review (/The Problem with Miles Morales)

Bit of a hefty title, I know. But I actually saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse like a week ago, and after seeing it wasn’t sure I really had anything to say that others hadn’t said already. But now, I’m finally ready to jot down my thoughts in what is mostly a review, but also my opinion of the character of Miles Morales across the various mediums.

RELEASED: December 14th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman
WRITTEN BY: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller & Christina Steinberg
MUSIC BY:  Daniel Pemberton
STARRING:
 Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicholas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber & Chris Pine

When this movie was announced, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it. Sure, I love Spider-Man, and I’m always down for a solidly animated movie, and heck – I’ve yet to see a Lord & Miller joint that I didn’t dig. But there was still one glaring problem slap-bang in the middle of that trailer that stopped me from getting invested: Miles Morales.

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VENOM | Film Review

RELEASED: October 5th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Ruben Fleischer
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Pinkler, Scott Rosenberg & Kelly Marcel
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach & Amy Pascal
MUSIC BY:  Ludwig Göransson
STARRING:
 Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott & Jenny Slate

I had spectacularly low hopes for Venom, which no doubt helped going into the film. The fact that Sony seemed intent on pushing forward with their own Spider-Man universe despite all evidence suggesting they didn’t know what they were doing was the first worrying sign. Then, the suggestion that this universe wouldn’t actually feature Spider-Man was another mind-boggling factor. Finally, the film’s terrible marketing campaign cemented my thoughts that this would be a bad movie.

I had gone from anticipating a film featuring a character from a franchise I love, to being morbidly curious about how bad this film would actually be.

Venom follows Eddie Brock, a reporter disgraced after asking too many questions about the sinister ‘Life Foundation’, headed up by Carlton Drake (I actually had to look up his name just then, even though I only saw this film the other day. That is a bad sign. But let’s continue…). Having obtained a group of alien life-forms known as symbiotes, Drake recklessly hopes to upgrade humanity so they can one day live off-world. But in trying to out Drake’s schemes, Brock is bonded with one of the aliens, and becomes a monstrous anti-hero. Together, he and his symbiote become determined to stop Drake at all costs, as his unchecked schemes could mean the end of mankind.

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Posted by on October 6, 2018 in MARVEL, Movie, TV & Gaming Reviews

 

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK | DVD Review

RELEASED: June 13th 2008
DIRECTED BY: Louis Leterrier
WRITTEN BY: Zak Penn
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd & Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Craig Armstrong
STARRING: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson & William Hurt

With the exception of one particular scene in 2012’s Avengers, the Hulk has become a very comic-book-y force of nature; sporting a brighter green skin tone and some humorous character traits. But here, in Louis Leterrier’s Incredible Hulk, we see a different side to the jade giant; a horror aspect to Bruce Banner’s monstrous alter-ego that works particularly well.

After experimenting on himself with an untested variant of the super-soldier serum, Bruce Banner goes on the run from the United States military, who seek to use his monstrous new power as a weapon. When they finally begin to catch up with Banner, assembling a new task force to bring him in and confronting him in Brazil, Bruce is forced to confront his past; returning to the U.S.A. and his former love Betty, in search of a cure.

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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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IRON MAN | DVD Review

RELEASED: May 2nd 2008
DIRECTED BY: Jon Favreau
WRITTEN BY: Mark Fergus, Hawk Otsby, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
PRODUCED BY: Avi Arad & Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Ramin Djawadi
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jon Favreau, Shaun Toub, Clark Gregg & Jeff Bridges

Looking back at the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can see a big change between this and later films like The First Avenger and what came after. While films like The First AvengerGuardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok would fully embrace their comic-book roots, Iron Man was still taking steps to truly establish the superhero genre as its own thing seperate from general science-fiction. As such, it feels more real and serious, not unlike films like The Dark Knight (and to a lesser degree, the leather-bound X-Men). And while there are those signature Tony Stark quips being thrown out every now and then, the film is much more somber, and unlike the films that would follow, pretty dark.

I think this is particularly interesting, as in later years, audiences would complain that the MCU lacked stakes and that everything was too jovial. But if you go back to the beginning, you find a film about a war profiteer who kills terrorists after being held hostage and tortured for the beginning of the film’s run-time.

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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