Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

Why “Black Panther” Matters

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All the best superhero movies have two things in common, they are:

1) Stand alone films and 2) Establish or begin the sustaining myths.

Which means the most fulfilling are usually the first ones in a franchise like “Iron Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and  “Wonder Woman.” It’s where the escapism is pure, the pleasure is in discovery and there is a bracing sense of new things being explored.

“Black Panther” is all those things and a social phenomenon as well.

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Desperate “Suicide Squad” All Shock, No Awe

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“Suicide Squad” has no clothes. And I’m not talking about scantily clad Harley Quinn.

This violent and chaotic placeholder between “Batman V. Superman” and “Justice League” is a desperate and derivative exercise in catchup by a DC Comics tired of eating the dust of the relatively stable and comparatively benevolent Marvel Comics universe.

Like “BvS” Suicide Squad is a journey into shadows where good and bad look and act alike. This false equivalency is dramatically exaggerated simply for effect and the result is shock but no awe.

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Batman, Superman And The Chaos Of Tentpole Solidarity

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To gaggle of geese, murder of crows and implausibility of gnus – which is an actual thing – let me add the aggregate descriptor, a din of superheroes.

Whenever two or more Avengers or X-Men are gathered in the name of tentpole solidarity chaos usually reigns.

The din you hear in the calamitous “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the sound of fun being sucked out of two DC Comics franchises at the same time.

Impressionistic, bleak, visually murky, narratively random, pervasively violent, often incomprehensible, bombastic and self-serious to a fault this union of the resilient, profitable and admired Batman and dormant and disappointing Superman franchises is a marriage made in fan boy and gal heaven.

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Why I Won’t See “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II” is “dull and lifeless .. aesthetically dumb …monotonous …shaky …dimly lit …and has little in the way of drama.”

“…It is so self-serious that it loses any sense of humor or adventure ” and “most of its internal logic.”

There, I saved you 2 hours and 17 minutes. And the price of admission.

That’s not my opinion. That’s from Nick Shrager’s review on Indiewire.

And regardless of the hype, that seems to be the consensus about this fourth (!) and last film based on a three book series by Suzanne Collins in which a bow and arrow armed Jennifer Lawrence battles a corrupt dystopian regime.

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“Ant-Man” big box Marvel film in smaller package

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“Ant-Man” is another Marvel movie with an avuncular leading man, like “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Marvel Comic superheroes weren’t square jaw, straight arrow types. They had misfit, class clown DNA – like their wiseacre teenage readers – that was usually altered by some kind of chemical accident or cosmic ray.

Ant-Man is no exception. The same goes for Paul Rudd, the comic actor playing him, who invited everyone to his mother’s house for a kegger after Kansas City made the World Series.

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More Milwaukee media notes…of a sort

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Things add up. Unless you clean house.

Like this.

—The John Ridley file keeps growing. Entertainment Weekly reports the Mequon native is joining forces with Marvel to create a “mysterious new series” for ABC. The magazine reports Ridley will be “reinventing an existing” superhero.

Other sites report the character is the Muslim-American superhero, “Ms. Marvel.” Marvel just announced an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” spinoff.  The much-anticipated “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is released in theaters May 1.

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