Yup, you read the headline right. We’re podcasting again, and we have a new episode for you!Continue reading “Awesome Friday Movie Podcast Episode 1: ‘Black Widow’ & ‘Loki’”
Marvel Studios has become an unstoppable cultural behemoth. Under normal circumstances, their films routinely make a billion dollars at the box office, the kind of money that every other studio on the planet has been chasing ever since the 2012’s The Avengers proved that the interconnected universe of films is a thing that could work.
It’s a shame that these aren’t normal circumstances then, because with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic pushing Black Widow –the film so many fans have been waiting for for years– into a hybrid release, it probably won’t make a billion dollars at the box office. To be clear: that’s a shame because it’s excellent.Continue reading “Review: ‘Black Widow’ is a great, character-driven action-adventure”
This is a movie that should be right up my alley. It has an acclaimed comedic writer/director known for films that strike exactly the tone that taking on a difficult subject like the Nazis is suited for, with an all-star cast and a premise just out there enough to maybe sneak in some real lessons without the audience knowing.
And it almost works. That’s not to say that Jojo Rabbit is a bad film. It’s actually a fine film. It has more than a few big laughs and a couple of great performances, but it never quite gels into something more.Continue reading “Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is charming, but muddled satire”
Good news everyone! The **Black Widow** movie finally has a director.
Good news everyone! Marvel is finally developing that movie we’ve all known for years they should probably make!
Ed. Note: I’m not dead, i was just resting. Time to start catching up.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in just two weeks. Here are posters for each of the characters.
And that seems to be the theme of the second *Avengers* movie – self-destruction of the team from within. Here’s the second full trailer!
Here’s the other big bit of Marvel news I missed. Age of Ultron has a teaser trailer and poster.
I haven’t had a lot of time this weekend but here are some quick thoughts on two movies you can see this week. There’ll be more detailed analysis in the next episode of the podcast.
Jon Favreau has a longer history as an actor than as a writer/director but it’s the latter class that Jon Favreau’s career has had a few bumps in the road lately.most people seem to know him as these days. After writing _Swingers_ and directing _Made_ and later _Elf_ he eventually was given the job of bringing Marvel Studios first film to screen with _Iron Man_. That film was a smash hit and kicked off one of the biggest franchises of all time but the follow-up _Iron Man 2_ and later _Cowboys & Aliens_ were met with less enthusiastic responses.
After all that bombast _Chef_ represents a return to the type of film that got Favreau noticed as a writer/director in the first place: a smaller, simpler film with a straightforward premise and a lot of heart.
And you know what? It’s really good.
The 10% myth in action, but it’s directed by Luc Besson so who cares.
You can put it away now: the idea that the unnervingly attractive Scarlett Johansson only became a superstar due to the fact that she is the human embodiment of a 1940’s bomber girl. It’s easy to decide on obvious categories – something that she has undoubtedly had to fight herself – and she could have effortlessly made her career as The Pretty Girl in all kinds of meaningless rom-coms and action flicks. But then you look at her filmography and you see a ridiculously diverse selection – from *The Girl With The Pearl Earring* and *Lost In Translation* to her deliciously deadly stints as Black Widow in the various *Avengers*, *Iron Man* and *Captain America* blockbusters.
And now, with director Jonathan Glazer’s adaptation of *Under The Skin* from [Michael Faber’s novel](http://www.amazon.ca/Under-The-Skin-Michel-Faber/dp/0006393721), she can finally draw a line under the stereotype. In a movie that contains enough twists and horrors to keep you thinking for weeks, she carries the whole narrative while barely saying a word in a stunning, revelatory performance that is a career best to date.
Jon Favreau may not be the best action director but he does have a pretty impressive resume when it comes to comedies. Good thing his next film falls in the latter category. Let’s take a look!
I have a lot that I want to tell you right now that I just can’t. I don’t want to spoil the movie, and to do a proper review I won’t technically be spoiling anything, but I’ll tell you now that you should just go see this movie. You want to know why? Because it’s great. Fantastic even.
Luc Besson wrote and directed another movie? Luc Besson wrote and directed another movie! With Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik in supporting roles!