Marvel Has Been Successful Because It’s Better at Being Different

Until the end of the “superhero golden era” finally comes, we won’t be able to analyze the full impact that Marvel Studios has had with its cinematic universe of movies. But even though we don’t have the full picture at our disposal, everyone has their own reasonable guess for how and why

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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Is Loud and Dumb, Just Like You Expected

Despite what you may be led to believe from its title and the marketing for it, Independence Day: Resurgence is more “requel” than sequel, in the sense that while it does continue the storyline from the 1996 blockbuster, it’s still in the business of kicking off a new series of movies, rather

Second Opinion: The Best Trick In ‘The Conjuring’ Was Its Marketing

What would you rather see? A horror film with a “PG13” rating for violence, some nudity, and language? Or a horror film with an “R” rating for being too scary? This was the main hook for James Wan’s The Conjuring, which served as his spiritual followup to Insidious and perhaps even Saw for sheer inventiveness with the genre.

Second Opinion: ‘Days of Future Past’ Is a Good, But Not Great X-Men Film

Days of Future Past was quite the success story when it finished its run in 2014, amid competition from Captain America: Winter Soldier and Amazing Spider-Man 2 in what was quite the crowded spring for comic-book movies, only to be upended by Guardians of the Galaxy that August. Fans were divided on whether or not the

Second Opinion: Why ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Isn’t a Masterpiece

It’s strange that the sequel to one of Marvel Studios’ most ho-hum superhero origin stories is among the most celebrated as a standalone feature (and easily the best sequel of the now large catalogue of films). Captain America: The Winter Soldier is often the film to talk about when discussing the

Second Opinion: ‘Prince of Persia’ Could Have Been Something Special

Directed by Mike Newell (who also directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and some other fantasy films), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came out in 2010 as one of the later attempts to revitalize (or just vitalize) the trend of adapting popular video games into movies. When this film

Snarcasm: Let’s Complain about the ‘Rogue One’ Teaser Tailer

Snark + Sarcasm = what you’re about to read The first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped today, and I’ll be painfully honest. I fell in love almost immediately. So for obvious reasons, I have a lot of thoughts (some positive and some negative) that I’ll get into on