Month: November 2017

Top 10 Superhero and Comic Book Films of 2017

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Comic book and Superhero movies have literally become a genre all their own. Over the years taking legendary stories and heroes and bringing them to the big screen has become a staple of Hollywood to the point where only one year in the 2000s and 2010s has there not been a comic book inspired film released in a 365 day span. Now in 2017 we have enough to literally create a top ten. As the year draws to a close I took a look at all the films based on comic books, superheroes, or graphic novels and put together a list of the ten films I thought were the best offerings in this young genre as the first entry in my “Best of” series that will run through the rest of the year chronicling my picks for the best overall movies of 2017. Overall five superhero movies received perfect 5-star scores from me in 2017, and four of those are on this list. Which one is the best? I’m excited to present my picks for the Top 10 Superhero and Comic Book Films of 2017!

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TRAILER BREAKDOWN: “Avengers: Infinity War”

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At last! The long awaited drop of the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer is here, giving us our first real glimpse at what we can expect from the much anticipated third team up of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest heroes. Considering tomorrow I will be posting my list of the Top 10 Superhero and Comic Book Movies of 2017 and that I myself am a big fan of the MCU I wanted to break down this amazing trailer that promises a lot for fans of the long running multi-billion dollar franchise that has redefined what it means to create a universe of intertwining films. Be aware there may be spoilers in this breakdown relevant to past Marvel movies, including this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2”, “Spiderman: Homecoming”, and “Thor: Ragnarok” so if you have not caught up yet you may want to watch them before you read my breakdown. Let me know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below!

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REVIEW: “The Star”

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I have to admit when I first saw the previews for Sony Pictures Animation’s new film “The Star” I had very little faith in its ability to entertain or stand out. While I wasn’t completely proven wrong I have to say there’s a certain charm to this Christmas-themed animated feature that offers a new angle to an old and familiar story for the holiday season. Let’s dive into this attempt to cash in on a classic holiday tale. Here’s my review of “The Star”.

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REVIEW: “Coco”

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Let’s face it, Pixar has fallen into the pit of sequel shame over the past few years focusing more on building upon past successes rather than offering the great original works that made it an animation giant in the first place. When it does offer something new however, the studio shines its brightest and not sense “Inside Out” has it shined as bright as it does with “Coco”. Colorful, well written, and surprisingly deep in its narrative about family, legacy and the power of music “Coco” is as touching as it is entertaining and is a true work of art from a studio in desperate need of recaptured magic. Let me dive into just how great the film is. Here’s my review of “Coco”.

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Top 10 Animated Disney Movies Released for Thanksgiving

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Disney is at it again as the studio seems to have taken complete ownership of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with it’s animated classics for almost 30 years. This weekend “Coco” will hit theaters from Disney and Pixar, promising to continue the studio’s dominance of one of the most prestigious holiday weekends in Hollywood. The studio has so many Thanksgiving releases to its credit (around 20 when you consider both live action and animated features) that I couldn’t help but look at the best of this extensive selection. In honor of “Coco” however I decided to stick to the animated offerings. These are Disney’s most prolific animated movies that debut on or around the iconic November holiday. Here are the “Top 10 Animated Disney Movies Released for Thanksgiving”.

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In Memoriam: Ann Wedgeworth

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She was an iconic star of stage, screen, and television and a Tony Award winning artist worthy of respect. On November 16 the world said goodbye to character actress Ann Wedgeworth at the age of 83 after a battle with an illness in a nursing home near her New York City home. Her acting career dates back to the late 50s and spans over 30 films and television shows respectively. To honor her and her legacy lets take a look back at her career in the latest edition of “In Memoriam”.

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REVIEW: “Justice League”

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It’s a hero team up that has been more anticipated than maybe even The Avengers for the big screen, and now we finally have it. For the very first time the Justice League has come together in theaters for the much-anticipated fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe with the best of the comic book company’s many heroes joining forces to fight a new evil threatening the planet. So far the DCEU has had a tough time finding its footing and the inevitable comparisons to the Marvel Cinematic Universe haven’t helped. The team up film fans have waited years to see may not be the spectacle everyone had hoped for, but it’s a step in the right direction in my humble opinion. So how good or bad is this film? Well let’s take a look. Here’s my review of “Justice League”.

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REVIEW: “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

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Let’s face it, Adam Sandler has a lot of duds. I mean A LOT of duds…so many it would be one of the easiest lists I’ve ever made to create ten of his work. However, when he truly finds that special project the once great comedian can really get the job done, and that’s just ONE great thing about a little comedy knowns as “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”. Both a limited theatrical and Netflix release, this fantastic dramady brings together a cast of amazingly talented actors and actresses to create a powerful, funny, and entertaining story that is actually very well shot, well written, and strangely odd in all the best ways. As moving and eye opening as it is entertaining and unique, it’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen all year. Lets get to the review and explore just how good it really is.

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Top 10 Wasted Female Superheroes in Film

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I’ve held on to this list for a while now simply because I admittedly expected “Wonder Woman” to be less than stellar. Thankfully I was completely wrong! “Wonder Woman” hit the big screen in a big way earlier this year, and while it’s not the first female superhero film to gain Hollywood praise it is by far one of, if not THE highest profile success story for a female leading hero. While it would be false to call “Wonder Woman” the first great female superhero movie, many, including myself, feared that the film would become just another failure to bring female super powered characters to the big screen. While there have been many successes, there have been even more failures and with Wonder Woman joining the rest of the Justice League on the big screen this weekend I couldn’t help but reminisce on all the failed attempts to truly capture the spirit of a female protagonist in a superhero movie. So in honor of “Wonder Woman” bringing female superheroes back to legitimacy in cinema here are a few reminders of why it’s a big deal, the Top 10 Wasted Female Superheroes in Film.

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REVIEW: “Daddy’s Home 2”

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The holidays are here and we have already received our second Christmas themed movie of 2017. Following the footsteps of the female driven sequel “A Bad Moms Christmas” we get the male driven “Daddy’s Home 2”, a follow up to the 2015 comedy hit that changes things up by utilizing the Christmas season as the primary backdrop of the story. Unlike the “Bad Moms” sequel however, “Daddy’s Home 2” is more of a mishmash of clichés, cheap advertising, and lackluster laughs. Still, it has its moments that make it a fun, if forgettable, holiday trip. Here’s my review!

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REVIEW: “Murder on the Orient Express”

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Since I first saw the trailer I was intrigued by what could come from the latest interpretation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”. A packed cast, an interesting murder mystery, and a promising director/star all made the film an attractive early fall release worth checking out. Now I won’t say that “Murder on the Orient Express” is a train wreck of a film (get it…bad pun), but it has its flaws. More flaws than are really acceptable unfortunately. So how good or bad in the movie? Well here’s my review for your consideration.

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REVIEW: “Thor: Ragnarok”

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a powerhouse. For nearly ten years Marvel has churned out success after success adding to its massive world of superheroes spanning different worlds, galaxies, and even genres. While this year brought us two highly anticipated entries in the MCU with “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” and “Spiderman Homecoming” possibly the most anticipated of all of Marvel’s 2017 offerings has been “Thor: Ragnarok”, the third entry in the “Thor” trilogy. Hilariously funny, entertaining and filled with great action and stunning visuals “Thor: Ragnarok” is pretty much everything we hoped for, but is it truly one of Marvel’s best to date? Well let me tell you what I think. Here’s my review for “Thor: Ragnarok”.

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