Movies

Note: Mild spoilers to follow. 

It seems like an eternity ago, but just a year ago, moviegoers around the globe emerged from multiplexes stunned, shocked, and otherwise shook by Avengers: Infinity War. Ten years and 20, interconnected, universe-expanding movies didn’t prepare them for the utter and complete defeat of the Avengers and Thanos’ overwhelming victory. In a snap felt around the universe, Thanos extinguished half of all life sentient life, including many (actually, most) of the superheroes who’ve made their home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) over the previous decade. Even knowing that Avengers: Infinity War was just part one of a two-part, superhero epic did little to give moviegoers a sense of hope, however small, that the MCU would be restored to balance – not Thanos’ idea of genocidal balance – but where might and right stood together on one side of the wish-fulfillment equation against cosmic forces of evil and where individual and collective heroism, super or otherwise, clearly and simply mattered. (more…)

Throughout decades of comics and films, The X-Men have become an important symbol for not only the LGBTQ+ community, but also the disabled. It’s a group of people that have mutated and changed beyond what’s normal, or have had certain events or experiences change them into what they are now. They band together to help make the world a better place and find a community. That’s a powerful message of acceptance and hope for communities that are oppressed. Both LGBTQ+ and disabled people can feel a modicum of acceptance, but ultimately their differences make them “other”. That can be devastating. Seeing heroes with the same struggles can be really empowering. Furthermore, it can help neurotypical/cis fans understand these other communities better.

Recently, the first full trailer for The Dark Phoenix was released. This follows the infamous tale of Jean Grey, a powerful mutant transformed into something far more dangerous. It’s one of the X-Men’s most popular and interesting story arcs.

But what’s more exciting is that if the trailer plays out like the scenes hint, this could possibly be one of the most important mental health allegory films in recent years. A mainstream, high-budget film having a story analogous to a disability struggle would be exactly what the stigmatized world of mental health needs.

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Hellboy Reboot: How Makeup Can Make Or Break A Film

If you’ve been on the internet at all the past week, you might’ve noticed that the Hellboy reboot didn’t do so hot. Many people thought it was too gory, boring, and hardly lived up to the legacy of Hellboy. Between Guillermo Del ToroRon Perlman and the beloved comics, this movie really had to pull out all the stops to dazzle fans. In some ways (see dope CGI giants), it did. In the script and character growth, though, it didn’t accomplish much.

One of its most egregious problems (though it has many) is by far its makeup. The Hellboy design on David Harbour may be intricate, but it’s almost grossly so. Sure, he looks like he crawled out of a literal hellhole. However, his character is supposed to be young and he looks like he’s experienced at least three holy wars ripping his face to shreds. Having a horrific hero doesn’t mean he has to be ugly.

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By now any Star Wars nerd worth their salt knows about the ominous laugh at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer. The laugh is an ill omen, a portent foretelling the return of Emperor Palpatine. Some fans are excited about the return of the villain of both the previous sequels. Some aren’t so thrilled. Is this a legitimate end to the Star Wars saga or merely a cash-grab to put butts in seats? Does this bank on nostalgia to sell tickets or has Palpatine played a role since The Force Awakens? Either way, it’s clear that the return of Darth Sidious will be yet another point of contention between fans.

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10 days and counting until Avengers: Endgame is upon us. Fans across the globe await with bated breath. Who will live? Who will die? Nothing is certain and everyone wants answers. Some will even cheat to get them. Endgame leaks are already out there, and with leaks come the inevitable spoilers. Some will be accurate, some won’t. But they’ll all serve to ruin the experience of witnessing the story as the creators meant for you to witness it. For some that won’t matter. Some trolls are just out to ruin everyone else’s good time. Will you cave-in and find a leaked copy to watch? Will you stay true to the experience and dodge every spoiler alert? Can you avoid every troll spewing spoilers?

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Over the last decade, the Portland, Oregon-based Laika Studios has not only revived old-school stop-motion animation, albeit with a CG gloss as needed, it’s produced a series of startlingly high-quality films, starting with Coraline and continuing with ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo & the Two Strings, and now their latest triumph, writer-director Chris Butler’s Missing Link, a Victorian-era set fantasy-adventure that gives Laika a perfect five-for-five record. Each film has stretched and expanded the limits of labor- and time-intensive stop-motion animation while also pushing the boundaries of family-oriented storytelling. Each film mixed humor, drama, characters, and, of course, stop-motion animation into a unique whole unlike anything in cinemas over the last decade. (more…)

The yearly Star Wars Celebration, the huge convention in Chicago, for those unfamiliar with it, is here and with it, there’s plenty of new merchandise out.  Some of these items are exclusive to the con and, thus, are sure to become collectibles.  From mugs to pins to plushes there’s a lot to take in, so consider this your guide to the new merch and what to snap up while you can. (more…)

Today, just moments ago, during the much anticipated Star Wars panel, JJ Abrams, along with Kathleen Kennedy, unleashed the first trailer for the most anticipated movie of the year: Star Wars Episode IX, now, offically, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and, hot fucking damn, it is everything every fan could hope.

Before we get to any sort of breakdown, it’s time that fans see what JJ Abrams has been keeping up his sleeve.

My god.

What do you think of the new trailer? What are you hoping to see in the final episode of the Skywalker Saga?

Did ScarJo Just Drop An ‘Endgame” Spoiler?

The moment audiences left the theater after witnessing the total carnage that defined Avengers:Infinity War, fans of the decade long series have been asking themselves (and diving into the vast conspiracies that have evolved throughout the farthest reaches of the internet to explore) which of their favorite heroes will meet their untimely demise at the hands of Thanos.  Well, it looks like one of the biggest stars of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame may have just let their cards show while at her most vulnerable. Possible (probable) spoilers lie ahead.

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