Hugh Jackman in Logan

Logan Is the Best X-Men Movie (So Far)

As you probably know, Hugh Jackman said this is the last time he’s ever playing Wolverine. He’s played the character for 17 years and has been in all nine X-Men movies (Some were only cameos). For his final performance, he gives us Logan. Talk about going out with a bang. Continue reading “Logan Is the Best X-Men Movie (So Far)”

Movie still from Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes

And so we continue the “Summer of Sequels” with Star Trek Beyond. The third installment of Star Trek no longer has J.J. Abrams at the helm, though he’s still producing (Side note: I find it hilarious that Abrams was criticized for making Trek movies that felt too much like Star Wars, and then he made an amazing Star Wars film). It’s now in the hands of Justin Lin, who’s credited with saving the Fast & Furious franchise. Combine Lin’s franchise mojo with a screenplay written by Simon Pegg (who doubles as Star Trek‘s Scotty) and Doug Jung, and you get Star Trek Beyond, a fun, action-packed movie stuffed with Trek nostalgia. It’s more cohesive than Star Trek Into Darkness, but it still has some issues… Continue reading “Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes”

Movie still of Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory: A Fun Sequel That Doesn’t Disappoint

Man, this is the summer of sequels, isn’t it? But they’re either sequels nobody wanted (Now You See Me 2) or sequels that came decades after their predecessors (Independence Day: Resurgence). Fortunately, Finding Dory falls into the latter category because practically everyone wanted to revisit the beloved Finding Nemo characters. Hell, Ellen DeGeneres even campaigned for a sequel until Disney was finally like OMG FINE ELLEN. Continue reading “Finding Dory: A Fun Sequel That Doesn’t Disappoint”

TMNT: Out of the Shadows movie still

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Is Slightly Better Garbage

If you saw 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you’re probably wondering why there’s a sequel. Because it was bad. A CGI-monster, Michael Bay-produced pile of shit that somehow managed to become a Transformers movie and make creepy dude-bros out of once beloved heroes. But, as always, the answer to the “Why make a sequel?” question lies in that sweet, sweet blockbuster money. Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Is Slightly Better Garbage”

Mia Wasikowska in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which came out back in 2010, was a bit of a gamble. It was the studio’s first live-action retelling of one of their classic animated films. It was mostly CGI, which is ungodly expensive. And it starred a relatively unknown actress at the time (Mia Wasikowska) in its titular role alongside a well-known character actor who was starting to face backlash for his oversaturation (Johnny Depp). But it was a HUGE success, crossing the $1 billion mark, which helped greenlight the live-action retellings we’re seeing now: Maleficent, CinderellaThe Jungle BookBeauty and the Beast. Continue reading “Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time”

Movie still from Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War Sets Up the Game for Marvel’s Phase III

“Choose a side” was the marketing message for Captain America: Civil War. It’s Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man. But after years of watching these characters grow and work side-by-side, it’s impossible to choose a side. I like all of them. I want good things for them. And even though I’ve secretly wondered who could kick the crap out of whom among the team, I’ve never wanted them to hurt or kill one another. It’s what makes Civil War so good. Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War Sets Up the Game for Marvel’s Phase III”

Movie still from The Divergent Series third installment, Allegiant

Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?

The Divergent Series feels like the never-ending story. Not only are three books being stretched into four movies, but the movies have gotten progressively worse each time, which makes the slow jog to the finish line that much more unbearable (Did no one learn their lesson after The Hobbit?). Do we blame it on bad filmmaking, author Veronica Roth’s mediocre young adult novels, the bland actors who play one-dimensional characters, or the onslaught of too-similar special snowflake saves dystopian society stories? I say all of the above. Continue reading “Allegiant: Will Somebody Pull the Plug on This Franchise?”