The release of Captain Marvel marks the last step to End Game and the first female lead across twenty two MCU films, a milestone that has been long awaited, and there was general consensus that she was a solid choice. Most of the good options from Marvel’s roster of female characters are either X-Men (or memebers of a team), villains, or female iterations of someone else, of those that remain Carole Danvers is easily the best known which, sadly, doesn’t say a great deal. DC at least have always had Wonder Woman to lean on, and they recently found some success with two thirds of a good film, Marvel have never quite had the same fortune.
Nor can we say that origin stories hold up against the big titles that Marvel has become revered for, Doctor Strange was a good enough film, Ant Man was ok, and certainly none of them are as bad as Thor 2, which I maintain still has some redeeming qualities, I’m getting off topic. The Avengers have been the films we have come to respect and love, characters are established and made strong on their own and then brought together to be stronger. A wise man attempts to build his house upon the sand, and tells us that because the house stands so tall that it will stand forever.
There Will Be Spoilers but I’m not going to lie to you here, it won’t make much difference if any at all. (more…)
To be inspired; to be led by someone you can look up to. Sure, their goals might not be noble, their vision might be distorted, or they might literally have light shining out of their butts, it doesn’t matter. These are people that should be looked up to, whether or not they are actually an effective leader, or a good or a bad leader makes no difference to us. They inspire their people to the best of their abilities.
So join us as we count down our Top 10 inspiring leaders. This is going to be quite a hard fought list! (more…)
Typecasting is a bit of a dirty word. Some actors are good at what they’re good at, that’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. I like actors that can display a bit of range, but excelling in one field is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s nice though, when actors demonstrate exactly what they can do when taken out of what we would assume to be their “comfort zone.” Amongst my favourite films are the ones that subvert my expectations of what an actor is capable of, and show me that despite their proficiency in one particular role that they also have the power to surprise.
Advanced Warning: This article goes dark fast and stays that way. The films in this article are mostly rated for adults, but they are also perfect examples of actors at the height of their talent. (more…)
Not all super-powered people are heroes, nor do they always jump out of the comics to make it to the big screen. Some of my favourite super-films and series are not based on the classic comics, and these are a gateway into a world of literature and graphic novels that’ll take you way off the beaten path. Marvel has gone blockbuster, and DC – bless them – keep trying, so lets take a look at a couple of the off-brand supers. (more…)
I still don’t know what to call this series about films. I’m carrying on with it anyway. Here’s a sore point for me…
Why did Sin City get a sequel?
Actually I suppose my bigger question here is: what was Sin City‘s appeal? A decent cast of characters, a very slick but not entirely original cinematography style, and the direction wasn’t so bad all told, but all together it’s a very medium film. It did very well at the box office for 18 rated film, and has enjoyed success enough since 2005 to warrant a sequel nine years later.* (more…)