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“It Comes At Night”: Less Is Less

A running gag in the Robert Altman film The Player revolves around movies that are pitched as “X meets Y”, a commentary on the often-absurd reductionism of studio filmmaking. In that same film, the fictional production within its narrative is described as having no stars, no second act, and…

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“Wonder Woman”: The Hero Triumphant

Despite being one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, to say nothing of her status as a cultural icon, Wonder Woman hasn’t received the respect and recognition she deserves from cinema. In the 20 years that it took her to make it to movie theaters, we’ve had five Batman films…

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“Alien: Covenant”: Symphony In Meh

If you have to explain a joke to somebody, it’s not funny. The same could be said for horror films. The more you know about the perpetrator of said horror, the less threatening and terrifying they become. This is equally true no matter the origin of the antagonist, even if it’s a ferocious,…

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“The Fifth Element”: Queering the Cosmos

It could be argued that when The Fifth Element was released to theaters, the world wasn’t prepared for it. The advertisements promised something “beyond Star Wars” and “beyond Star Trek”, which turned out to be something of an understatement. While cinema was no stranger…

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A running gag in the Robert Altman film The Player revolves around movies that are pitched as “X meets Y”, a commentary on the often-absurd reductionism of studio filmmaking. In that same film, the fictional production within its narrative…

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Despite being one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, to say nothing of her status as a cultural icon, Wonder Woman hasn’t received the respect and recognition she deserves from cinema. In the 20 years that it took her to make it…

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If you have to explain a joke to somebody, it’s not funny. The same could be said for horror films. The more you know about the perpetrator of said horror, the less threatening and terrifying they become. This is equally true no matter the…

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It could be argued that when The Fifth Element was released to theaters, the world wasn’t prepared for it. The advertisements promised something “beyond Star Wars” and “beyond Star Trek”, which turned out to be something…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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Let’s go back in time for a moment, to the halcyon days of the mid-1990s, when AOL, floppy disks, and dial-up modems… Read More »

Some metaphors are big. Some metaphors are small. Some are delivered with all the grace of a sledgehammer to the forehead,… Read More »

There’s something uncanny about the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. While it isn’t a direct adaptation… Read More »

There’s something admirably valiant about Power Rangers, the most recent attempt to apply a hard and serious reboot… Read More »

How do you go about reproducing the charm and timeless appeal of one of Disney’s most celebrated animated films in… Read More »

Leave it to a superhero film about a character with claws to stab the heart of its audience and make it feel like a handshake.… Read More »

There are so many sudden and extreme moments of brain-nauseating excess in A Cure For Wellness, the new film by director… Read More »

When The Lego Movie arrived in theaters back in 2014, it was something of a surprise. An animated film based on featureless,… Read More »

In the debate over the lack of female superheroes headlining films, one name often gets left out: Milla Jovovich, star of… Read More »

Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock… Read More »

War is hell. That’s a fact that most of the films in the Star Wars franchise have glossed over, despite the fact that… Read More »

Sometimes we have to look backward to move forward, and that’s especially true in the case of Moana, the latest animated… Read More »

Too often, when something is labeled “science fiction”, it often just means “set in space.” This… Read More »

One thing lacking in both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes is something that seems so fundamental to the superhero mythos:… Read More »

For 35 years, there has been one undisputed Queen of Halloween, one gal whose ample assets have bounced her to the top and… Read More »

Like a strange genetic hybrid of X-Men and Harry Potter covered in a high-gloss coat of candy-colored, Hot Topic-approved… Read More »

It might be hard to believe, but back in the dark days of 1999 when people huddled around tube-based televisions in fear… Read More »

The best fairy tales are the ones that don’t seem like what modern audiences have come to think of as “fairy… Read More »

What if you threw a superhero party and didn’t recognize anybody who showed up? That’s sort of the vibe given… Read More »

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