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“Venom”: Hey, Remember Catwoman?

Once upon a time, a major studio decided to make a superhero film. They based the film around a character who had been around for decades and had started as a villain but had since become an antihero. The character was part of another superhero’s universe and had already appeared in a film starring…

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a Pleasant Buzz

It’s probably not surprising that a superhero film about a character who can shrink himself to microscopic size focuses primarily on the small, day-to-day parts of life, but it’s refreshing all the same. There are no cosmic consequences or world-shaking battles in Ant-Man and the Wasp, the…

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“Jurassic World 2”: Tyrannosaur Boogaloo

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in the seemingly unstoppable Jurassic Park franchise, couldn’t resemble one of its own dinosaurs more if it tried. It’s visually impressive, and the fact that it even exists is a wonder in and of itself, but it’s also slow, ponderous,…

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“Hereditary”: What The Family?

The opening shots of Hereditary, the debut feature film from writer/director Ari Aster, slowly bring focus onto a meticulously-designed diorama of the house where we’ll spend most of the next two hours. As the camera zooms in on a bedroom, it imperceptibly changes into the actual bedroom, the plastic…

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Once upon a time, a major studio decided to make a superhero film. They based the film around a character who had been around for decades and had started as a villain but had since become an antihero. The character was part of another superhero’s…

arrow

It’s probably not surprising that a superhero film about a character who can shrink himself to microscopic size focuses primarily on the small, day-to-day parts of life, but it’s refreshing all the same. There are no cosmic consequences…

arrow

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in the seemingly unstoppable Jurassic Park franchise, couldn’t resemble one of its own dinosaurs more if it tried. It’s visually impressive, and the fact that it even exists is a wonder…

arrow

The opening shots of Hereditary, the debut feature film from writer/director Ari Aster, slowly bring focus onto a meticulously-designed diorama of the house where we’ll spend most of the next two hours. As the camera zooms in on a bedroom,…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

There are few characters in cinema who embody the phrase “lovable rogue” as much as the Star Wars franchise’s… Read More »

There’s a moment about halfway through Deadpool 2 where the film appears to be turning into exactly the kind of tired,… Read More »

This is it. Ten years, 18 movies, and countless end credit scenes leading up to one of the most anticipated and unprecedented… Read More »

The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having… Read More »

Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the… Read More »

The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel,… Read More »

A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the… Read More »

Word of advice for all the people involved in adapting geek properties to the big screen: the words “realistic”… Read More »

At one point during A Wrinkle In Time, the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy… Read More »

There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin… Read More »

There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels… Read More »

Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold… Read More »

There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist.… Read More »

There are bad movies, then there is The Room, the hypnotically and entertainingly incompetent…ahem…”drama”… Read More »

There’s about half of a fantastic movie hidden within the frames of Justice League, DC Films’ first successful… Read More »

The formula used to create films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th entry, is a double-edged… Read More »

How do you a make a sequel to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time? The presence of 1982’s… Read More »

Hey, Matthew Vaughn. How’s it going? I just saw your new film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and I had a question to… Read More »

If the advertisements and trailers for Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! makes you think that it’s a twist… Read More »

There’s something terribly familiar about It, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s notoriously-voluminous master-class… Read More »

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