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“Black Panther”: Black Is Beautiful

There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin color of its protagonist. For the first time in the MCU, we have a film that is primarily about cultural identity and the responsibility that goes along with it in a real, demonstrable…

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“Jumanji 2” Wins Itself an Extra Life

There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels that nobody asked for but turn out to not only be quite enjoyable in their own right but in some ways outshine the original. Such a sequel is Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle,…

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“The Shape of Water”: Love In The Shallows

Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold colors, the reaction can be that much more extreme. But often, when those colors are mixed together as opposed to existing side by side, the result is often a muddy brown. While…

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“Tom Of Finland”: Yes, Sir.

There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist. While Tom was known for producing art that featured hyper-endowed musclemen engaging in physics-defying feats of sexual prowess, the biopic of his life is surprisingly realistic…

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There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin color of its protagonist. For the first time in the MCU, we have a film that is primarily about cultural identity and the…

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There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels that nobody asked for but turn out to not only be quite enjoyable in their own right but in some ways outshine the original.…

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Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold colors, the reaction can be that much more extreme. But often, when those colors are mixed together as opposed to existing…

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There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist. While Tom was known for producing art that featured hyper-endowed musclemen engaging in physics-defying feats of sexual prowess,…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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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 »

The Dark Tower book series, Stephen King’s epic magnum opus, totals nearly 4,500 pages over 8 books and a few side-stories.… Read More »

Over the course of the insane beat-‘em-up Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron stabs, shoots, punches, kicks, chokes, throws,… Read More »

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the inverse must be true for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the latest… Read More »

The opening moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming let the audience know exactly what kind of film we’re about to watch.… Read More »

Few things are more necessary to a film — indeed, to life in general — than the proper soundtrack, and few directors… Read More »

A running gag in the Robert Altman film The Player revolves around movies that are pitched as “X meets Y”, a… Read More »

Despite being one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, to say nothing of her status as a cultural icon, Wonder… Read More »

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… Read More »

It could be argued that when The Fifth Element was released to theaters, the world wasn’t prepared for it. The advertisements… Read More »

The right soundtrack can make or break a movie, especially one as big, bright, and go-for-broke crazy as Guardians of the… Read More »

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 »

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