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“Assassin’s Creed”: Fatal But Not…

Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term decades ago, referring to anything that drives a plot but has little to no narrative value itself. It spurs all the action in the film, but it’s usually left…

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“Rogue One”: A New Hope

War is hell. That’s a fact that most of the films in the Star Wars franchise have glossed over, despite the fact that the series’ main conflict involves an armed rebellion fighting against a military autocracy. But instead of framing the battles through a relatively romantic and heroic space…

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“Moana” is a Progressive New World

Sometimes we have to look backward to move forward, and that’s especially true in the case of Moana, the latest animated feature by Disney. While ostensibly another iteration of Disney’s lucrative Princess franchise, Moana is more like the ocean that plays a supporting role in the film itself;…

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“Arrival”: Close Encounter of the Soul

Too often, when something is labeled “science fiction”, it often just means “set in space.” This is especially true of film, and while action/sci-fi and horror/sci-fi have their place and are often quite enjoyable, they often obscure the wonder, metaphor, and exploration of human…

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Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term decades ago, referring to anything that drives a plot but has little to no narrative value itself. It spurs…

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War is hell. That’s a fact that most of the films in the Star Wars franchise have glossed over, despite the fact that the series’ main conflict involves an armed rebellion fighting against a military autocracy. But instead of framing…

arrow

Sometimes we have to look backward to move forward, and that’s especially true in the case of Moana, the latest animated feature by Disney. While ostensibly another iteration of Disney’s lucrative Princess franchise, Moana is more like…

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Too often, when something is labeled “science fiction”, it often just means “set in space.” This is especially true of film, and while action/sci-fi and horror/sci-fi have their place and are often quite enjoyable, they often…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

The Star Trek film franchise has always had a hard time balancing the ideas and humanity of original series swith the high-powered… Read More »

It’s unfair to compare the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters to the 1984 original. That film was possessed of a singular… Read More »

Twenty years. That’s the amount of time it takes for the language of cinema to evolve into a new method of expression.… Read More »

Like a video game that’s all cut scenes and no interaction, Warcraft lumbers across the screen with a sense of inescapable… Read More »

"The third film is always the worst." This line is uttered by a character in X-Men: Apocalypse after a viewing of Return… Read More »

It's a long-standing convention in comics to pit superheroes against each other. It's possibly the only thing more… Read More »

The Huntsman: Winter's War is a film possessed of a severe identity crisis. It serves as both prequel and sequel to its… Read More »

Stop me if you've heard this one. An alien, a billionaire, and a demigod walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll… Read More »

10 Cloverfield Lane is a film so wrapped in mystery and subterfuge that its very existence seems to constitute a spoiler… Read More »

The opening scene of Deadpool pretty much tells you exactly what kind of film you're about to watch. While Juice Newton’s… Read More »

The promise of a title like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is both blatant and implied. On the surface, you know you'll… Read More »

There is a grim, dystopian future waiting for humanity. It is a future with no plucky, teenage girls to save it. There are… Read More »

Michael Dougherty’s holiday horror fest Krampus opens on a cynical note and stays there for 90 minutes, bless its cold… Read More »

“You know this story.” That’s the first line of dialogue in Victor Frankenstein, spoken in voice-over narration… Read More »

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