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“Colossal”: Monster With A Human Heart

Some metaphors are big. Some metaphors are small. Some are delivered with all the grace of a sledgehammer to the forehead, while some are as subtle and precise as a needle. Then there are some metaphors that are all of the above all at once, and such a metaphor drives Colossal, a film that’s part…

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“Ghost In The Shell”: Stand-Alone Simplex

There’s something uncanny about the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. While it isn’t a direct adaptation of either Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime film or the manga by Masamune Shirow that inspired it, it bears enough of a resemblance to make viewers honestly question their…

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“Power Rangers”: Go, Go, Power Reboot

There’s something admirably valiant about Power Rangers, the most recent attempt to apply a hard and serious reboot to a beloved childhood franchise. The original show is infamous for its cheesiness, replete with dime-store special effects, slapdash dub work straight form an imported 1950s creature…

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“Beauty & The Beast”: Once More With…

How do you go about reproducing the charm and timeless appeal of one of Disney’s most celebrated animated films in a live-action format? Quite frankly, you don’t. Or perhaps more accurately, you can’t. On some level, the creators of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast are…

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Some metaphors are big. Some metaphors are small. Some are delivered with all the grace of a sledgehammer to the forehead, while some are as subtle and precise as a needle. Then there are some metaphors that are all of the above all at once, and…

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There’s something uncanny about the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. While it isn’t a direct adaptation of either Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime film or the manga by Masamune Shirow that inspired it, it bears enough of…

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There’s something admirably valiant about Power Rangers, the most recent attempt to apply a hard and serious reboot to a beloved childhood franchise. The original show is infamous for its cheesiness, replete with dime-store special effects,…

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How do you go about reproducing the charm and timeless appeal of one of Disney’s most celebrated animated films in a live-action format? Quite frankly, you don’t. Or perhaps more accurately, you can’t. On some level, the creators…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

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 »

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