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“Rampage”: Make With The Mayhem Already

The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having a button-mashing good time. So it was for Rampage, where gamers played one of three giant monsters intent on smashing buildings and eating people in every major U.S city. Who cared…

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“A Quiet Place”: Louder Than Words

Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the words we say, but how we say them. Tone, volume, inflection, cadence. The right combination of all four of these can turn even the simplest words into a profound statement. So what…

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“Ready Player One” is a Pop Culture Panorama

The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel, involves a corporation that wants to cover virtual reality with advertisements. It’s an odd take on villainy for a film that is entirely fueled by the exploitation of intellectual…

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“Pacific Rim Uprising”: Who Cares?

A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the things that made the previous entry successful. It might deepen its internal mythology or twist expectations of the narrative we’ve come to know. The only thing that the pointless…

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The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having a button-mashing good time. So it was for Rampage, where gamers played one of three giant monsters intent on smashing buildings…

arrow

Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the words we say, but how we say them. Tone, volume, inflection, cadence. The right combination of all four of these can turn even…

arrow

The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel, involves a corporation that wants to cover virtual reality with advertisements. It’s an odd take on villainy for a film…

arrow

A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the things that made the previous entry successful. It might deepen its internal mythology or twist expectations of the narrative…

arrow

Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

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 »

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