2019 Oscars Nominations Debrief: The Things I’m Excited, Surprised, Outraged, and Relieved About

I really thought I could do it this year. With traditional bellwethers for the Academy Awards seeming to go out of their way to hint at a "throwback" year by awarding middle-brow and historically revisionistic movies like Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Vice it seemed like this could be a year that I might sit out, cudmudgeonly throwing shade …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Dark Knight Trilogy – The Iconoclasm of the Superhero

The Dark Knight Trilogy is an important addition to the current explosion (or glut, depending on your perspective) of all things superhero-related in modern Hollywood. Christopher Nolan's blockbuster trilogy came during a lull in the superhero craze, when the initial wave of mainstream superhero movies (Spider-Man, X-Men) had given way to a string of critical …

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Franchise Ruminations: Now What? A Post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe Discussion (SPOILERS!)

(Warning: SPOILERS are going to be discussed freely in this article so if you haven't seen the movie STAY AWAY. For a spoiler-free(ish) review click here.) In case the above warnings did not make it clear enough, this will be a debrief of Avengers: Infinity War which will include a discussion of MAJOR SPOILERS. It is safe to say that …

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Four Movie Gospels (Holy Week Special)

It may come as a surprise to some of you that I am a Christian (and a seminary-trained one to boot). It shouldn't because I explicitly state this in my bio, but I understand if that is potentially shocking given the fact that (a) I haven't reviewed any explicit Christian films (and haven't intentionally watched …

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Franchise Ruminations: What is Wrong With DC’s Extended Universe?

This week I finally caught up with Justice League, the first pinnacle of the supposed epic and endless cinematic universe of DC Comic Books. The reason why it took me so long to catch up with the movie is simply because the movie was finally at the price point that I thought was worth my time …

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The Beginning of the End for Physical Media for Movies?

It is no surprise that the idea of using DVDs and Blu-Rays to watch movies has become somewhat antiquated, especially with the rapid change in broadband availability making high-quality streams of movie not just a luxury but an expected part of any internet service. With the rise of the major streaming powerhouses of Netflix, Amazon, …

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (Updated)

(Original Post on Nov. 17 2017. Updated to include latest MCU releases) In 2008 Marvel almost innocuously dropped Iron Man on the world to little hype or fanfare. I remember as a comic-book fan being much more excited for Christopher Nolan's Batman follow-up The Dark Knight and being much more lukewarm towards Marvel as their recent track-record …

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