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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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)

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 was less than impressive (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Spider-Man …

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2018 Oscar Nominations Debrief: The Things I’m Excited, Surprised, Outraged, and Relieved About

This year I did something I have never done before. I plopped myself in front of a computer at 8:19 am sharp and streamed the Oscar announcements, finding myself completely engrossed as they announced the nominees. There are two reasons why I had never done this. The first is that for many years I lived …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Lord of The Rings Theatrical Cuts are Better Than The Extended Editions

(Since I'm diving deep into both the theatrical and extended cuts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, let's just assume that SPOILERS will abound.) Like most Tolkien fans out there, the news that they were going to make a “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) trilogy was something I genuinely geeked out about. And the feeling …

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The Optimal Star Wars Viewing Order

(Note: Almost everything I talk about here is going to be jumping off the very elaborate and well-argued post by Rob Hilton about the "Machete-order" of watching Star Wars movies. To be honest, had Disney not stepped in, I would completely agree with his suggestions and have no reason to write this post. But since the new …

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