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Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

Quick Hit: Doctor Strange

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The Marvel brand is a fairly homogeneous one.

Well, it was the muddled mess I'd been told to expect, but it has its virtues. Briefly:

WB & DC have presented a clear introduction to, and launching point for, their combined cinematic universe. This is the universe that all movies will co-exist in moving forward. After seeing the movie, something bothered me. It’s not that the movie is bad (which it is), nor that it has a nonsensical plot (which it does). After stewing on it for a couple of days, it is clear to me that WB & DC have made a conscious decision for the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU). For inexplicable reasons that decision is to place the DCCU in a Bizarro universe.

Let me step back here. I questioned even writing a review. I thought, “What more can I say about BvS that hasn't already been said? And do I even want to say it?” That's maybe the biggest indictment against BvS. My reaction was so “meh” that I question if it is even worth discussing this movie. I could have talked about Mad Max Fury Road for days. I could and did talk about Star Wars The Force Awakens for weeks. But BvS is so mediocre, it doesn't seem worth the time. It is neither bad enough to warrant a scathing review, nor good enough to be worthy of mounting a defense.

The Force Awakens is finally in theaters, and the spoilery discussions are starting to roll out online. We here at CC2K were so moved by J.J. Abrams' revitalization of the Star Wars universe that we convened an emergency session of four of the original founders of the site -- Tony Lazlo, Rob Van Winkle, Lance Carmichael and the Red Baron. Together we talk about what we liked and didn't like about the seventh entry in the Star Wars series, as well as what we hope to see in future installments.

BIG, MOVIE-RUINING SPOILERS AHEAD, EVERYONE! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN THE FORCE AWAKENS!

Sax Carr calls Marvel's Ant-Man one of the best Marvel movies to date.

The rise of superhero movies has certainly been a double edged sword. On one hand we get to see some of our favorite characters and stories turned into epic amazing visual spectacles. On the other hand sometimes those spectacles are the Nicolas Cage Ghostrider series. My point is that as a huge fan of Ant-Man I went into this movie with more than a little trepidation. Let me save you that trouble… the movie is good. It’s like “top 5 Marvel movies of all time” good. Its GOOD. Go see it. But if that’s not enough for you and you need, you know… a review. Well here one comes:

It was the best of trailers, it was the worst of trailers...It was the trailer of belief, it was the trailer of incredulity. It was the trailer of Light, it was the trailer of Darkness. It was the trailer of hope, it was the trailer of despair.

Sorry Chuck, but it was just too perfect. On Thursday, April 16th 2015, we got not one but two trailers for highly anticipated upcoming movies: Star Wars The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. This was not by design, as the latter was leaked online and wasn’t intended to be officially released until the following Monday, but rarely does the average fan adhere to a movie studio’s plan. Regardless, you could watch both on the same day, which I did. Multiple times. And I can’t help but compare them and my reaction to them. These trailers crystallized why I’m far more worried about BvS than SW.

Friday, 02 January 2015 15:35

Tony Lazlo Reviews Inherent Vice

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It's not his favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie of all time, but Tony Lazlo still enjoyed the heck out of the famed director's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's loopy noir novel.

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:47

How to Fix Interstellar (A Review)

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Big Ross weighs in on the latest film from Christopher Nolan. SPOILERS, obviously.

Interstellar is a divisive film. It seems to have a “love it or hate it” vibe, as reviews have definitely been mixed with some praising and others dismissing this near-future scifi adventure starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. I definitely found myself divided over how I felt about the movie after seeing it. Certainly, Interstellar is beautiful and stunning with its visuals, its depictions of space travel. And to be sure, Interstellar depicts some pretty dense theories and ideas from physics and quantum mechanics like no film before. Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson went on a bit of a Tweetathon praising some of what you’ll see in Interstellar.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK!

Coming out of Gone Girl, I was of two minds — appalled pearl-clutcher and delighted crime-fiction geek. On reflection, I’m inclined to side with the pearl-clutcher in me that sees David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling thriller as a clarion call for misogynists and men’s rights loons everywhere, but I’d still like to talk about how the movie (adapted by Flynn herself) mashes together a variety of tropes from several decades’ worth of crime-fiction lore — all for a deeply hypnotic end-result.

Friday, 31 October 2014 14:00

The Congress: A Film Review

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Special contributor Pat King reviews The Congress, starring Robin Wright.