Movies

Posts regarding films based on comic book franchises.

The Dark Tower review

The Dark Tower posterThinking about this movie frustrates me.  There is no sense in tip-toeing around that fact.  Leaving the theater, I was very frustrated with the movie.  I was not frustrated by the movie not being a straight adaptation of The Gunslinger, although that will come up later on.  I was not frustrated by any of the casting, as this is a fairly well acted movie.  What frustrated me was the fact that the movie got so many of the small details correct, that it felt they lost sight of the larger picture.  I am frustrated because it seems like this is a movie made for no one.

Since watching the movie, I kept asking myself, “would I have enjoyed this movie more if I had never read The Dark Tower series?”  At first I thought, possibly, but I am not certain of that now.  Sure, had I never read the books, I would not have entered the theater with any expectations of what the story could have been.  However, I also think I may have been lost for much of the movie if I did not have any prior knowledge about who was appearing on screen and what they were doing.  (Spoilers ahead.)  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #48 – On the Path of the Beam part 6 – Song of Susannah

In this week’s episode, Anthony and J. R. are discussing part 6 of The Dark Tower series, Song of Susannah. Find out what happens to Roland’s ka-tet after the battle in Calla Bryn Sturgis. Later on, Casey stops by to do a quick recap of the season 7 premiere episode of Game of Thrones, “Dragonstone,” and he also gives some thoughts on Spider-man: Homecoming.

Spider-man: Homecoming review

spider-man homecoming posterWhen we last saw the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man on screen, he was helping Iron Man fight Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, because Tony Stark it would be a great idea to bring an inexperienced high schooler in to fight a bunch of Avengers.  Before that though, he was being played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-man 2, where he was fighting Electro.  While I really like Garfield as Spider-man, I can admit that that movie was not good.

It wasn’t Andrew Garfield’s fault that the movie wasn’t good, but in Sony’s desperation to make a successful, sustainable Spider-man series, they went to Disney and Marvel Studios for help.  Not getting into the whole business side of it, but gone was Andrew Garfield and in was Tom Holland.

At its core, this movie is about people chasing after what they feel they deserve.  With the Vulture, he feels like he got screwed over when Damage Control took his company off of clean-up after the Battle of New York, which was 8 years ago.  (We’ll come back to that.)  Peter Parker, after his run-in with the Avengers thinks he deserves another mission and an actual spot with the Avengers.  Vulture deals with it by stealing alien technology and making weapons to sell.  Peter is just pretty careless in chasing after the Vulture, and overall, Peter’s actions are the things I did not like in this movie.  (more…)

Then vs. Now

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While researching Marvel Comics bankruptcy filing from over 20 years ago, I found this archived article from E! News. It talks about how Marvel’s sales had plummeted, driving the company into debt; owing $1.2 billion when they were only worth $1.3 billion.

What I found funny about this is that the article mentions their plan to develop Marvel Studios & this archived website features an ad for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens next Friday. Homecoming is the newest offering from Marvel Studios, which has brought in nearly $12 billion dollars since 2008.

Wonder Woman review

Wonder Woman PosterI am going to waste no time and just come right out say that Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie.  Patty Jenkins, the director, has done a phenomenal job.  If you have not seen it, then you should quit reading this review, and go see it right now.  I appreciate the view, but get lost.  Anyways, since this is a review, I might as well continue.  Of course there are people that probably did not listen to me.  Since seeing this movie, I have been thinking about what exactly made it so good.  Why has it gotten the critical praise that none of the other recent DC movies have received?

The best I can come up with is that this movie has heart.  It is sincere and earnest.  And I know those are pretty vague terms, so I will try to explain better.  In Wonder Woman, we watch Diana grow into the role of being a hero.  And yes, that is the basic premise of an origin movie, but this one differs in that there is no burden pushing her in that direction.  She did not watch her parents die.  She did not suffer some personal tragedy and have to become a hero to escape it.  She did not do this because it would make her a better person.  She started her hero’s journey because it was the right thing to do.  This is where I think the favorable comparisons to Captain America:  The First Avenger are.  Not that they are both war movies, but that they are heroes that chose to be heroes, and were not pushed into it.  The difference is that Captain America takes World War 2 fairly lightly.  Wonder Woman does not do the same with The Great War. Spoilers below.  (more…)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

Pirates of the caribbean dead men tell no tales posterMany years ago, there was a trilogy of movies that focused the lengths people would go to in order to save the ones they loved.  They explored the moral dilemmas of possibly betraying your friends in order to save your loved ones.  They were also about forging your own path in the world.  Where you came from did not matter.  What mattered was your drive to accomplish your goals.  And when things were going to hell around you, hold on dearly to the ones you love, because you do not know what the next moment may bring.  Oh, and there were also pirates in this movie.

As I am certain you could guess, of course I am talking about the first 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Those first 3 movies had wonderful stories, and memorable moments.  On Stranger Tides had neither.  It is difficult to remember anything that stands out in that movie.  I remember there were mermaids.  I remember being disappointed with how Blackbeard was used.  I remember feeling that the movie was sorely missing the heart that you got with Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner.  It felt as if the character of Jack Sparrow had not had any type of development.  Would Dead Men Tell No Tales be able to capture what the first 3 movies had?  Partly.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)