Archive for the Science Fiction Category

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL

I’ve always looked at Men in Black as a sort of Ghostbusters, except with aliens. It’s not really about the plot, but about the characters and how they interact with each other, as well as the crazy world around them. Since they only focused on two characters, Men in Black always fell […]

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DARK PHOENIX

There is something that feels antiquated about the X-Men franchise now. The first film came out in 2000 and kicked off the modern comic book craze that we know today. Now, 19 years later, the landscape has changed dramatically, with large, sprawling universes by Marvel and DC being the […]

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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

Is there anything out there cooler than Godzilla? I mean, seriously. He’s a gigantic, intelligent, charismatic dinosaur with the ability to shoot atomic breath out of his mouth. He’s one of the most badass movie characters ever and without a doubt the most badass giant monster in […]

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BRIGHTBURN

James Gunn has sort of made a name for himself by making somewhat subervisive genre films with a clever edge. Slither with the horror genre, Super! with the superhero genre, and Guardians of the Galaxy with the comic book genre. He loves genre fare and with his newfound clout in the industry and all that Guardians money, […]

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Ah, Pokémon. The media franchise that just never seems to die. Trading cards, video games, TV shows, movies, and pretty much everything else, nothing has endured and transcended time and generations quite like these little monsters. I was a child when the original cards, games, and show […]

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME

I know I’m in the very small minority that didn’t really care for Avengers: Infinity War, but to be honest, I was actually pretty hyped up for this conclusion. While Infinity War didn’t fully work for me, I was interested to see how it would resolve that story, but […]

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CAPTIVE STATE

While story is often a key element to a great film, it’s not always required for a memorable and entertaining experience. “Style over substance” is a term used a lot, but filmmaking is art just like anything else. Stylish filmmaking with not a lot of substance, but […]

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

When you’re 21 films and 11 years in to a film franchise, you’re bound to run into stories, characters, plotlines, action scenes, and many more elements that end up feeling a bit… recycled and stale. It’s just inevitable. When you have a bunch of different films that […]

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HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

I’ve talked about sequels and their effects of diminishing returns many times before. It’s rare that sequels are better than the original, but it does happen. What’s even more rare is when a sequel completely abandons the conventions and genre that was established before. Evil Dead II is one […]

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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

While story is probably the most important ingredient that goes into making a great film, that doesn’t mean that the technological aspects of the artform should be ignored. Films tell stories, but so do books. There’s a whole world of technology that goes into filmmaking that’s been […]

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