“Shazam!” is a superhero movie that’s sweet, funny and pure of heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uilJZZ_iVwY As comic book movies grow larger and larger and become epic on a scale far beyond what anyone thought imaginable, there’s something about the pure joy and wonder of watching a costumed hero soaring into the air and shooting lighting out of their hands that has become lost. Enter Shazam!, a movie that embraces … Continue reading “Shazam!” is a superhero movie that’s sweet, funny and pure of heart

“Captain Marvel” soars above narrative problems with a heroic lead and plenty of Marvel spectacle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LHxvxdRnYc Over the last ten years and 21 movies, Marvel has perfected a formula to their movies – like a family handing down a recipe for a nice sauce over the generations. More often than not, and especially for origin stories, this formula involves a budding hero of super qualities, a villain who wants a … Continue reading “Captain Marvel” soars above narrative problems with a heroic lead and plenty of Marvel spectacle

“The Hole in the Ground” digs its way out of familiar territory with haunting visuals & strong performances

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxY2vnJiByw If the decades of horror film history have taught us anything it’s to never have children, ever. On top of throwing fits and always smelling like old milk, they’re the masters of the emotionless stare, capable of singing old-timey songs at high pitches and are easily susceptible to all manner of the paranormal. THE … Continue reading “The Hole in the Ground” digs its way out of familiar territory with haunting visuals & strong performances