“Hellboy” is an overly violent, grotesque slog through cinematic hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsBO4b3tyZg While the original Hellboy movies are not my favorite in the superhero genre, they have an undeniable visual majesty that utilizes practical effects and makeup to bring to life a supernatural world that’s mystifying, terrifying, and just plain cool. In an attempt to do something different with the new take on the big red … Continue reading “Hellboy” is an overly violent, grotesque slog through cinematic hell

“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

Civil War is the only war that will make you giddy with joy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKrVegVI0Us Marvel is officially the Coca-Cola of movie franchises. By this, I mean they have mastered a secret formula that many have tried and will try to replicate but will never get right. Only Marvel knows exactly what it takes to get it just right that it seems so simple, and yet is so intricately … Continue reading Civil War is the only war that will make you giddy with joy