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[REVIEW] In Defense of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

AoULogo What I set out to write as a straightforward review quickly metamorphosed into something else. The result is mostly a reaction to the other reviews I’ve been hearing and reading and an exploration of the shift in storytelling style that Marvel’s cinematic universe (MCU) is undergoing as it moves more fully into a long-view, semi-serialized format. Consequently, this post doesn’t have all that much to say about my personal likes and dislikes. I may return to those in the future, but feel free to ask about particulars using the comment box below if you get curious in the meantime. Continue reading

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[REVIEW] X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Before we begin, a disclaimer: I can’t even feign objectivity when it comes to the X-Men. I was an avid viewer of FOX’s Saturday morning cartoon at an impressionable age, and I’ve been a bit of a fanatic ever since. I still regularly read most of the X-titles, past and present, and many of the characters feel something akin to old friends at this point. When I watched the film in question, then, my experience couldn’t help but be shaped by two decades worth of expectations. I say this now, so there will be no mistake. What you’re about to read is not a fair, neutral review. It’s a fanboy bemoaning the perceived mangling of a beloved IP. If there’s a way to enjoy the X- franchise simply as a fun sci-fi romp, I’ll probably never find it. I’m not sure I can. (I also apologize for my first sentence; it’s a doozy.)
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Superhero Movie News

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It’s been a busy couple of days in the world of superhero cinema. The last 48 hours have seen at least two significant announcements and the debut of a much anticipated trailer. For those who don’t keep their ear to superheroic turf, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights: Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Pass?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m as eager as anyone to see Michael Fassbender reprise his role as Magneto, but I just don’t have it in me to be excited about FOX’s X-Men movies anymore. Continue reading

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[REVIEW] Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I want to like Agents of SHIELD. Even as someone who rarely watches TV, the thought of enjoying a piece of Marvel’s cinematic universe on the small screen every week is appealing. I’ve watched the first three episodes of the show now, though, and it has not failed to disappoint. With such well-realized and solidly entertaining source material in the Marvel Studios films, why does SHIELD fall so flat for me? Continue reading

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