Category: Someone Has to Say It

Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy is Still the Best

This week sees the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the sixteenth film in Marvel’s multi-billion dollar Cinematic Universe and the third modern iteration of the Spider-Man character. Undeniably, the era in which Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film was released is completely different from the comic book film landscape we have today, as there were only a handful of identifiable comic book film franchises in theaters at the time, while now we have 11 different inter-connected film series (and that’s not even counting 20th Century Fox’s and DC Comics’ superhero properties). The ever-increasing production of comic book films has dominated Hollywood....

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The Pirates’ Life For Me: Pirates of the Caribbean & Character-Centric Narratives

Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy could be celebrated as one of the best trilogies of all-time. Okay, arguably. Everything from Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer’s epic score, to Dariusz Wolski’s stunning cinematography, to Verbinski’s fantastic direction, all these elements cement this trilogy as a breathtaking fantasy adventure. However, most don’t see it this way. Often, the most well-thought criticisms towards the trilogy usually fall along the lines of pacing issues, the “overstuffing” of characters, and identical plot devices used repeatedly. All this comes off as neglectful of what the trilogy is trying to be: a swashbuckling adventure...

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We Were So Wrong: Prometheus is a Modern Sci-Fi Classic

Even in space, everyone can hear the screams of discord brought about by Prometheus. Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe in 2012 wasn’t met with the critical accolades many were hoping for, nor did it meet many of the expectations that fans of the franchise had been waiting for since the property had gone off the rails in 1997. But Ridley Scott has never been a stranger to divisive films, with a number of his greatest, or at least most interesting, works failing to find an audience and critical reappraisal until years later. Prometheus is no different. The...

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‘Wonder Woman’ Doesn’t Need Help With Advertising Because She’s Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman should already be everyone’s most anticipated movie. Sure, Justice League is going to be epic in scope, but the smaller scale period piece Wonder Woman is going to be a game changer. Because finally we have a female-lead, female-directed superhero film in a superhero franchise with ambitions of creating a universe. And even before this focused film, Wonder Woman was featured prominently in the marketing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To be straight, Diana has never been sidelined. She’s been front and center for everything after Man of Steel. Her appearance in Batman v Superman...

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