Infinity War: the pathos of Thanos

So, Avengers: Infinity War from Marvel Studios. The biggest of epic battles to end all epic battles (although not quite, as there’ll be an Avengers 4 in 2019, but more on that later). So, yes, there’s Thanos (Josh Brolin), a really bad guy. The worst. He’s purple, with a big chin from the planet Titan.… Continue reading Infinity War: the pathos of Thanos

Thor: Ragnarok – he’s come a long way, baby

The first Thor came out back in 2011, if you can believe that. And at the time it was a bit of a punt by Marvel who, until this point, had only really – successfully – thrust a decent Iron Man upon the world. Because Captain America: The First Avenger was to come later in 2011;… Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok – he’s come a long way, baby

Doctor Strange: Marvel continue to mix it up

From the opening third of this movie I thought, here we go, Inception on acid with a large helping of Batman Begins. No bad thing, but still… everything draws from something else, so the studio had to make this movie stand out; but also give it that Marvel flavour. Which, happily, they did; with mystic… Continue reading Doctor Strange: Marvel continue to mix it up

Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

We’re living in a time of caped crusaders, masked vigilantes, mutants with god complexes… anyway, you get the idea. Plucking a time period of the last ten years out the air to give this thing some parameters, here are my favourites, along with my reasons why. 10. Thor (2011) Deciding that you’re going to stick… Continue reading Top 10 superhero films of the last decade

Can Disney save Star Wars?

Upon hearing the news that Disney have recently acquired Lucasfilm I asked myself this question. Good old George, the 68-year-old filmmaker sold Lucasfilm for $4.05bn (£2.5bn), my initial reaction was not exactly excitement, more tentative hope. Lucas is more or less a pensioner and his heart went out of making these films a long time… Continue reading Can Disney save Star Wars?

Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

This piece slightly follows on from my recent post on how Hayden Christensen ruined Star Wars. After writing I began to think about the other actors in those films, particularly Natalie Portman and how highly I rate her work. Other than Leon in 1994, her first major role as an adult actress was Star Wars.… Continue reading Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe

For this posting I’d like to discuss the evolution of the Marvel universe. I recently – finally – got around to seeing The Avengers. Or, as it’s known in the UK, Avengers Assemble (damn you, Steed). I have to say, having unavoidably seen and heard many reviews, I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it and… Continue reading Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe