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Seriously…Iron Man 2… not Invincible Iron Man???  What a miss… Anyways, The first Iron Man was a surprise hit.  Marvel was building towards their shared movie universe and did not want to mess that up.  So, they stuck to their guns.  Favreau was back to direct Downey Jr. and the entire cast that survived made it back for the sequel. Well, almost everyone.  Terrence Howard tried to renegotiate his fee, and Marvel… Read More

For being a comedy, (thanks People’s Choice Awards) The Martian feels pretty serious. That does not mean it is devoid of humor.  Really, most any solid drama with have humor to break tension.  And considering the situation Mark Watley (Matt Damon) finds himself in?  Tension needs to break.  After an accident leaved Watley left behind on Mars, (believed dead) he finds himself struggling to find a way to last until the next… Read More

So…I was not a fan of the the latest stab f the Fantastic Four.  And I was not alone.  But Jamie Broadnax, whose writing I respect and enjoy, has voiced an appreciation of the film. This challenged me to think about the film a bit harder.  Specifically, are there things I did like?  Things that I could appreciate even if they did not work? There things I liked.  For instance, Franklin Storm.  I… Read More

Truthfully, the Fantastic Four reboot is exactly what I would expect from someone behind Chronicle.  Chronicle was a good film, but it was tonally dark, focused on the breakdown of family bonds and friendship.  It was dark and sad.  None of these are really good tones for the Fantastic Four. Josh Trank has already tried disowning the movie, but the problem is?  It sure looks like the kind of movie I would… Read More