X-Men: Apocalypse

I was thinking… …when Bryan Singer released the first X-Men film in 2000, he blatantly pointed out his comic book-based movie was not going to be a direct translation of the comic book itself. When Wolverine is trying on his uniform for the first time, Cyclops comments, “What did you expect? Yellow spandex?” The funny […]

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The Angry Birds Movie

I was thinking… …when the first home video game, “Pong,” surfaced in the early 1970’s, it is dubious anyone thought, Hey, this would make a good movie someday. Disney’s Tron marked the first direct video game/movie connection in 1982. While that relationship between the big screen and the arcade screen worked well, it was still […]

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The Nice Guys

I was thinking… …one of the quickest ways to get me to laugh is to hear a grown man scream like a woman. And there is so very much of that in The Nice Guys. Shane Black’s (Iron Man 3) latest directorial outing, the action comedy stretches back to that most magical of all years, […]

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Captain America: Civil War

I was thinking… …the distance of the camera from the subject can make or destroy how an action sequence plays out. Alfred Hitchcock said the size of the subject on the screen should indicate the overall importance of that object. When this axiom is applied to a combat sequence–particularly of the hand-to-hand variety–however, it can […]

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I was thinking… …what a disparate reputation cats have. The ancient Egyptians treated them as sacred. Single women who own them are seen as pathetic spinsters. And, for some extremely odd reason, arch-villains prefer them as lap-riding pets. Is it any wonder then that an entire film be made about how far someone will go […]

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The Jungle Book

I was thinking… …when animated films cast A-list actors in lead roles, they are only concerned with one thing: putting as many butts in the seats as possible. They do not care whether those actors are the best for the job, if their voices fit the character or even if they can act. ‘Actors who […]

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