Talking Movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Released: 3 September 2021Director: Destin Daniel CrettonDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $150 millionStars: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Tony Leung The Plot:Desiring a normal life away from his father, Xu Wenwu (Leung), who has led the terrorist organisation known as the “Ten Rings” for a thousand years thanks to his mysterious … Continue reading Talking Movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Talking Movies: Black Widow

Released: 9 July 2021Director: Cate ShortlandDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $200 millionStars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz The Plot:On the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Johansson) reunites with her estranged sister, Yelena Belova (Pugh), and … Continue reading Talking Movies: Black Widow

Talking Movies [National Superhero Day]: Avengers Assemble

In 1995, Marvel Comics created “National Superhero Day” and, in the process, provided comics and superhero fans the world over with a great excuse to celebrate their favourite characters and publications. Released: 4 May 2012Director: Joss WhedonDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $220 millionStars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, … Continue reading Talking Movies [National Superhero Day]: Avengers Assemble

Interplay: Killer Heroes

Before I earned my PhD writing about adaptations of videogames, I studied towards a Master’s degree in the same subject only, for my Master’s dissertation, I wrote about adaptations of comic books and superheroes. As many of you are probably aware, movies based on the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics costume-clad crimefighters are … Continue reading Interplay: Killer Heroes

Talking Movies / What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe

Superheroes may dominate television screens these days, but it all started back in the seventies. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) took cinemas by storm and drummed up enough cash to sink a small cruise liner, Marvel Comics had ventured into live-action adaptations of their comics books by licensing their properties to studios like … Continue reading Talking Movies / What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe

10 FTW: Movies of 2019

As always, I made quite a few trips to the cinema this year; I saw sixteen movies in the end and, for the first time I can remember, actually had a couple of trips that resulted in less than enjoyable experiences thanks to disappointments like Glass (Shyamalan, 2019), Rambo: Last Blood (Grunberg, 2019), and Terminator: … Continue reading 10 FTW: Movies of 2019

Talking Movies: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Released: July 2019Director: Jon WattsDistributor: Sony Pictures ReleasingBudget: $160 millionStars: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jon Favreau Plot:Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (Russo Brothers, 2019), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) is still struggling with the death of his friend, mentor, and father-figure, Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jnr). However, he … Continue reading Talking Movies: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Talking Movies: Avengers: Endgame

Released: April 2019Director: Anthony Russo and Joe RussoDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $356 millionStars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. The Plot:It’s been three weeks since Thanos (Brolin) acquired the six Infinity Stones and snapped his … Continue reading Talking Movies: Avengers: Endgame

Talking Movies: Captain Marvel

Released: March 2019Director: Anna Boden and Ryan FleckDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $152 to 175 millionStars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Annette Bening. The Plot:It’s the mid-nineties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, a galaxy away, the Kree super soldier Vers (Larson) is embroiled in a war against the … Continue reading Talking Movies: Captain Marvel