Talking Movies: Deadpool

Released: 8 February 2016Director: Tim MillerDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $58 millionStars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić/Andre Tricoteux The Plot:After mercenary for hire Wade Wilson (Reynolds) contracts terminal cancer, he turns to Francis Freeman/Ajax (Skrein), who subjects him to round-the-clock torture to activate his latent X-Gene. … Continue reading Talking Movies: Deadpool

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 2019 Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Budget: $160 million Stars: 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 … Continue reading Talking Movies: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Talking Movies: Avengers: Endgame

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

Talking Movies: Captain Marvel

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

Talking Movies: Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four

Those who actually read my articles may recall that, some time ago, I wrote a piece discussing some ideas for the inevitable integration of the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Disney reacquired the rights after their big purchase of 20th Century Fox. In all honesty, bringing in the X-Men is probably one of … Continue reading Talking Movies: Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four