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 [Watchmen Wednesday]: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

To celebrate the fact that I finally got around to reading Doomsday Clock (Johns, et al, 2017 to 2019), DC Comic’s official sequel to the seminal Watchmen (Moore, et al, 1986 to 1987), I’ve been dedicating every Wednesday of this month to Alan Moore’s influential maxiseries. Released: 3 November 2009Originally Released: 6 March 2009Director: Zack … Continue reading Talking Movies [Watchmen Wednesday]: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Released: 18 March 2021Director: Zack SnyderDistributor: HBO Max/Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentBudget: $70 million (on top of the original $300 million production costs)Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, and Henry Cavill The Plot:Following the death of Clark Kent/Superman (Cavill), Bruce Wayne/Batman (Affleck) scrambles to bring together a … Continue reading Talking Movies: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Talking Movies: Independence Day

Released: 3 July 1996Director: Roland EmmerichDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $75 millionStars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, and Randy Quaid The Plot:When a series of flying saucers suddenly appear over and attack every major city across the world, United States President Thomas Whitmore (Pullman) is forced to mount a desperate counterattack … Continue reading Talking Movies: Independence Day

Talking Movies: Joker

Released: 4 October 2017 (Hey, that’s my birthday!)Director: Todd PhillipsDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $55 to 70 millionStars: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, and Robert De Niro The Plot:In 1981, party clown Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) suffers from a medical disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times and lives with his mother, … Continue reading Talking Movies: Joker

Talking Movies [Captain Picard Day]: Star Trek: Nemesis

As amusing detail in the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 to 1994) episode “The Pegasus” (Burton, 1994) is that the crew and children of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D celebrate “Captain Picard Day” on Stardate 47457.1, which roughly translates to this day, the 16th of June. They do this by producing drawings, models, and paintings that … Continue reading Talking Movies [Captain Picard Day]: Star Trek: Nemesis

Talking Movies [Predator Day]: Predator

In 2019, there was a bit of a fan movement to declare June 12th as “Predator Day” to commemorate the release of one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. I, being a massive fan of the franchise, am all for this but, unfortunately 12 June clashes with “Superman Day” so I’m a few days … Continue reading Talking Movies [Predator Day]: Predator

Talking Movies [Ghostbusters Day]: Ghostbusters (1984)

Throw on your proton pack and get ready to bust some ghosts because June 8th is, officially, “Ghostbusters Day”! Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984) was first released on this day back in 1984 and, since then, has become a major pop culture franchise that includes comic books, a popular cartoon and line of action figures, and videogames … Continue reading Talking Movies [Ghostbusters Day]: Ghostbusters (1984)

Talking Movies: Darkman

Released: 24 August 1990Director: Sam RaimiDistributor: Universal PicturesBudget: $14 millionStars: Liam Neeson, Larry Drake, Frances McDormand, and Colin Friels The Plot:When Doctor Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is left horrifically scarred and burned by mob boss Robert G. Durant (Drake), he uses his advanced (but fallible) synthetic skin and his augmented strength to take revenge upon those … Continue reading Talking Movies: Darkman

Talking Movies [Dragon Ball Month]: Dragonball Super The Movie: Broly

When the Great Demon King Piccolo was released upon the world, he broadcasted a message on television declaring May 9th as “Piccolo Day”…and promptly celebrated by announcing his ownership over the planet. Since then, May 9th has been officially recognised as “Goku Day” and, accordingly, I have spent the last few Sundays looking back at … Continue reading Talking Movies [Dragon Ball Month]: Dragonball Super The Movie: Broly