So, I’ve noticed two recent trends that seem to be a byproduct of the huge influx of franchise films, specifically superhero films. They’re not so much a reaction as a necessity for things to go on as they are.
We’re in a golden age of nerdy media. Every time I think we’ve hit the pinnacle of high-budget media adapting or embracing something once only for the nerdiest of the nerds, another trailer comes out.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is a masterpiece. A culmination of increasingly popular science fiction topics, well-trodden philosophy, absurdist humor, and incredible fight choreography.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls delighted at first but steadily worsened. The endless brownie points earned spent themselves too fast and left a husk of a film.
The Tomorrow War has a fantastic premise, talented actors, and stellar effects, yet it never comes together properly. The enthusiasm for its own appeal wanes, and it becomes a shell of a movie, running on formula and tropes.
If you read many of my reviews, you might’ve noticed I have a bias. I’ve spoken about it before: I like unique, wild, and weird. Stories going out of their way to be meta, mind-bending, or commentate on current events or societal ills have often gotten positive reviews from me.
Trailers are their own unique pieces of art. Sometimes better than the movies/shows they go with. The time restraint forces creativity and efficiency. These five are some of the best I’ve seen lately.
The Matrix Resurrections is disappointing. This one sentence sums up the bulk of my opinions. I had such high hopes, especially with how good the first movie was, but I wasn’t feeling it by the end.
It’s time to go back four years and look at an old article Brandon Scott wrote about May The Fourth.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the type of movie that could only exist in this new media environment. The draw is the spectacle of connecting reboots and pulling in actors to reprise long-gone roles.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife has several excellent moments, a great protagonist, and a heartfelt core, yet is underwhelming in a lot of ways. Those who watch it will remember it mainly for its fan service, and though that’s kind of the point—it’s not great we have a lot of movies made with that in mind.
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