Many argue that without the staggering critical and box office success of the first Iron Man movie, there would be no Marvel Universe, as we know it. However, when last I checked Spider-Man and the X-Men movies gave Marvel the confidence and financial resources to go off and build this franchise. Now Iron Man returns to kick off the aptly named Wave II of Marvel movies that eventually concludes with another Avengers movie.
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Marvel Studios continues to create ambitious, successful superhero movies with Iron Man 3 – the best of Tony Stark’s solo adventures to date. This time out, Stark is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of having his world upended in The Avengers – leaving him vulnerable both physically and emotionally.
While Iron Man 3 isn’t (quite) the movie that The Avengers was, it is an outstanding superhero movie that develops aspects of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in very human ways – thus anchoring the superhero exploits to a very relatable human being.
What happened to Mark Wahlberg? First Ted and now Pain and Gain it seems like he has completely embraced every comedic stereotype some people have of him and have used it to great effect. This is one of those rare movies where it is impossible to create a trailer that does it dark, twisted, and hysterically funny story justice. It is so over the top that of course it is based on a true story.
Although Pain & Gain is based on a true story (the opening narration goes, ‘unfortunately, this is a true story’), Bay treats it as though it was some weird The Three Stooges Go on a Crime Spree filtered through a heightened color palette.
Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion is a big movie that takes some familiar ideas and combines and reshapes them in interesting ways. It is a film with breathtaking visuals, epic themes and intimate moments in combination with some unique action sequences. It is also a film that requires its audience to pay attention – at, more so than most end of the world movies.
Danny Boyle’s unsuccessful films are more interesting than most directors’ good ones. Trance – a genre-bending heist/psychological thriller hybrid – is not one of his unsuccessful movies.
Evil Dead is one of those mythical cult films that everyone talks about in hushed awe, but it somehow escaped me. After finally watching it on Netflix, I have to say – I was not impressed. I walked into this remake with very low expectations and was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is the rare remake that surpasses the original in most ways that matter, except one – there’s no Bruce Campbell.