Friday, July 6, 2018
But one detail that excited many was the tease for future films featuring the Wasp, Ant-Man's longtime partner, being able to dominate the scene right alongside her charming teammate. Three years later, you have many of the original team, including director Peyton Reed, to finally deliver on that potential with Ant-Man and the Wasp, which comes to cap off Marvel's mega-successful 2018 (not counting the peripheral Venom spin-off). Of course, one wouldn't expect it to reach the heights of Black Panther or Infinity War, so it's best to take it as a nice, inoffensive cleanser. And that's precisely what it is, ending Marvel's year with neither a bang nor whimper, but a pleasing growl.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
And like its screen counterparts, the Jurassic Park series has had its own ups and downs. Many know of my adoration of Steven Spielberg's original masterpiece, and Colin Trevorrow's highly enjoyable update three years ago, even if it couldn't live up its standards. But all good things must come to an end, as we now must wave goodbye to those memories on Isla Nublar, as the dinosaurs take a greater step into a more expansive future. Embrace it, dread it, it can't be stopped. And I know this for sure, as there's plenty within Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom that I dread AND embrace.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
So well-received was the film, that for years fans had repeatedly asked for a follow-up. And with Pixar going full steam recently with sequels, I don't think any made more sense than this one to receive it. However, there was always the pervading fear in my mind that the film wouldn't live up to everyone's hype - especially with Bird coming off a bomb with Tomorrowland, and that maybe this had more to do with business than passion. I'm happy to report that it is the latter. In fact, I think a more extreme case can be argued... that Incredibles 2 may actually exceed its predecessor.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
But those gems are not gone, merely hidden in the rough. Horror has stepped its game up in recent memory, with this year alone giving us the fantastic A Quiet Place. Distributor A24 has waged its own chips in the horror realm, driving us closer to the days of literal and figurative horror, and the release of their latest film, newcomer Ari Aster's Hereditary, may be the closest thing yet to becoming that horror classic of a generation.