Will Marvel Ever Fail? | Column from the Editor

With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” crossing the $1 billion line at the box office and “Avengers: Endgame” being the highest grossing movie of all time, plenty of pundits have questioned if and when Marvel Studios will fail. You’ll find plenty of these pieces online, comparing the industry’s current superhero movie trend to that of westerns, noir, and the action films of the 90s and the … Continue reading Will Marvel Ever Fail? | Column from the Editor

Aquaman will probably dissapoint

“Man of Steel” disappointed. “Batman v. Superman” bombed in a spectacular fashion. “Suicide Squad” bombed. “Wonder Woman” was genuinely good. And “Justice League” was just ok.

And now we have “Aquaman.” Oh, Aquaman. “My man!” as Jason Momoa’s bafoonish testosterone-induced version of the character would say.

But you’re not my man. You’re no one’s man. You’re Jason Momoa playing an overcompensation of a traditionally mild-mannered joke of a character, stuck in between Zack Snyder’s dark and gloomy ugly-CGI “Man of Steel” Universe, and Joss Whedon’s over-corrected “Justice League” Universe. Momoa’s portrayal of the character is one of identity crisis, and the only sample of his character we saw was in a poorly-written by-the-numbers movie that didn’t know what it wanted to be. I hate to say it, but Momoa’s impact as Aquaman was as noticeable as any of the disposable “Suicide Squad” characters, and I would have you know that I mean that in the nicest way possible (“Suicide Squad” is a guilty pleasure of mine); that’s to say, he didn’t offend, like the god-awful Jared Leto Joker we got in that film, but he didn’t make an impact, either.  Continue reading “Aquaman will probably dissapoint”

Is Pixar in trouble?

The short answer is, no. The long answer is still no, but one day it might be.

Pixar Animation Studios has a groundbreaking reputation being that they were one of the earliest and by many are still considered the best studio that primarily focuses in computer animation. They even produced the first feature-length CG-animated film (“Toy Story”), and for years enjoyed dominance in this still early but promising area of filmmaking, although they haven’t had much competition for a very long time, as their only real rival prior to the 2010s was DreamWorks Animation, who, like Mike Myers, will probably live off of the “Shrek” franchise till the day they die. Continue reading “Is Pixar in trouble?”

Why you should watch Akira

“Akira” holds a special place in the hearts of many, and for good reason. If you’re Japanese, “Akira” represents a moment in time where Japanese animation could for the first time slug with the likes of Disney both in terms of global impact and quality of animation, with the budget of the film translating into roughly $20 million in today’s money thanks to a mega-collaboration between Kodansha, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Bandai, Hakuhodo, Toho, Laserdisc Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation. If you’re from the west, whether you know it or not, “Akira” was the trailblazer that opened the door to worldwide distribution that allowed a world of anime to reach you, from “Dragon Ball Z” to “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” Continue reading “Why you should watch Akira”