Category: Superheroes


I gotta hand it to The Avengers, it sure isn’t afraid to be “comic-booky.” And on one hand that’s pretty obvious – it is the fucking Avengers, after all. But man, this one is extra comic-booky, and damn proud of it. More so than any of the films that preceded it, this one asks, nay, demands that you accept all this silliness at total face value. Put all these guys (and gal) together in one room sitting around a conference table, and suddenly their costumes and super-powered status seem even sillier than ever before. And the movie doesn’t care! And, because it doesn’t care, you don’t care! That’s the real magic of The Avengers. There’s something to be said for the more realistic modernism of Nolan’s Batman series, sure. But this ain’t the place for that. This is The Avengers, damn it. Let’s get crazy.

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In 2007’s Ghost Rider, daredevil turned supernatural hero Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) says “I’m the only one who can walk in both worlds.” I still have absolutely no idea what he meant by that, but I’m gonna steal the line anyway, and say that this new sorta-sequel-but-also-sorta-reboot Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance does indeed walk in two worlds – the world of “good-bad movies” and the world of “bad-bad movies.” The important question is how much time it spends in each.

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Captain America: The First Avenger is a just-good-enough origin tale for the final piece of Marvel’s Avengers’ puzzle. It’s not spectacular nor particularly memorable, but during its run-time it skates by purely on a level of fun, and is just effective enough in introducing the character to get you pumped to see him again next summer, this time interacting with a number of other, more interesting characters.

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If you had told me this time last year that I would end up enjoying the Seth Rogan-starring Green Hornet more than the long-awaited live-action debut of Green Lantern, I would have thought you were crazy. In fact, at first I wondered if my decision to finally watch Green Hornet so soon after also seeing Green Lantern was some sort of madness. And yet, here we are – with me about to tell you why I kind of really dug this movie.

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You’d have to be a total Green Lantern nerd to like this movie.

I liked this movie.

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Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman is one of the most acclaimed Superman stories of all time, so it’s no surprise that it ended up as source material for a Superman movie. But instead of another entry in Supe’s hit-and-miss saga of live-action adventures, All Star was instead chosen as another project for the popular line of animated, straight-to-DVD DC Universe  films. The question is, was it a good choice?

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