5 Questions After Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story

WARNING: Here be spoilers. Your first and only warning.

Once The Last Jedi came and went, audiences officially began the journey from the “comfort” of the Skywalker Saga to the great unknown with the future of Star Wars. There is only one more film to go in the (foolishly presumed) final Skywalker trilogy, and soon enough there will be more Star Wars films that cover every little corner of the galaxy that is far, far away. As such, Solo provides some additional insight into the thought process guiding this venture. But also, it leaves many unanswered questions which I, an expert – obviously, will attempt to answer.

1. What were they thinking? Continue reading 5 Questions After Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Ranking the 2018 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees

Mike Thomas and Jerome Cusson debated the 2017 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees in the form of a podcast. Deciding this year it was best to spare Matt Waters the extra hosting duties give his many Reel World responsibilities (wordplay!), we decided that this year we would discuss the nominees on (figurative) paper instead. After devising a secret formula to rank the nine nominees, we have come up with a definitive order for the Oscar films, ranked worst to best. Without further ado…

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7 Things To Know About the Blade Episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Given The Reel World’s past exploration of Spider-Man and its more current exploration of Blade, it seemed fitting to briefly take a look at the one time the characters crossed paths on the small screen. Here are by far the seven most notable things that happened in these two episodes.

Review of Blade

Review of Blade II

Review of Blade: Trinity

 

1. Blade has a motherfucking lightsaber.

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Mike & Matt Write Words: 8 Questions About the 2018 (Live-Action) Comic Book Movies

Mike and Matt have once again written some words. We like movies based on comic book superheroes. There are a lot of intriguing ones coming out in 2018. We talk about them here. Using written words.

1. Black Panther

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11 issues with The Last Jedi after two viewings

 

When I left the theater for The Force Awakens two years ago, I could not help but feel conflicted. I enjoyed a lot of what happened in the film, but it was disheartening to see *just* how much the filmed leaned on nostalgia and referencing the original films.

Cut to a week ago and me departing the theater after seeing The Last Jedi. On one hand, I was comforted to see how the film purposefully tried to distance itself from nostalgia. That was not my primary reaction though.

Instead, I was just in a daze about the actual execution of the film. There was such a lack of quality control in regards to the script and plotting. It really soured my experience of the film and took me completely out of it by the end. I kind of never wanted to watch the film again and lost all of my enthusiasm for the future of the Skywalker saga.

Having previously purchased tickets for a second viewing already, I went in determined to understand the source of my frustration. While I did enjoy the film more the second time around (being prepared for the problems this time), there are still fundamental issues with the film’s execution that undermine much of what the film attempted to do.

Continue reading 11 issues with The Last Jedi after two viewings

Thor: Ragnarok – Okay, but what’s next?

Despite the good reviews and general watchable quality to them, the Thor films were always the weak link in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mind you, there were some cool ideas in them for sure, and they managed to pull off some minor coups in regards to some of the major castings. The films themselves though lacked weight and never managed to compensate for that with high levels of frivolity and laughter.

Enter Thor: Ragnarok.

Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok – Okay, but what’s next?

2017 Re-Watch: The Office – “Company Picnic” aka When The Office Should Have Ended

One of the core issues with American television programming is that financial concerns often dictate a show ending either too early or cause it to go on for far too long. While it’s always frustrating to see a show cut down in its prime or before it can really get going, that situation does at least cause the show to leave a good taste in the viewers’ mouth. A show that far outstays its welcome can be infinitely more frustrating and can do a ton of damage to a show’s legacy.

The [American] Office is sadly a case of the latter. Continue reading 2017 Re-Watch: The Office – “Company Picnic” aka When The Office Should Have Ended