When Adam Sandler struck a four-picture deal with Netflix in the fall of 2014, it made a great deal of sense. The streaming service is the perfect home for the comedy superstar's limp shtick — some people make films that are intended to be seen on the biggest screen possible, while Sandler makes films that play best on your roommate's crusty laptop when you're recovering from a wicked hangover on a Sunday morning.
Loki, the God of Emo, steals this blue looking superpower energy source. If in the wrong hands, the blue stuff will make the world a living Hell. So, what do you do to save mankind? Well, you assemble the Avengers, and pray their egos can all fit in one room.
I get it now. You need to watch the previous MCU movies, to fully appreciate this colossal gathering of the Mega Powers. I watched this, between a couple of Cap…
I heard this movie was an improvement but I did not expect THIS much of a jump in quality from the admittedly pretty solid start. "X2" is everything a follow up should be. It takes the ground work laid from the original and expands on it, reaching for bigger and richer themes and action on top of bringing in new characters and upping the stakes to a global scale.
Moving along at a great pace to keep everything…
K, time for an actual capsule review:
The Neon Demon is an effective, albeit deeply disturbing commentary on physical artificiality and the social construction of beauty as the chief significance in not only the entertainment and fashion industries, but in life, relationships, everything. Needless to say, it's not for the faint of heart; prepare for the utilization of cannibalism and necrophilia as metaphor. Yeah.
It's not supposed to be this way. Hollywood reboots are unilaterally terrible, cash ins, whitewashed garbage that plays up the cheapest aspects of the originals, matches it beat for beat but only in the shallowest possible way, ignoring the thematic resonance that made it great in the first place. Yet, here we are, something that takes the fundamental underdog story of the original and builds upon it in a way that makes it more complex, modern, and re-invigorated, in a…