Trying to pull myself out of a fugue state, one cinematic masterpiece at a time
Almost didn't watch this before Multiverse of Madness but I'm so glad I did. In terms of continuity, I didn't realise how far removed we were from Doctor Strange's starting point, and consequently, how long it took Marvel to include mysticism and magic into its narrative repertoire.
First of all, I really appreciated the worldbuilding in this. I know the MCU machinery is well and truly chugging along at this point, but I forgot how exciting the introduction of all…
Another series I watched on the road to Multiverse of Madness at the behest of my sister. I don't know if it's my covid-addled brain, but I have to admit that this was a particularly good entry into the MCU. It has everything you would expect from an easy watch - charming characters, easy-to-follow plotlines, and a lot of cool explosions.
I feel like the negative reception stems from the fact that the entire concept of this show could've acted…
As a casual fan of the slasher genre, I feel like I was in way over my head a couple of minutes into X. That's not to say it's inaccessible, since it hits a lot of the narrative beats of a typical slasher film - the midwestern setting and the ensuing caricatures; the parallel between religious repression and violent behaviour; and, of course, an unabashed, liberal sprinkling of gore.
On the surface level, it's a wild ride after the first…
Not the first Villeneuve film I've seen, so I wasn't surprised by how beautifully composed every scene was, and yet there was still something completely magical about the experience. Obviously, this is a very well-loved IP, but I feel like Villeneuve has a knack for not just capturing the spirit of his source material, but somehow breathing new life into every single element of that story in the cinematic sense.
I know this story is an epic in itself, and…