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In 1984’s Ghostbusters, one of the advertising slogans for the group was ‘we’re ready to believe you’; in 2016’s Ghostbusters the appropriate slogan for the all-female crew would be ‘why won’t anyone believe us?’ The gender politics of women demanding to be taken seriously in their chosen profession has never been as fun as it’s depicted in Ghostbusters. Co-writer and director, Paul Feig, and co-writer, Katie Dippold, have smuggled the struggle into their reinvention of a 30-year-old property with a joke hit-rate off the P.K.E meter.
Read the full review at: thepopcornjunkie.com/2016/07/12/ghostbusters-lights-em-up/
“They like to get the landmarks”, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) says as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Tower falls from the sky to crush the London Bridge in Independence Day: Resurgence. Set and released twenty-years after Independence Day, co-writer and director, Roland Emmerich (Stonewall) returns to state he’s in on the joke. A two decade gap has allowed Independence Day: Resurgence time to develop a self-awareness akin to the other alien invasion film turning twenty this year: Mars Attacks (the sequel we need). It’s unashamedly goofy, sincere with its absurdity and loaded with martian invasion B-movie elements on a champagne budget.
Read the full review at: thepopcornjunkie.com/2016/06/24/the-dream-of-the-nineties-is-alive-in-independence-day-resurgence/
The eleventh entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an entertaining compromise. Writer and director, Joss Whedon, is caught between managing a lukewarm core story while pleasing the demands of tangents associated with future Marvel blockbusters (and Marvel Studios head honcho, Kevin Feige, and his Disney overlords). Avengers: Age of Ultron is overloaded, but the spectacle is fun, Whedon’s witty dialogue pops, and the execution of intimate character moments shine in what’s essentially a bridging film in the MCU.
Read the full review at thepopcornjunkie.com/2015/04/22/review-avengers-age-of-ultron/
“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot.
Space in your face. Beautiful, beautiful space. Interstellar is an awe inspiring journey across the cosmos that travels to the heart of humanity; flaws and all. Hopelessly optimistic, co-writer and director Christopher Nolan, has delivered a heartfelt science fiction tale.
Read the full review at thepopcornjunkie.com/2014/11/01/review-interstellar/