SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

Starting this week, I’m doing a biweekly column, called the Sunday Matinee, that focuses on the more technical aspects of CBM filmmaking.  I studied film in school, and work in the field of production, and I want to bring that knowledge to the reviewing sphere! People love to talk about tone in superhero movies.  I’d argue tone was the major buzzword of 2016, in fact.  That said, I don’t believe tone describes the argument actually being had under…

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REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

There’s a lot to love in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, particularly if you loved the franchise’s first instalment. That initial adventure of Marvel’s cosmic reprobates was among the best the studio has produced; a hilarious, irreverent space opera that initially looked risky and weird but wound up being a weird, thrilling and hilarious surprise with a ton of heart. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits all the same buttons as that first…

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Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick,…

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WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

Be not afraid, Wonder Woman fans! Sources for TheWrap have stated that the marketing for Wonder Woman will ramp up in May, once the Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters and its marketing dies down a little. This comes in conjunction with Vanity Fair reporting that the amount spent for Wonder Woman‘s TV ad campaign beats out the campaign for Suicide Squad last summer. Suicide Squad‘s campaign cost $2,645,643, but the Wonder Woman campaign cost DC and…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

“Thin Ice” continues the trend of this 10th season of New Doctor Who embracing the best qualities of what makes the show such effervescent fun when it’s at its best, even as Sarah Dollard‘s script improves upon the first two episodes of the season in how it manages to weave in some weightier themes and character moments along with the fun. I really enjoyed the first two episodes of this season, but “Thin Ice” might be…

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Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Over the last few days, people have asked if the Wonder Woman marketing undersells the picture. Considering the history of studios not standing by or hyping female-led CBMs, this worry has some legitimacy. That said, I’m not sure it’s a valid worry in this case. Looking at Wonder Woman in the context of her cultural heft, the dominant narratives surrounding the movie, and the previous entries into the DCEU, I think that the marketing team…

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DC Entertainment Set to Launch Digital Service with TITANS

DC Entertainment Set to Launch Digital Service with TITANS

The entertainment marketplace is changing, and DC Entertainment’s new digital service is just the latest example. According to Variety, the service will launch in 2018 with a live-actions Titans series as its centerpiece. The platform will also play host to a the long-awaited new season of the animated Young Justice, as well as scores of other DC shows past and present. Titans had previously been in development at TNT, but was thought dead when the…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

“Smile”, like “The Pilot” before it, represents a return to a classic approach to this season of Doctor Who, and just like the premiere episode, this instalment is refreshingly fun, engaging and tremendously enjoyable. Its structure in many ways is a modern interpretation of the archetypal Doctor Who story; the Doctor and his companion arrive at a  otherworldly locale, wander around for a bit, then get sucked into a conflict due either to the Doctor’s…

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Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel and Freeform Release Trailer for “Cloak & Dagger”

Marvel Studios and Freeform have just released the first trailer for their upcoming young adult series Cloak & Dagger, based on the cult favorite Marvel comic. The comic followed Tandy Bowen and Tyrone  Johnson, two teenagers who acquire super-powers and form an unlikely but deep partnership as the urban vigilantes Cloak & Dagger. The characters were created in 1982 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan, and were designed to reflect some of the…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

Doctor Who returns for its first full season of adventures in over a year. True, we got a solid Christmas Special and the spin-off show “Class,” but in actuality it’s been far too long since the Doctor graced our screens for a run of stories through all of time and space. The first episode of the 10th series, the last series to star Peter Capaldi in the title role, is a fun and engaging story…

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