Marvel Studios Annotations: IRON MAN

In preparation for the release of The Avengers, I wrote up these annotations for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that were originally posted on the now-defunct Movie Metropolis. This is a detailed breakdown of all the hidden references and surprising ways in which each picture connects to one another. The first film, Iron Man, forms the foundation…

Movie Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

“They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy.” “What a bunch of a-holes.” When Edgar Wright famously departed as director of Ant-Man, the fanboy nation decried Marvel Studios for no longer being willing to take risks. After all, their entire cinematic universe was built on a risk. Iron Man was not a character in the…

Movie Review: THOR – THE DARK WORLD

It wasn’t too difficult for Marvel to get audiences to buy into an eccentric billionaire who designed a high-tech suit of armor to save the world. It was an uphill battle to get those same people to buy into a Norse god with a magical hammer that could summon lightning. Thor was the fourth picture…

Movie Review: IRON MAN 3

People always say, “Third time’s the charm.” However, that rule doesn’t always apply to comic book movies. If a franchise is lucky enough to make it to a third outing, the filmmakers have forgotten what made the series successful in the first place. Superman 3, Spider-Man 3, and X-Men: The Last Stand are glaring examples while Batman Forever was the start…

THE FORGER coming to DVD & Blu-ray June 23

SANTA MONICA, CA – Two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, Saturday Night Fever, 1977; Best Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, Beginners, 2011) take on the heist of their lives in The Forger, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on June 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Forger is currently available via…

Movie Review: THE AVENGERS

“You think you’re the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you’ve become a part of a bigger universe…I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative. Back in 2008, moviegoers patient enough to sit through the end credits of Iron Man heard those fateful words. Marvel Comics laid out the foundation for a…

Movie Review: THOR

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Summer movie season arrives with the booming sound of thunder and the blinding crackle of lightning. That raging storm heralds the arrival of Thor, the latest Marvel superhero to hit the silver screen. This isn’t the Mighty Thor’s first foray into…

Movie Review: IRON MAN 2

Iron Man was never Marvel’s premiere superhero on the comic book page, but on the big screen he’s their centerpiece. 2008’s Iron Man was a rousing success and set the foundation for creating a singular cinematic universe where Marvel’s heroes exist side-by-side. As with the majority of sequels, Iron Man 2 ups the ante with…

Movie Review: THE INCREDIBLE HULK

The Incredible Hulk doesn’t hit it right out of the park as Iron Man did, but it’s a respectable triple. Whereas Ang Lee’s Hulk was more talky, less smashy, this new Hulk is more smashy, less talky. Ed Norton pulls double-duty for this latest adaptation of the Green Goliath. He’s pitch-perfect as Bruce Banner and,…

Movie Review: IRON MAN

Iron Man is the first film produced under the Marvel Studios banner, allowing the comic book company to churn their live-action adaptations in house while giving them tighter creative control. If this spectacularly fun effort is any indication, Marvel made the right decision. The last few Marvel films were the hugely disappointing Spider-Man 3, the…

Universal presents THE GUNMAN on DVD & Blu-ray June 30

Universal City, California – Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) is the object of a deadly international manhunt in the pulse-pounding thriller The Gunman, coming to Digital HD on June 16, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand on June 30, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home…

54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT debuts on Digital HD June 2

SANTA MONICA, CA – 54 is back like never before! As a result of the overwhelmingly positive response to its U.S. premiere screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday, April 24th, 54: The Director’s Cut, featuring 44 minutes of never-before-seen material will be made available on Digital HD on June 2nd from Miramax…