Tag Archives: 2010s

Muppets Most Wanted

Being “meta” — originally “meta-textual”, openly discussing the medium of a work within the work itself — is in right now. Has been for a few years; it’s an era in which self-awareness, irony, and talking back to the audience … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

One of my chief concerns with The Hobbit being expanded into three films from one book was whether or not the movies would feel padded, or if they would drag at any point. With the second film, I think it’s … Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

I pity anybody who likes to be overly precise with their terminology on franchises. Sequels following after, prequels being made after but telling a story that come before… and then there’s a film like X-Men: Days of Future Past. Based … Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Whatever my thoughts on Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, I had expected I’d be watching and reviewing these films for years to come. After all, Sony had already scheduled dates for the third and fourth films even before the second … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

When I reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger, I noted that the big lead-ins to The Avengers all do a little bit of genre-blending rather than being “pure” superhero movies (if such a genre could be considered pure in the … Continue reading

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Thor: The Dark World

The first Thor movie came out a few months before I started blogging, so I never had a review of it up here. But I found it to be a fun, exciting film and its generally light-hearted tone made it … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone

2010 Best Picture Nominee In Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman named Ree living in the Ozarks. Though she is only 17, she essentially lives alone and has sole care of her two younger siblings. Her mother lives … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There’s an art to doing sequels, and there are enough critical essays on the subject to be classified as their own genre. One common topic in such essays is a sort of “sophomore slump” for series, where the second movie … Continue reading

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Frozen

I’m a fan of Disney, but I wouldn’t say that they knock it out of the park every single time. Brother Bear comes to mind as a fairly mediocre offering, and there are several others in the late 90s/early 2000s … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

Hollywood seems to prefer revisiting fairy tales and putting new twists on them to coming up with genuinely novel fantasy stories. And one of the ones they keep going back to time and again is the story of Snow White. … Continue reading

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