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“Mary Poppins Returns” is Pleasantly Imperfect

“Practically perfect in every way” is how the eccentric, magical nanny Mary Poppins is described both the 1964 Disney classic that shares her name and in its sequel, 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns. In both cases, it’s meant to reflect how Mary Poppins is perceived by those around…

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“Aquaman”: The Thirst Is (Mostly) Real

It’s no secret at this point that the DC Extended Universe is on shaky ground. It got off to a seriously rough start, rushed itself to catch up with Marvel, and was too much enamored of Zack Snyder’s particular brand of dark, dumb, nihilistic action. It’s only true, across-the-board…

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“Into The Spider-Verse”: A Hero Is Born

You know the story by now. A nerdy, unassuming teenager gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. They struggle with their place and identity, finally embracing the responsibility that comes with their powers, and work tirelessly to defend their city from threats both mundane and…

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“Ralph Breaks The Internet”...Sort Of…

Six years is a long time in many ways. For technology, it’s practically a century in terms of the innovations that can happen. For cinema, it’s almost as long sometimes, especially where a sequel is concerned. Wait too long, and you run the risk of the original losing relevancy. That’s…

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“Practically perfect in every way” is how the eccentric, magical nanny Mary Poppins is described both the 1964 Disney classic that shares her name and in its sequel, 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns. In both cases, it’s meant to…

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It’s no secret at this point that the DC Extended Universe is on shaky ground. It got off to a seriously rough start, rushed itself to catch up with Marvel, and was too much enamored of Zack Snyder’s particular brand of dark, dumb, nihilistic…

arrow

You know the story by now. A nerdy, unassuming teenager gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. They struggle with their place and identity, finally embracing the responsibility that comes with their powers, and work tirelessly…

arrow

Six years is a long time in many ways. For technology, it’s practically a century in terms of the innovations that can happen. For cinema, it’s almost as long sometimes, especially where a sequel is concerned. Wait too long, and you run…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

Dario Argento’s original Suspiria from 1977 is widely and inarguably considered a classic of the horror genre, a lurid… Read More »

40 years is a long time to wait for a proper sequel, especially for a film as iconic and genre-defining as John Carpenter’s… Read More »

Once upon a time, a major studio decided to make a superhero film. They based the film around a character who had been around… Read More »

It’s probably not surprising that a superhero film about a character who can shrink himself to microscopic size focuses… Read More »

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in the seemingly unstoppable Jurassic Park franchise, couldn’t resemble… Read More »

The opening shots of Hereditary, the debut feature film from writer/director Ari Aster, slowly bring focus onto a meticulously-designed… Read More »

There are few characters in cinema who embody the phrase “lovable rogue” as much as the Star Wars franchise’s… Read More »

There’s a moment about halfway through Deadpool 2 where the film appears to be turning into exactly the kind of tired,… Read More »

This is it. Ten years, 18 movies, and countless end credit scenes leading up to one of the most anticipated and unprecedented… Read More »

The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having… Read More »

Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the… Read More »

The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel,… Read More »

A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the… Read More »

Word of advice for all the people involved in adapting geek properties to the big screen: the words “realistic”… Read More »

At one point during A Wrinkle In Time, the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy… Read More »

There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin… Read More »

There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels… Read More »

Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold… Read More »

There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist.… Read More »

There are bad movies, then there is The Room, the hypnotically and entertainingly incompetent…ahem…”drama”… Read More »

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