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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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“Suspiria 2018”: An Embarrassment of Witches

Dario Argento’s original Suspiria from 1977 is widely and inarguably considered a classic of the horror genre, a lurid operetta of oversaturated color, creative death scenes, and nightmarish logic. It’s an unsettling waking dream that’s part personal impressionist painting, part universal…

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“Halloween 2018”: The Final Girl Strikes…

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 1978 slasher film Halloween. And when I say “proper”, I mean a sequel that respects the original, improves upon it organically, and doesn’t feel like a cheap…

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“Venom”: Hey, Remember Catwoman?

Once upon a time, a major studio decided to make a superhero film. They based the film around a character who had been around for decades and had started as a villain but had since become an antihero. The character was part of another superhero’s universe and had already appeared in a film starring…

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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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Dario Argento’s original Suspiria from 1977 is widely and inarguably considered a classic of the horror genre, a lurid operetta of oversaturated color, creative death scenes, and nightmarish logic. It’s an unsettling waking dream that’s…

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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 1978 slasher film Halloween. And when I say “proper”, I mean a sequel that respects the original, improves…

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Once upon a time, a major studio decided to make a superhero film. They based the film around a character who had been around for decades and had started as a villain but had since become an antihero. The character was part of another superhero’s…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

There’s about half of a fantastic movie hidden within the frames of Justice League, DC Films’ first successful… Read More »

The formula used to create films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th entry, is a double-edged… Read More »

How do you a make a sequel to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time? The presence of 1982’s… Read More »

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