Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranking Phase II

Since the last time I did this list there have been more films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so I saw fit to update that list ahead of the imminent release of the long awaited Avengers: Infinity War. I’ve altered some of the text on the entries that belonged to the previous list where…

Collateral Beauty

A grieving father struggles to cope with the loss of his daughter until he is visited by representations of the universe to help him deal with his grief in David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty. That’s what the marketing of this film wants you to think it’s about and it definitely isn’t about that. I’ve heard a…

War on Everyone

John Michael McDonagh is a director of some previous note. His first work in the big chair, The Guard, took triple its modest $6 million production budget, and his subsequent film, Cavalry, was a critical success, picking up several nominations for its cast and crew, even winning a Best Actor award at the British Independent Film…

The Martian

Ridley Scott’s The Martian adapts the 2011 Andy Weir novel of the same name where a botanist is forced to find a way to survive on the desolate planet after he is left for dead. With the recent announcement of the high possibility of flowing water on Mars, what better time to review this film? I…

Ant-Man

A common discussion among moviegoers is over when the mighty Marvel Studios will release that apparently inevitable misfire that will signal their downward spiral. Whether you subscribe to that belief or not, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man is not that misfire. Ant-Man has had a difficult development. It’s been sitting on a shelf since before the first…

On the Silver Screen – Fury

Fury follows the crew of a Sherman tank of the same name in the final days of World War II after the Germans have been beaten but before they surrendered so our story involves the crew moving from town to town to take them from the Germans before they inevitably surrender. World War II films…