Category Archives: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Josh Brolin’s 10 Best Movies

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin, son of the veteran actor James Brolin, has been following in his father’s footsteps since he first appeared in Goonies over 30 years ago. Brolin has matured into one of the most reliable character actors in Hollywood (even though that character is usually some variation on either an oily creep or an affable modern cowboy, he still manages to make either one work very very well). Brolin has been part of extremely talented ensembles in memorable films like Sicario, Only the Brave, American Gangster, and In the Valley of Elah. A favorite of the Coen Brothers in films like Hail Caesar!, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit, Brolin is capping one of the more memorable summers in recent memories with three big sequels in less than two months. The most memorable film moment so far in 2018 was Brolin’s in Avengers: Infinity War as his uber-MCU villain Thanos’s “Snap Heard Across the Universe” still has comic fans breathing into paper bags.

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Avengers: Infinity War Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War
Arriving just in time to help everyone forget how unfortunate Ant-Man and the Wasp was (yeah…not sure if I’m going to write a review…I may have reached saturation point with reviewing movies that bitterly disappoint me…it WAS that bad, yes) here comes Marvel’s second of two 2018 triumphs: Infinity War on 4K and Blu Ray.  Earlier this month, it was rumored that we’d be getting 30 extra minutes of Thanos on the blu ray.  The actual blu ray falls short of that by 26 minutes.  There are a number of featurettes, deleted scenes, and a 2.5 hour commentary from the Russo Brothers to satisfy fans.  I imagine, after next year’s Avengers 4, that we’ll get some kind of double-dip release with extras beyond this for completionists, but since Marvel has never really excelled at doing more than the minimum for home video I wouldn’t wait.  Details below from Disney’s press release.  You can have Thanos at home in three weeks.  SNAP!

Marvel Studios and Disney Home Entertainment have officially announced the details for the digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K release of Avengers: Infinity War. The cinematic event ten-years in the making comes home digitally on July 31 and blu-ray on August 14 with over two hours of bonus.  Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Paul Rudd’s 10 Best Movies

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is a freakishly affable human being. There are actors whose sheer talent makes all things possible for them. Rudd has built an entire comedic legacy out of being possibly the most likable person alive. Working in TV and Movies since his early twenties, dRudd has an extremely impressive resume of comedy hits in an era that has not been known for producing reliable laughs. Rudd managed to become the unofficial “seventh friend”, marrying Lisa Kudrow’s character in the final two seasons of Friends. His film career took off after the success of 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Rudd is one of Judd Apatow’s favorite actors, teaming with the director for The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Adding size-changing to likability, Rudd picked up another superpower when he joined the MCU as Ant-Man in 2015.

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In Theaters This Week (7/6/2018): Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge

The First Purge
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week welcomes the MCU back to theaters for the final time in 2018.
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My Favorite Scene: Black Panther (2018) “Black Panther vs. Killmonger”

A very valid criticism of the MCU before Phase Three was that it has spent its time on its heroes to the detriment of its villains.  It’s a testament to how well-cast and developed the heroes have been because a lot of Marvel’s villains have been forgettable at best.  Beginning with Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, you began to see three-dimensional baddies, building to Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger in Black Panther.  The best villains are convinced they’re right in what they’re doing and are either charismatic enough to convince the audience that they are justified in their actions or have legitimate points that they’ve taken to unacceptable extremes.  Killmonger forces T’Challa out of his comfort zone and makes him face uncomfortable truths about the past of his family and the policies of his country.  He’s lethal, driven, but also completely understandable and sympathetic.

Halfway through 2018, Black Panther is probably still the best film of the year-to-date.  2018 has been jammed full of unwarranted sequels and anemic remakes.  This is, in all likelihood, the worst year for film in my lifetime.  Without the MCU, I can’t even imagine how sick I’d be of the theater.  Issue #20 releases this weekend with Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it can’t arrive soon enough.  Marvel’s success this year has been astounding.  The last two MCU films (Black Panther & Avengers: Infinity War) are the #3 and #4 highest grossing films of all-time in the US.  That’s a staggering achievement and testimony to how trusted the quality of the MCU has become in a time where even the most reliable franchises have started to sputter out.

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