A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest and most intense riots in United States history, leading to the federalization of the Michigan National Guard and the involvement of two Airborne Divisons of the United States Army.
After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, you’d think director Kathryn Bigelow would want to make a comedy or a film about ducks, but instead it looks like she’s shining a light on another controversial subject. That’s not a criticism. Hollywood doesn’t take risks with films that might offend or challenge people very often. After tackling the Second Gulf War and the hunt for Osama bin-Laden, Bigelow now highlights a forgotten chapter from one of America’s darkest periods. The phrase “we live in racially charged times” could be applied to literally any decade of American history, but the 1960s were probably the most frightening and volatile. Bigelow highlights the 1967 race riots in Detroit, and the film will vie with The Dark Tower for primacy during the first weekend in August. Starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, and Algee Smith, Detroit opens in theaters August 4, 2017.
Now that we’re 12 films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve got such a large character base that literally anyone can pop up in anyone’s film. The film universe has that connected feeling that Marvel Comics do. The latest entry, Ant-Man, got a surprise cameo from Anthony Mackie (who just owns Falcon) when Scott had to break into the Avengers’ new digs. Not only is it a great fight, but it’s pretty hysterical and will have repercussions for Captain America: Civil War. This film was so much fun.
Halfway through September, this is still the best movie of the year. Cap 2 rises to the standard of great film, because when I try to pick one scene out of it as my favorite, I get deadlocked in roughly an eight-way tie for first. As a lifelong comic and Cap fan I just sat there smiling like the world’s biggest idiot for most of the film, but I believe my idiot smile reached its pinnacle when Cap, Widow and Falcon are just trying to survive against The Winter Soldier. The fight choreography is astounding. The thing Bucky does with the knife….that shouldn’t be possible. I don’t even know if its. I know this movie me made me believe it COULD be. So smart, so funny and so reverent to the characters, this film top s the MCU heap for me and I maybe the best compliment I can give it is I want to get Avengers 2 out of the way so we can get back to this Cap story! (Not really, I need to see both.)
The best film of the year (so far), Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be available everywhere September 9th for the regular version and two weeks prior on August 19th for the digital release. Disney released a press release with bare bones details and cover art. No word yet on a Marvel One-Shot. The last One-Shot, featuring Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin, is going to be a tough act to follow…. Continue reading Captain America The Winter Soldier Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details
Of all the superlatives that I could toss at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I think this is the most fitting: Cap 2 makes you remember why Captain America is the center of the Marvel Universe. Upstaged thus far by Iron Man, Thor and-even-the Hulk, Winter Soldier reminds you why Cap is the MCU’s Superman: it’s core. It also makes him unbelievably cool. Continue reading Movie Review: Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014) *Minor Spoilers*