This weekend, in anticipation of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I returned to a favorite tradition of mine – marathoning old movies before I see the new one! The size of the Marvel Cinematic Universe means the last time I watched every movie was my marathon for Avengers: Endgame. Now, saner (and healthier!) parts have prevailed. Instead of ruining my life by trying to watch the twenty-eight different films and nineteen different TV series with thirty-six seasons between them that make up the MCU (at the time of this writing), I’ve just chosen to watch Doctor Strange (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), WandaVision (2021), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Rewatching Doctor Strange a question struck me: whatever happened to Dr. Christine Palmer?
The blog’s been extra quiet lately as I’ve been writing my book (ahhhhh! yay!) but I decided to give myself a night off from book work tonight. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. I could read for pleasure. I could enjoy watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and then go to bed early. I could spend the whole night with the Doctor. All of those would be excellent uses of my night. However, instead, I’m using it to vent a little frustration. You see, Ghostbusters is one of my all-time favorite movies and one of my all-time favorite storytelling universes so when I recently read Jason Reitman’s plans for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 I had FEELINGS. As is so often the case, this piece was born in a conversation I had with Jeffrey (of The Imperial Talker). The title of the piece – Nostalgia is going to kill us – was his exact quote when I told him of the sequel story. I couldn’t agree more so I was super excited when he said I could nick his observation for this piece. Shall we dive in? Are you ready? Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh…let’s go.
Making a sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) is tricky. Ghostbusters is one of few perfect movies. Everything about it works! It was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was five-years-old and it still is now at thirty-nine. Already a fan of the cartoon show, my world was forever changed when my uncle gave us a VHS tape on which he’d recorded a Ghostbusters movie with real people in it from HBO. I was a little thrown (at first) as they looked different and I am 99.99% sure it was what scarred me and made me scared of dogs all through my youth (as they constantly refer to the demonic forms of Zuul and Vinz Clortho as “dogs”) but none of that really mattered. It was love at first viewing and it’s the only movie from my youth I still watch multiple times a year. It spawned three sequels – Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), and the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). One I loved! One disappointed me. And one was a straight up traumatic experience. With thoughts of Ghostbusters: Afterlife fresh in my mind, I felt it’d be fun to discuss which is which!
It’s that time of year again. It’s time for me to add stress and pressure to my life by trying to wrap all daily obligations around a now TWENTY-ONE FILM movie marathon before seeing the twenty-second entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. Last year I said the MCU was getting too large for this. I can’t marathon their entire catalogue three times a year with each new entry. But I also admitted I’d have to do this at least once more because Avengers: Endgame is the closing chapter of the MCU’s first generation. If I marathoned it all for Avengers: Infinity War, then I had to for Avengers: Endgame. I figured I’d discuss my preferred viewing order now too. Why is it the best? Um, well it’s the one I’ve chosen for myself and why wouldn’t I pick what I like best for myself? Do you agree, dear reader? Well, there’s only one way to find out…read on and let’s get our Mighty Marvel Movie Marathon on together! Continue reading
The brilliant new podcast Pods & Ends – “the junk drawer of pop culture” – asked me to write a piece for them about Spider-Man movies. Hot dog! I excitedly agreed and I think you should excitedly read this. In the post, I reflect nostaligically on everything from this Spidey movie whose name I cannot find no matter how hard I try from the ’80s up to and including the MIND-BLOWINGLY AMAZING Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I was honored to write for this great show and would love you to check it out.
In honor of Oscar weekend, a few days ago I posted a piece about the nine films nominated for Best Picture 2018. I’ve seen them all this year (woo!) and offered my thoughts on each film, leading to my prediction of the winner as well as my favorite film and the one I want to win Best Picture. Today I’m looking back at the movies I personally saw at the theatres last year – presented in the order I saw them (with multiple viewing dates when appropriate) – and offering up my Best Picture nominees. If I was in charge of the Academy Awards, who would get the Best Picture trophy? And how does my list match up to Oscar’s? Well, let’s take a look and find out! Continue reading
Well, this was a year I did it. I managed to see all nine films nominated for “Best Picture” at this year’s Academy Awards! I thought it might be fun, as it’s Oscar Week and all, to do a little post with my thoughts on each of the nine Best Picture nominees. Below you’ll find a little paragraph about each film, written in the order I saw them, all leading up to the film I think should win the Oscar for Best Picture this year. What’s my choice?? Let’s get to it! Continue reading
Well, The Last Jedi FINALLY comes out today. So let’s discuss what’s on everyone’s mind…the Avengers: Infinity War trailer! Woo! A few weeks ago we got our very first look at the massive MCU crossover that’s been (depending on how you look at it) ten years (going from Iron Man) or six years in the making (going from The Avengers). The Avengers! The Guardians of the Galaxy! The nation of Wakanda! Everyone’s ready to go to war with the mad titan Thanos as he seeks the transcendental power of God. YIKES. With the trailer in mind, I sat down to re-read Jim Starlin and Ron Lim’s original Infinity War series from 1992 the other night, wondering what light it could shed on the impending cinematic epic. Continue reading
With Avengers: Infinity War approaching, much geeky speculation has centered around who will survive. Practically, we know contracts are expiring. Narratively, we know for Thanos to be the monstrous villain he’s been presented as, not everyone can make it out alive. If this line of logic isn’t enough to assure us some of our beloved Avengers won’t make it, Kevin Feige literally told Joblo’s Eric Walkuski that Avengers: Infinity War will mark the end for some characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, here’s my AMAZING DREAM (and, if I’m being honest, kick ass perfect idea) that I’ve no reason to believe will come to pass – I would love to see Natalie Portman pick up Mjölnir and have Jane Foster become Thor in the MCU! Continue reading
As summer turns to fall, I have to go back to work. I’ll pause for a moment to let everyone who’s not a teacher feel bad for me. Yep, that’s right; those two glorious months off are over and soon I’ll be back to late nights writing lesson plans and grading alongside days spent “shaping the future” and whatnot. Fall also means the arrival of Oscar Season, where all the tear-inducing, emotionally heavy, dramatic masterpieces begin to push the summer comedies and blockbuster extravaganzas out of the theatres as they attempt to earn a coveted Academy Award nomination. As a lover of all genres of movies, I’ve always looked forward to Oscar Season. Continue reading