While the entire last decade can be described as a transformative (and, in many ways, the golden) age of "geek" media, 2019 holds a special place as the year that will see three of the greatest cinematic pop culture narratives ever to receive their final chapter. No fan can be blamed from harboring huge expectations going into the final episode of Game of Thrones or the end of Star Wars' Skywalker saga; however, the bar has now been set even more incredibly high for the finale of those hugely popular franchises due to the near-perfect final piece in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 22-movie storyline that is Avengers: Endgame.
While there is little concrete news about the future of the Alien franchise in a post-Disney/Fox merger world, the series does currently live on in licensed comic books, video games, and, most notably, an upcoming set of six cinematic shorts being released weekly on IGN, starting this Friday, March 29th, 2019.
The loss of Stan Lee last year hit the nerd community hard, but Captain Marvel is our reminder that his light will live on in those he inspired. The latest entry in Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU) reminds us that there is still a lot to explore.
Reign of the Supermen is my favorite Superman story. The comic book crossover event was used to revitalize the character (both literally and figuratively). Decades later, some of those once-new elements have aged better than others. The really fun part of the animated adaptation is that it again updates things to make it contemporary. At the same time, it knows when to embrace the '90s cheese.
I think that just about every comic book fan alive in 1993 knows where they were when they found out Superman died. I was in a grocery store checkout line, jaw scraping the floor, and wide eyes that wouldn’t go away for weeks. How was it possible that one of the biggest heroes of my childhood could die? It wasn’t like we were talking about Aquaman (who wasn’t so cool back then – poor Aquaman). This was the Man of Steel. Heroes like him just didn’t die.
While Hollywood only just released its LEGO Batman movie in 2017, DC made a direct-to-DVD LEGO Batman movie in 2013 and has been releasing LEGO Justice League films ever since. And while Hollywood’s live-action blockbuster Aquaman movie doesn’t come out until late December, DC has a LEGO Aquaman movie for you right now. Though I haven’t seen the live-action movie yet, I think I can guarantee that you will laugh much harder at this one than at the one with Jason Momoa.
Children and fantasy are intricately woven together throughout the history of the arts. They seem almost inseparable at times, with tales of a child (often lost in some way) finding his or her purpose and direction in life. Usually, they complete their journey with the help of magical creatures, whether the intentions of the creature are malicious or selfless. Timeless tales like these have the ability to bring adults back to a more whimsical – if not more difficult – time of their lives.
Life in Los Angeles isn’t the glamorous spectacle the world imagines it may be. Whether dealing with imposter syndrome during your creative struggles, working an unpredictable Uber shift to pay the bills, or juggling the ups and downs of the dating scene, the average valley dweller (That’s San Fernando Valley for those outside the sunshine state.) is struggling, like everyone else, to find fulfillment, purpose, and true love. Chasing Sunshine, written and directed by Darren Coyle, focuses on Darcy and Jack, two residents of the SFV who band together to solve a mystery and find themselves on a wacky adventure that will change their lives going forward.
Film and TV are saturated with superheroes these days, so it is refreshing when something comes along that is a bit different. Batman Ninja is a welcome, new take on the Batman mythos that brings the Caped Crusader to feudal Japan.