This will be a December long remembered by Star Wars fans, because the end of the Skywalker saga is upon us. With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) not only brings Disney’s new Star Wars trilogy to an epic, exciting, and satisfying close, but manages to thematically weave all nine “Episodes” of the Star Wars franchise into a beautiful and meaningful journey about family, destiny, legacy, and the true meaning of power.
This movie is completely ridiculous—and I loved every minute of it. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Not that I was expecting to dislike it, but I figured it would be the type of movie I’d watch and then largely forget about. I can’t stop thinking about it, though. It’s tons of fun, and the kind of movie I can see myself watching regularly.
I’ve been a fan of the DC Universe animated movies since they began in 2007. They’ve created some fantastic films and told some amazing stories. That being the case, Batman: Hush has a lot to live up to. Does it succeed? Well, it doesn’t quite have the depth, or the quality, of some of the best DC Universe films, but it’s certainly fun and enjoyable.
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.
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.
O golden-tongued action film with serene lute!
Fair plumed T’challa! King of far away! (Wakanda Forever!)
Leave melodizing on this summer day,
Shut up thine director’s commentary, and be mute:
Adieu! for once again the fierce dispute,
Betwixt damnation and impassion'd clay
Must I burn through; once more humbly assay
The bitter-sweet of this Whedonesque fruit.
Thanos! and ye Guardians of the Galaxy,
Begetters of our deep eternal theme,
When through the Marvel Cinematic Universe I am gone,
Let me not wander in a barren dream,
But when I am consumed in the fire,
Give me new some infinity stones and an Iron Man suit
to fly at my desire.
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.