Avengers: Endgame review

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Finally!  Something to avenge!

by Thom Yee

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Avengers:  Endgame images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

I know what it’s like.  To want so desperately not to, but to know it as an inevitability.  Dread it.  Run from it.  But always arriving at the same conclusion:  You hate people.  But don’t worry.  So do I.  And honestly, I think… no, I know that if I had had the chance, I would get rid of half of them too.  At least that many.  Starting with the people who won’t shut up in movie theatres.  Because it’s precisely that type of person, one with no regard for those around them and the injustices they inflict on others, that led to the type of hatred I felt for people while watching Avengers:  Endgame.  I suppose, though, when it comes to something like Endgame, that, like Thanos’ mad scheme to kill half the universe, getting mad at awful people is ultimately little more than a game of numbers — combine the release of one of the most anticipated movies of our age with the longest running time ever for a superhero movie and attending that movie on its very first day of release and of course the odds heavily favour that at least one idiot would have to come to my showing and not be able to keep his mouth shut.  And that he would have friends.  Anticipation + Time + Overstimulation + People = Catastrophe. Continue reading

Shazam! review

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Hmm… more strip club scenes than I was expecting

by Thom Yee

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Shazam! images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

One of the more peculiar things you may have noticed if you’ve paid much attention to Hollywood movies releases is how often two very similarly themed movies come out in the same year, often jammed right up next to each other so closely that you can’t help but take note. It happened with Armageddon and Deep Impact, both about giant meteors on a collision course with the Earth, when they each arrived in 1998; it happened again later that year when DreamWorks’ Antz released little more than a month ahead of Pixar’s A Bug’s Life; it happened with Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige in 2006, a movie that made everyone forget that The Illusionist was also a pretty good movie about magicians that year; and it happened in 2013 when the President was in danger and could only be saved by a snarky action man in both Olympus Has Fallen and White House DownContinue reading