“Diabolical.” What a super, super word.
by Thom Yee
In a lot of ways, the history of our work here at GOO Reviews can be directly mapped against the emergence (and eventual domination) of superhero movies over the last decade. The very first movie review ever written for this site and the very first review ever published on this site was an Avengers review. We’ve reviewed every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and every other major superhero movie released since then, and sometimes it seems like the only thing that keeps us going is superhero movie reviews. We’ve watched and reviewed superhero movies good and bad, waxed lyrical and philosophical over their beauty and place in society, and pontificated on the powerful message and principles they have for us in the world we live in today.
All of which is to say that… we’ve probably wasted a lot of time.
Our time and yours. Continue reading
It’s official, old buddy
by Thom Yee
A lot has been made lately of the diminishing value of star power in Hollywood. Chris Hemsworth, for instance, is a popular actor right now, well-liked, men want to be him and be with him and like that, and yet outside of his Marvel work, movies in which he stars rarely do well, usually underperform, and even fail to achieve their goal of launching new franchises (see: Blackhat, Men in Black: International). Tom Cruise, who, in many respects, could be considered the ultimate movie star working today, rarely has a non-Mission: Impossible movie that’s a full-on hit these days and has even had his own recent failure to launch an intended franchise with the 2017 Mummy remake (remember the Dark Universe)? Movie stars just aren’t what they used to be, generally adding to a movie’s appeal but rarely getting it done on their own (though to be fair, most of those movies I just mentioned were pretty bad [I thought I was completely lost watching Men in Black: International because I couldn’t stay awake, but it turns out it was just poorly written]). There just aren’t that many people in Hollywood who can sell a movie on their name alone.
Quentin Tarantino being the one notable exception. Continue reading