We don’t usually make a big deal out of new trailers when they drop, but…
… Holy eff! Holy effing ess! Continue reading
by Thom YeeDid you guys know Iron Fist came out? I feel like if I wasn’t actively keeping up with this stuff, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Anyway, Iron Fist is just the latest in Marvel’s series of prestige-format Netflix shows focused on the more human side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began with Daredevil in 2015 before giving us Jessica Jones later that year and Luke Cage just last fall. Though the mandate for the Marvel Netflix shows has been to focus on more grounded stories in the MCU (at least in comparison to the movies), they’ve gradually but definitely moved more and more towards the fantastic. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
The last time we checked in on a Wolverine movie was in 2013’s The Wolverine, a small, self-contained little story where Wolverine travelled to Japan and was charged with the care of the rich heiress and granddaughter of a soldier whose life he saved in World War II that quickly and drastically grew less small and less self-contained when that same soldier wound up betraying Wolverine in a bid to steal his youth-imbuing healing factor. I know that’s a bit more than a spoiler (and a really long and convoluted sentence), but, frankly, eff that movie and its weird Viper-snake-ladies, its ridiculous Silver Samurais, and its jump-right-off-the-rails-of-sanity third act after its much more even-toned first two [acts]. Besides The Wolverine’s bullet train sequence, there is almost no reason to see that movie, at least not in its entirety. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
Magic is one of those things in life that’s hard to define in concrete terms. That’s kind of what makes it magic actually, that it can do almost anything in a way that surprises and delights. Who knows if magic is a part of real life (or what “real life” even means sometimes), but we feel like it is, and maybe that’s enough to make it real. It’s only when you start to pin it down, when you conjure it with words and spells and gestures and avatars, when you start to give it real weight and meaning, develop it into a system, designate its boundaries, and accept it as simply part of everything else going on that it becomes a bit more of a science, something cold and clinical to be broken down and parsed. That’s when it starts to lose whatever it is that made it special and it can almost become laborious. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
It’s been two shows, three seasons, and, really, only about a year and a half since this little Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first started with the adventures of a blind lawyer doing his best (i.e., violence) to clean up Hell’s Kitchen, and in that time a lot has changed in the shared Marvel Universe. Tony Stark’s overzealous efforts to protect the world led to the destruction of a small Eastern European country, Inhumans are (apparently) popping up all over the place, and superhumans have been forced to register with the world’s’ governments and submit to their approval. But you wouldn’t know any of that if you’ve stuck exclusively to the Marvel Netflix shows and their focus on the street-level stories of the MCU, and with Luke Cage, the third and latest of them, things have started to get a little… funky. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
“That looks stupid”, I thought to myself. “A comicbook about a group of people gathered together to kill themselves?” That was my first exposure to the weird little team called Suicide Squad. I didn’t buy it. Not that first time and not even years later after I’d either found out or figured out that the “Suicide” in Suicide Squad referred to the nature of the missions the team went on rather than each team members’ propensity for ending their own lives.
Suicide Squad is one of those rare “big two” (i.e., DC or Marvel) comicbook properties that I’m not very familiar with, probably because its origins lie squarely in the 1980s and almost definitely because it’s a book about bad guys. You see I’m one of those weird eggs that’s never found the bad guys more compelling than the good, and while that might be an odd thing to hear, at least for comicbook kids like me back in the ‘90s, it was only natural. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
Once again we stand here, soon after the release of a version of Batman v Superman, and once again I feel compelled to begin this review by defending its predecessor, Man of Steel, if only for just a little bit. You can skip to the next section if you just don’t want to hear it.
This time, I’d like to start with some of the most common, most consistently held criticisms I’ve heard of Superman, what it is that makes him such an easily outgrown and discarded as a character from the perspective of maturity: Continue reading
by Thom Yee
I don’t know what kids today do after school, what with their STEM programs and their social responsibility and their parents who actually pay attention to them, but back in my day, a lot of us kids took martial arts classes after school, and no matter what our parents may have thought about us getting good exercise or developing a hobby built on a system of discipline, respect, and honour, most of us were only taking those classes for one reason: To beat up other kids.
The thing you have to understand about being a kid in the early ‘90s is that we were coming up only in the afterglow of the truly great action movies of the ‘80s, and so that spirit of almost mindless killing was slowly being eroded while also being finely tempered against the more spiritual elements of what we assumed was the Eastern philosophies of violence as a last resort. For kids who took martial arts, that usually still meant a lot of fighting, just not fighting with the intent to kill. Continue reading