MCU Superlatives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZIDPVzaPdsIn anticipation for the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I rewatched the entire MCU thus far (minus The

Brief Reviews: January 2022

I began 2022 with a bang, and enjoyed catching up with [much of] the cast and creators of one of my favorite franchises of all time, Harry Potter, with the reunion that was released on January 1st. Instead of writing lengthy reviews for the movies I'm watching, this year I'm going to stick to [mainly] brief reviews, and if I deign to write longer reviews, they'll be on Letterboxd. In January, I watched 37 films -- includes some short films -- most of which were first-time watches.

Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Overall, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a solid solo film that manages to be entertaining, funny, and heartfelt. The emotional core of the movie was the most surprising element for me, and I'm excited to include it in my yearly MCU rewatch, and for Shang-Chi (and Awkwafina's Kate) to appear in future installments. 

Review: Free Guy (2021)

Shawn Levy's Free Guy is yet another film whose release was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- well over a year, in fact. Its star, Ryan Reynolds, has been [seemingly] ceaselessly been promoting the movie on social media since the first trailer was released.

Review: Old (2021)

Old certainly isn't a perfect film -- for one, I was confounded as to choices behind some of the cinematography and random close-ups -- but I found it to be rather entertaining and unique, and a solid entry in M. Night Shymalan film catalogue. 

Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider is more about Croft’s bravery, intelligence, and determination. In her first leading role post-Oscar win (for The Danish Girl), Alicia Vikander shines and her months of training for the role clearly paid off. She is almost too pretty for the role and when she was originally cast, many doubted that she could do it physically (no one doubts her talents as an actor). But she definitely proved everyone wrong.

Review: RBG (2018)

RBG was released just a couple weeks after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War and, even though one is fact and the other is fiction, the two have more in common that one might expect for a documentary and a science-fiction/fantasy epic. They both feature superheroes, the woman at the center of RBG being much more of an unlikely one than the expected ones in Avengers.

Review: Chappaquiddick (2018)

Chappaquiddick may or may not be an accurate representation of what transpired over the course of approximately one week in the late 60’s. While the late Senator Ted Kennedy — known as the “Lion of the Senate” — expressed his guilt over what had happened, he never told us [the American people] what exactly occurred.