Don’t Leave Yet – Marvel’s Best Post-Credit Scenes

There used to be a time when you’d leave the theater as soon as the credits rolled. Thanks to Marvel, the finality of “The End” is kinda flexible. With post-credit scenes, we get a second ending – a funny insert or a teaser for the next chapter. Marvel didn’t start this trend, but they do it best. There have been 32 MCU post-credit scenes so far. (Infinity War will likely add a couple.) Now that we’re a week out, I’m celebrating the road to Infinity War with all things Marvel. Kicking things off, here are my ten favorite MCU post-credit scenes.  Continue reading

In Defense of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

If there’s any action director we took for granted, it’s Guillermo del Toro. Few recall that he did Hellboy. Even fewer remember Blade II. Admittedly, this is a hard thing to raise hell over especially with his recent Oscar-winning glory, one felt by critics and devoted fans. Del Toro is a critical darling who’s achieved occasional box office success, which is perplexing considering he’s done both the superhero and the summer blockbuster. Of his mainstream films, I can’t think of a more sorely overlooked summer movie than del Toro’s Pacific RimContinue reading

The Strength of ‘Black Panther’

That Black Panther exists is a dream come true. It’s progressive from concept to execution: our first modern black superhero, one supported by a cast of women, and contextualizes discussions of race, exclusionism, and cultural responsibility at a time of profound nationalism and political divide. One could argue that Black Panther would’ve been a success no matter what, but the fact that the film chooses to say something so pivotal about the world is what makes Black Panther Marvel’s strongest movie to date. T’Challa may need his strength taken away to prove his worth, but director Ryan Coogler and his crew flex their strengths as filmmakers to showcase the storytelling wonders of representation.  Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger Award

This month for me has been all about recognition. From acknowledging my influences to recognizing other bloggers, I’ve been in the mood to pay it forward instead of indulging my self-interests. With this Versatile Blogger Award being passed my way courtesy of Oh Hello, Darling, I have an excuse to do both. I’ve been honored with nominations before, but I’ve made a terrible habit of letting them slip by. Maybe this is redemption. Or maybe this is a chance for you to get to know me a little better. Surely, there’s an actual person behind all this movie talk.  Continue reading

Writing About Film – Favorite Film Channels on YouTube

The more I write about film, the more I find myself challenged. There’s only so much a typical movie review can express. Sometimes, you want to dive deeper, or go beyond what’s “good” and what isn’t. Reviews may be the dominant form of film blogging, but I’ve been looking towards essays and the study of film beyond quality – its critique, interpretation, evaluation, etc. (I love reading reviews, I just don’t feel I add much to the conversation anymore). Some of the best essays on film are actually on YouTube. No, I’m not talking about Cinema Sins.  Continue reading