‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Review – Sam Raimi’s Back, Baby!

The thing about Sam Raimi is that he was once a magician.

Over his indelible career, Raimi’s garnered a reputation as a horror director, a Three Stooges-slapstick connoisseur, and the guy who brought Spider-Man to the big screen. He’s got the director origin story of many a renowned filmmaker from Steven Spielberg to J.J. Abrams – grabbing ahold of his parent’s 8mm camera and making movies with family and friends. But there’s another alter-ego hidden in his backstory that I think puts everything into perspective: lil Sam Raimi used to perform magic tricks at kid’s birthday parties.

Raimi might’ve been a Spider-Man dork throughout his childhood, but he was secretly perfect for a Doctor Strange movie one day.

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‘Spider-Man’ – When Sam Raimi Cracked the Modern Superhero Formula

I didn’t know who Sam Raimi was at 10-years-old, but I knew Spider-Man. The animated series was part of my Saturday morning ritual as a kid. And like every kid in 2002, I was stoked for the live-action Spider-Man.

I was a Batman fan my whole life. But after Spider-Man’s dazzling and high-flying cut to black – which gave my scrawny kid body such a weightless sensation that I thought was only possible on roller coasters – I was convinced I’d get a Spider-Man tattoo. I didn’t, sadly, but I’d become a fan of Raimi’s iteration of the web crawler forever.

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Review – A Thrilling Martial Arts Odyssey

How the hell do you introduce a new superhero this far into the Marvel game? This is something the MCU has to contend with as the roster gets bigger, and Shang-Chi is the newest member post-Endgame. For one, you stack the right talent: director Destin Daniel Cretton at the helm, a storied action cinematographer in Bill Pope, the late Brad Allan as fight choreographer, along with a dizzying who’s who of a predominantly Asian cast. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may be burdened with the standard grooves of an origin story, but it blazes past the stumbling block to the tune of a martial arts action romp.

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