We’re always shown the past – the 70s, 80s, whatever it may – to be full of colorful clothes, freethinking hippies, hypnotic synth music and strip malls. Wonder Woman 1984 felt like none of those things. It has more in common with 2020 than 1984 – started full of hope and ended utterly underwhelming. At its best, it was a middle chapter in a thick novel where nothing happens and the author sidetracks into the details of numerous things that will never make an appearance again that you get through nonetheless because it began so well and you hope the end will be the same. At its worst, it was a DCEU movie. (more…)
It’s been 2 weeks since Endgame was out and it’s currently the number two at the global office just $300 million away from the reigning champ, Avatar. I myself have watched it about 5 times.
Avengers Endgame was, beyond being a movie of spectacular scale, a love letter from Marvel to all its fans and a glorious homage to its history. This post shall be my love letter to Avengers Endgame. (more…)
So the past few posts must have implied how obvious of a fan I am. While I did, unfortunately, end up glancing at few spoilers in parts, I have taken a hiatus from the social media world until I watch Endgame tomorrow when it finally releases in India. I’ve even not viewed most of the trailers or TV spots, barring the first couple or so. Fans have been theorizing what could happen in Endgame since Infinity war a year ago. I couldn’t possibly come up with a new theory that hasn’t been said or debunked already. So what I am going to do is make a list of all my “dream” scenes that I would absolutely love to watch on the big screen tomorrow. Now bear in mind that I have not viewed any of the leaked scenes or spoilers, so things I’m writing about here may have already been rendered impossible or have actually happened and even shown in the promo materials. Maybe I’ll catch up with everything after watching Endgame tomorrow night and figure out for myself on how far away or how close to reality I really was. (more…)
After phase one and phase two, I am very interested in how exactly Marvel is planning to bring the story to a close in Endgame because, in the current state of the MCU, it is practically impossible to have a truly standalone movie without the other heroes butting in. Movies like Civil War and Homecoming fully embraced it, CW became pretty much an Avengers 2.5 while every aspect of Homecoming from the villain’s origin to the hero’s journey directly stems from events in the MCU’s past. Then there are movies like Dr.Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel which found workarounds like time lags or secret kingdoms to justify being standalone, origin stories. It almost feels like the MCU’s bubble is close to its bursting point and Endgame absolutely must end some of the existing arcs and sort of “reset” the MCU so that future characters have enough space to grow on their own terms. (more…)
Kevin Feige said that all the phase one movies happened over the course of a few weeks and eventually led to the Avengers and that was perfect because it allowed the movies to completely stand on their own without neckbeards raising questions like “Where was that hero when this hero was in trouble?” and so on. Phase one puts that freedom to excellent use and only hints at the greater universe in short nods and background detail. Each movie is very different and very much standalone. Phase 2 continues that but then the lines are definitely starting to get blurred. (more…)
I was extremely sure when I began this blog that I would lose interest and give up in a couple of weeks as I usually do with most things that I don’t “have” to do. Here we are three years later and this is my 96th post. I am awfully sentimental – of people, places, things – this blog is no different, so I can’t shake off this nagging feeling to make the 100th post something poignant and special. I’ve promised way too many people that it’d be about them and clearly can’t fulfil all of them. For all the people I disappointed, from the bottom of my heart, I’d like to say, “My bad.” People have a tendency to change, or worse, leave. I don’t want to look back on this post down the line and feel the wrong kind of nostalgia. You know who will always love you back just the same? The Avengers. Can’t possibly go wrong with that choice. (more…)
4,751 views with 2,709 visitors and 69 posts (a happy accident) later, here we are bidding goodbye to 2018.
Mandatory Exposition I
In 1972, Mankind launched the Pioneer 10 space probe into outer space with a message, should any intelligent extraterrestrials come into contact with it. Pioneer 11 followed the next year. More sophisticated records with audio and visual data were sent later in 1977 aboard the Voyager probes. We had already been broadcasting radio signals into the abyss starting from 1962 with a Morse code message to Venus and countless more sophisticated messages into deep space towards probable planetary systems. The signals range from rudimentary ‘Hello’s to intricate data about our DNA and location, a craigslist listing for apartments, a deep space communication FAQ list, sounds of vaginal contractions and a Doritos advert.
“We are ready for you, Arnim.”
Sherlock Holmes II (1908), part of a Danish silent series, is regarded to be the very first full-length ‘sequel’ movie ever in the history of cinema. Given most silent films of the era are considered to be ‘lost’, it is quite difficult to know with absolute certainty, but there seems to be at most one or two ‘sequels’ each year since then. ‘The Fall of a nation’ in 1916 is often touted to be the first Hollywood sequel. They wouldn’t really catch on until the 1970s and 80s when movies like Superman and Godzilla proved to be very profitable for franchising. Today one can barely find a movie that is not a sequel, remake, reboot or spin-off of something else.
Stay with me till the end, it gets interesting.