It is very rare that a sequel can be better than the first film. For a vast majority of movie goers are The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek: First Contact, and Toy Story 2 were among the few to be considered superior to their respective predecessors. Sequels are tricky business. On the one hand, you have to stay true to the world you have established, stray too far from the formula that made the first film so good and you alienate our fans. On the other hand, unless you are going to build on the world, and challenge your heroes, there’s no point in doing it. No one wants a rehash of the same movie.
Enter The Dark Knight. In 2005, director Christopher Nolan had already reignited the
The Dark Knight
Batman franchise by reexamining Batman’s origin story in Batman Begins. That film was an instant hit with me, and as a life-long fan of the character, I loved seeing lesser known rogues like the Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul get their time in the sun. Both villains reflect a darker image of the Batman (Scarecrow like Batman uses fear as a weapon while Ra’s shares Batman’s passion for eradicating crime) and make for the best foes to launch the series.
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They have been called the “Greatest Generation” and for good reason. Few, especially those in my day, would probably be willing to do what they did on that infamous day back in June of 1944. For decades their valor was glamorized and their exploits praised. They, and those who came before them in World War I, were of a generation that did not talk about what they faced. There was glory to be had in battle and dying for ones country. However, those who served knew differently, and it took the talent of the son of one World War II veteran to bring it to life.
Saving Private Ryan
Back in 1998, the ink had already settled on crowning Titanic as a box office smash, and it was only a matter of time before the next juggernaut. To the surprise of many, one of the most anticipated films was not Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, or Lost in Space. Steven Spielberg had a new movie coming out that was generating buzz critically and commercially, and this was despite its R Rating. The film, Saving Private Ryan was a World War II drama about a battalion that goes in search of a young private that went missing in action after one of his last brothers was killed on D-Day.
So, here we are. It’s that time of year again. The school year is drawing to a close and that means graduation season is upon us. It’s the time when we love to give students advice, with the likes of Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman and other literary titans. Apart from these Bartlet’s quotes, there’s also a few basic bits of advice every high school and college senior hears not only from friends and relatives but at commencement.
Let’s face it. We’ve all heard these phrases so many times and seen them attached to so many generic motivational posters that they’ve lost their impact .Well, what if there was an immensely popular character from film, television, and literature to help illustrate what these classic axioms mean? Who could this character be?
Well, its none other than that lovable Collusus Florus known as Groot. He was so kind to
I am Groot.
take time out of his busy schedule to come and talk with us.
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Avengers: Infinity War has been released, and to paraphrase Mantis, one of the film’s heroines, “it has been kicking names and taking butts” as it broke a number of box office records as the film has delivered on being the most unprecedented crossover event in film history. Earlier in the year Black Panther was heralded as a “game changer”, while the D-list superhero team the Guardians of the Galaxy has become a household name. Even Ant-Man has gained a level of cool thanks to his movie. Yet none of this would have been possible had the ground work for the universe had been laid down by another one very important superhero film known only as Iron Man.
It may not seem like it now as the character has become a household name, but Iron Man
was just as risky a gamble for the newly formed Marvel studios as the likes of Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Panther had been deemed. In fact, prior to Ol ‘Shell head, the only Marvel properties that had been huge hits at the box office were Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man. Further, when the summer of 2008 already had a highly anticipated superhero film looming in July in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Iron Man seemed like a long shot.