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From the Vault: Something Strange, And It Don’t Look Good

Cards on the table time: When I first heard “Ghostbusters reboot” I cringed. Very hard.

The original movie (and even its sequel) are fond childhood memories: I remember the first movie playing on television when I was very, very small, and hiding my face behind my Ultra Magnus figure. Given the results of reboots of various other 80s-90s properties such as Transformers,Ninja Turtles, and the like, its chances were not good. Transformers is remembered more for Megan Fox, amateur gynecological exams with cinema cameras, humping dogs, and making me hate Shia Lebouf. Ninja Turtles is remembered for those nightmarish faces, a Shredder wearing a cutlery set, and more Megan Fox. Given that history, Ghostbusters couldn’t possibly be good.

I cringed again when I heard “all female cast...

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From the Vault: The Finest Redemption Story in Superhero Movies

My first attempt at watching Deadpool did not go so well. It had nothing to do with the movie; that, without going into too much detail too early, was really quite good. No, it was the case of grinding stomach cramps that started about halfway through the film, followed by my car not starting after the movie, capped off with nearly a week of gastroenteritis that put a damper on the evening. So I did all of you, my faithful readers, a favour and went to see it again. In IMAX. I swear, the things I do for you lot…
I’ve been aware of Deadpool for a very long time...
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From the Vault: What a Week, Am I Right?

I’m turning off the nerd reviews and social criticism criticism for a few minutes here, everyone. I had a piece that I was going to do on class and money privilege being the overriding factor in most situations, and had a great example of it, but that’s… that’s not happening this week. This week we reflect and remember.

They say death visits us in threes, and it’s always three beloved figures of pop culture that are taken from us at a time. Granted, that’s merely a superstition at best, and I try my hardest to stay away from superstition, but this week it feels more real than ever. Within the space of a little over two weeks, Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman were taken from us by cancer, and it hardly feels real to write that.

To say that these men had a good run is an under...

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

There’s a reason Batman comes first in the title of this movie, and it’s not just because Batman is undoubtedly cooler. This is very much a Batman movie with a heaping helping of Superman. Now I’ll keep this review free of major spoilers, but of course if you are keen to go into this one totally clean, maybe jump out now.

Okay, now that they’ve gone, I’ll get on with it. After being treated to what I can only refer to as a Snyderesque opening credits sequence showing the Batman origin story in hyper-slow-mo, We are immediately reminded of the climactic events of Man of Steel. This time we see them from the perspective of Bruce Wayne, who races through Metropolis to save a building full of employees. Anyone who’s seen the footage released so far knows how this turns out...

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Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life

I have to start by saying that I’m only a mid-level Deadpool fan. I read some of the books, I played the video game (which is a great game with a terrible story, for the record), and I really love his team-ups with Spider-man and Daredevil. But I’m not a huge fan.

That said, I felt pretty excited going in to thi...

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