This is a follow-up to my post Blogging Search Terms; or, My Greatest Hits where I used WordPress Search Terms to create a kind of a Q&A. How this basically works is that in some cases, WordPress analytics allows me to see what people searched on google to find this blog. So, below, I’ve compiled a… Continue reading More Greatest Hits: Blogging Search Terms Part 2!
(Previously on “Hollywood Curmudgeons”: Martin Scorsese remarked that Marvel Cinematic Universe films were not true “Cinema,” because they didn’t tell “human” stories, and instead focus on spectacle, but then again, people said the same thing about The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and now that’s regarded as one of the best movies ever.) So there’s this ongoing… Continue reading Is Star Wars Cinema? (Hollywood Curmudgeons, Pt 2)
Older Hollywood directors really seem to enjoy causing a stir with their divisive opinions about what is and isn’t cinema, or what really qualifies a movie experience. Steven Spielberg hates Netflix, Quentin Tarantino hates Netflix, and on a regular basis they’ll both happily tell you about why it’s the worst thing to happen to movies… Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly wasn’t “Cinema” either
I don’t remember exactly how this post started – but the initial idea must have just been wanting to write about the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Avengers: Endgame came out and not specifically knowing what to write about it. But this week, on YouTube I’ve seen a series of video essays called “One Marvelous Scene” by channels… Continue reading Before Endgame: A Marvel Cinematic Universe Retrospective
The world is good, Disney is good! James Gunn has officially been rehired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3! What a time to be alive! It’s crazy to think that Gunn was fired from Vol. 3 in July of last year – it’s been eight months. It feels more recent than that. But what feels like… Continue reading JAMES GUNN REHIRED
This post has SPOILERS for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI but like come on, you’ve seen both of those movies. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@PopCulturedWP) has probably already seen my tweet about this, but with Captain Marvel on the way later this week, I decided it was high time to re-watch Avengers:… Continue reading Looking Back at the Snap in Avengers: Infinity War
As we reach the end of the year, it’s time to look back at achievements in film and television. So without further ado, let’s look back at our People of the Year for 2018. 10. Emily Blunt When I think about versatile performers this year, Emily Blunt is one who definitely stands out. She’s been… Continue reading PCS People of the Year 2018
This post WILL NOT discuss the events at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but that likely wouldn’t be an issue, as the box office numbers seem to suggest that you’ve most likely seen it anyway. On Monday, we learned that it beat the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for biggest opening weekend. On… Continue reading Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?
(No spoilers) The early and middle installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have villains that are considered by many critics to be rather boring. If I list off characters like Iron Monger, Abomination, Whiplash, Malekith, and Ronan the Accuser, you might have difficulty remembering who these characters are or even what movies they’re from. Did… Continue reading Has Marvel Fixed the Marvel Villain Problem? Let’s See
The real heartbreak in a mediocre movie, or a bad movie, or a just okay movie, is seeing the potential that was wasted. Even in the most disappointing movies, there’s usually one thing that you can point at and say, “Wow, this really worked.” So here, I’ve selected a few movies that I think are… Continue reading Great Scenes in Bad/Mediocre/Okay Movies