Author: Hayden Mears

Deadbeat Revisits: ‘X-Men: First Class’

To this day, X-Men: First Class remains a critical darling and a commercial disappointment. The film’s total domestic gross, coupled with its immediate dismissal by the general public, indicates a lack of interest in the X-Men property as well as in the smaller budget feel. While the film made over $300 million worldwide from a $160 million budget, it’s the lowest-grossing X-Men outing. The reason for this is no secret, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing. X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has a history with these characters, having directed X-Men and X-2 in the...

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The Flubs Of Our Fathers: The Daddy Issues and Traditions of ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther is out now on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital. I’ll put a spoiler alert just in case you haven’t seen it, but only reluctantly.  Our reverence for tradition bears some conceptual resemblance to the saying, “Old habits die hard.” Tradition helps us structure our daily lives just as much as it helps us celebrate our cultural values. That being said, there’s also merit in upending old traditions and establishing newer, better ones. A recent custom we’ve adopted here in the United States has been to bash superhero films as art forms, labeling them “silly adventures” that do little...

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‘Ragnarok’ Revisited: Why The Third Thor Flick Is A Dud

Taika Waititi wasn’t the wrong man for Thor: Ragnarok. He’s a formidable filmmaker with all the makings of an auteur, and most of his work reflects that. However, his “quirky” aversion to convention isn’t charming or even really that different within the superhero genre, especially considering the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy perfected a similar “superhero comedy” approach three years ago. His style is best fitted for indie comedies, sure, but shit rains from farther up the ladder here. That being said, Marvel Studios architect Kevin Feige has definitely mismanaged projects in the past, but he still stands...

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