Simply put, Richard Linklater is one of the best American filmmakers working today. He may not direct blockbusters, and his films (as of late) may be more suited for the art/festival-friendly audience, but it’s not who watches them that makes him compelling. What makes him such a spellbinding artist is how he naturally uses the medium of cinema to create engaging, humanist pieces of art like no other, and his latest endeavor, Everybody Wants Some!!, is further evidence of his skill and vision.
With Spidey to make his MCU Debut in Civil War (out in Europe today, stateside in a week) and the knowledge that his first MCU solo film will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming, I felt it was time to sit down and pull together my top five list of Spidey villains along with story arcs that would potentially make sense given the info available. I won’t call myself a Spider-Man expert but I am definitely a Spidey fanboy. I mean, I’ve got the shoes and everything!
Seriously, Spider-Man, to me, is the best comic book character out there. And it all boils down to his identity: Peter Parker. I’ve always appreciated how he works so hard to try to not only be the hero as Spider-Man, but to be Peter Parker – student, friend, nephew, normal guy. Despite his awkwardness, financial deficiencies, and his feelings of anger and inadequacy, he always makes the tough/right decision. Also, being a younger hero, he brings an untainted perspective to the table that provides a stark contrast to those around him. Borderline naivete, it brings to the Avengers a more human/real-person view. He also has the corniest humor which is really the icing on the cake for me. Continue reading
The fact that Disney is developing live-action adaptations of their animated features may smack of desperation and a lack of originality, but honestly, if said films turn out to be like The Jungle Book, there just may be some worthwhile merit in that plan.
My favorite time of year is upon us. The NBA Playoffs start today and so many questions are out there to be answered: Will the Warriors continue their year of dominance? Can LeBron finally “win one for the ‘Land?” Is this KD and Russ’s last stand? In a year where the conferences are top heavy, will there be any reason to watch any first round games? Starting with the Western Conference, here are my predictions for the first round, the Playoffs overall, and some thoughts on this year’s postseason. Continue reading
April 13, 2016 was the best night of basketball of my life. I’ll need to write that down. As a fan of the NBA and the game of basketball in general, this was probably the most compelling evening of the sport that I had ever seen. I’ve been watching since I was five years old – I’ve seen MJ live! – but the evening of April 13 was a beautiful representation of what the NBA has evolved into over the last few decades.
While the film’s title will likely be what intrigues casual moviegoers, it’s certainly not what will make them hold their breaths and grip the edge of their seats.