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Reel Snippets of 7-16-18

Boy, this one took a long time to make. Still, it’s a relief to finally review something I was looking forward to. Now I just have to look forward to the long drought until Captain Marvel graces us in March.

Oh yeah, see you all at San Diego Comic Con!

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Reel Snippets of 5-10-18

Welp, hope the wait was worth it. Despite its short length, I thought good and hard about this Snippet because this movie stayed with me for a while. Since I can’t go back in time to fix my late deadlines, you can be sure that I’ll… avenge them.

…did you see what I did there?

Avengers: Infinity War

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Reel Snippets of 2-26-18

Feels like a long time since I’ve posted something on Monday like I’m supposed to, huh? Well, let’s bring it back to form with the theme of colors, specifically black… and grey.

Black Panther
Fifty Shades Freed

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Reel Snippets of 11-23-17

Happy Thanksgiving, my American readers! Those with families better not be leaving all the cooking to one person. But while you’re letting your pies cool or having downtime while your turkey’s in the oven, feel free to check out my review of Thor: Ragnarok. Fear not, Justice League will come in the next few days.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Reel Snippets of 10-31-17

Happy Halloween!

Since I’ve fully recovered from a rather debilitating sickness and also watched my amazing cousin get bat mitzmahed, I figure the spookiest time of the year’s a good time to finally catch up on the reviews I’ve been sitting on. Here’s Blade Runner 2049 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, for your reading pleasure. Remember, winners don’t procrastinate… for long.

Blade Runner 2049
Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Reel Snippets of 5-15-17

Wow… it’s been WAY too long. Naturally, I have a lot of catching up to do. But I know what you’ve all really been waiting for…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Oh, and here are the films I’ve been sitting on for a while. Now that I’ve got a bit of a rhythm with my job, I’m hoping to be more consistent with my releases.

The Circle
Jesus, Bro!
Power Rangers

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Reel Snippets of 11-8-16

Here we are, the end to one of the worst elections in modern history. Your social media feeds are probably flooded with politics (some of it mine) and are probably sick of it all. So let’s take a seat and enjoy the fruits of Marvel’s most recent and experimental film to date.

Doctor Strange


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Reel Snippets of 5-9-16

After two awful religious movies in a row, my first MCU dose of the year is welcome. But is this the next Winter Soldier or the next Iron Man 2?

Captain America: Civil War


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Reel Snippets of 7-20-15

Happy Anniversary to Apollo 11’s successful landing on the moon! Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong redefined the boundaries of what is possible that day and I say keep honoring that success. Alexander the Great was also born today, but history’s not my favorite subject. Today, though, I come bearing new Reel Snippets featuring Amy Winehouse and Marvel’s newest silver screen superhero. Have fun.




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Reel Snippet – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a remarkably fun film. It’s not as good as the first, but that’s hardly surprising; the first Avengers broke new ground by proving that a shared cinematic universe could work and now that we know it does work, the same thing doesn’t feel as fresh. But same isn’t always bad and this movie definitely had a lot to offer.

The movie’s biggest strength is the titular villain through and through. I don’t know if he’s as good as Loki. I mean, he doesn’t have anything nearly as quotable as, “I am Loki of Asgard and I am burdened with glorious purpose.” Still, he balances pure terror with a comedic edge that I found refreshing and certainly gives him his own identity. James Spader of Blacklist fame provides a great menacing voice that gives Ultron the right amount of gravitas that we love to see from any good super villain. I love everything about this guy right down to his animation where I was absolutely enthralled by the fact that he was allowed some form of facial expression.

The returning cast is in top form and there are some unexpected cameos from other movies that make the world feel fuller. However, it’s the newcomers, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (a.k.a. The Twins), who are held under a lot of scrutiny because of the rather unique dual ownership rights case concerning their characters. Quicksilver in particular has a tough act to follow after his namesake stole the show in X-Men: Days of Future Past and while he isn’t as awesome here, he feels a lot more real than his twin at Fox and I can certainly appreciate that. Scarlet Witch is certainly good too, though her powers may confuse a lot of people when they’re explained. There was a scene in the beginning when she was sneaking up on Iron Man and she moved in a disjointed, disturbing way like something out of The Ring or The Grudge; I thought that was really creative and I was disappointed that they didn’t go anywhere with it. I also like the fact that they were given accents, as they were raised in Europe in the comics and I always find it odd when adaptations make them speak like Americans.

The film isn’t without its faults, though. I personally thought the scene during the credits was particularly weak, just telling us stuff that we already learned from the end of Avengers: Thanos exists and he plans to wreck your s***. The score is also weaker in this installment. Gone is Alan Silvestri in favor of Danny Elfman and wishing no offense to the man, he doesn’t capture the heroic and victorious qualities that the music needs. I also felt that the HYDRA villains in the beginning were a weak link, like some of them were trying to deliver funny quips and whether by awkward delivery or subpar acting, it kind of fell flat.

But a little bit of bad doesn’t erase all the good. For every one thing the movie gets wrong, it gets about fifteen to twenty things right. There’s a nice callback to the Agent Carter miniseries and a bit of groundwork laid for the upcoming Black Panther movie, but also some much needed development for Hawkeye, who seems to have gone from being a second stringer with a bow to a bit of a fan favorite. The debut of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor and the fight against the Hulk that ensues from it is one of the standout scenes, as it shows a lot more creativity than just two giants slugging each other. Also, I can’t help but impress on the fact that the movie actually allowed the heroes to balance a battle of epic destruction with them actually diverting their attention to saving people from the destruction they caused. It felt like the most subtle jab at Man of Steel ever and I loved it. While not the masterpiece that its predecessor or Winter Soldier was, it still was some quality storytelling with some great humor and acting and altogether an excellent piece of filmmaking.

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