Category Archives: Weekly Recap
Marvel’s Black Panther is shredding box office records this weekend. The movie is performing like a summer blockbuster in the traditionally slow month of February. That bodes well for Panther‘s long-term prospects since it is unlikely to face any real competition in the coming weeks. Additionally, Ryan Coogler’s superhero epic is a damn good movie. Arguably, the best Marvel movie yet and undoubtedly the most complex. Fans are going to want to revisit the fictional world of Wakanda both for the amazing visuals on the screen and the complicated ethical questions the movie poses. Black Panther has a lot to say about the world we live in, but it never gets preachy nor does it offer easy answers. Better still, it works on the level of a butt-kicking superhero adventure and hero’s quest should you be in the mood for pure escapism. As the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther needed to find a way to differentiate itself from the movies that preceded it. And it does while also remaining a piece with the overall fabric of the Marvel franchise. Really, truly, Black Panther is a remarkable achievement.
To celebrate the release of Black Panther, I updated my Worst to First ranking of all the Marvel movies to date. But there was a lot more than just superheroes at the site this week. What did you miss? Let’s recap and find out.
Readers have crowned the latest bracket game winner. Let’s all raise a White Russian to Movies of 1998 Champion, The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers’ comedy beat out Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s crime caper, Out of Sight, to enter the ranks of the Reader’s Hall of Fame. The Big Lebowski is the second Coen brothers’ movie to be so honored following Movies of 1996 Champion, Fargo.
Attentive readers may have noticed we skipped the recap last Sunday. I was a bit behind schedule which means today’s article will be a double sized recap covering the last two weeks. Let’s dive right in and see what you may have missed.
As January comes to a close the focus of the site shifts from our annual bracket games to Awards Season. This was a transitional week as the Oscar nominees were announced and the Movies of 1998 Bracket Game reached its midway point. Optimus Prime was snubbed by the Academy once again this year, but last summer’s robot-smashing would-be blockbuster, Tranformers: The Last Knight, did lead the list of nominees at this year’s Golden Raspberries. Between awards ceremonies, celebrity birthdays and nostalgic contests, there was a lot to keep up with her at the blog. Just in case you missed anything, here is your weekly recap. It also turns into a car.
It’s bracket game season! This week, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? joined our Nostalgia Hall of Fame as readers selected the animated feature as their favorite movie of 1988. It was an outcome I don’t think most of us saw coming. My initial pick to win it all was Die Hard. In fact, I was so confident of a Die Hard victory that I was kind of bummed that this year’s game would end so predictably. But the genre-defining action movie got knocked out in the semi-finals. There were a few other movies I thought had an outside shot. Roger Rabbit was among the dark horse contenders. I’d have been genuinely shocked if Working Girl or Twins had won. The message, of course, is that you never know for sure which way readers will go and the only way to shape the outcome is to come back and cast your vote every day.
We’ve got another bracket game going on celebrating the movies of 1998. Let’s take a look at what else you may have missed.
Detective John McClane has been in some tough spots before. But in this week’s Movies of 1988 bracket game, he finally found a situation he couldn’t yippee-kai-yay his way out of. Proving once again that I am lousy at predicting reader preferences, A Fish Called Wanda knocked Die Hard out of the game in the semi-final round. I frankly expected Die Hard to go all the way, but the readers have spoken. With Die Hard down for the count, the path is clear for one of three comedies to claim the crown. Between the bracket game, birthdays, videos and everything else going on here at the blog, it’s been a busy week. Let’s see what you missed.
We’re one week into 2018. Just 51 one more to go! In January, the blog always features bracket games that look back at the movies from twenty and thirty years ago. This tradition isn’t entirely random. Over the course of the year we’ll be talking about a lot of these movies from 1988 and 1998. The contests that kick off the year are kind of a look ahead at the things we’re going to be looking back on. They also liven up the comments section which is something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Between the game, birthdays and other contributions it’s been a busy week here at the site. But don’t worry if you missed anything. It’s all right here in the first weekly recap of the year.
As 2017 comes to an end, I want to thank all of the readers and contributors who have made it such a memorable year. Or at least a tolerable one. Before we ring in the new year, let’s go back and review some of the highlights of 2017.
Happy holidays, everyone! Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, I hope you are enjoying some time with family and friends. I also hope you can squeeze in a little time to visit us here at Le Blog of course. Things get busy this time of year, so some of you may have missed an article or two. Just in case you were too busy shopping for the perfect present, here is your weekly recap to help you catch up.
The Last Jedi has the potential to be the darkest Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back (not counting the one last Christmas where everybody died…) And yet, Lucasfilm still found a way to squeeze in the adorable and highly merchandisable (not a word? don’t care) Porgs. What’s a porg? No one knows. But They are already flying off the shelves of toy stores everywhere. Secretly, I hope they turn out to be like the cute bunny rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After an especially bloody encounter with a big-eyed monster, all the Jedi flea screaming “run away!” If that sounds like something you’d like to see, this is definitely the site for you! Let’s take a look at the other nonsesnical topics we discussed last week.
‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving leftovers both in the kitchen and at the box office. Hollywood studios don’t offer up any major new releases the weekend following Thanksgiving because they know most of us are busy doing other things. If you were going to go see Justice League or Coco, you were probably going to do it during the long weekend. For those who have time for a movie in between shopping and wrapping, Hollywood hopes you will squeeze in one of their holdovers from last month. They need to make whatever money they are going to make before The Last Jedi opens in mid-December.
That left the site without a cohesive theme to play with this week, but there was still plenty to chew on. If you were too busy with Black Friday and Cyber Monday to keep up, here’s a recap of everything you missed.
This weekend saw the release of Disney-Pixar’s latest animated feature, CoCo. After a string of movies that didn’t quite live up to the studio’s best work, CoCo is being praised by critics including our own Daffy Stardust who predicts that the movie will wake home an Oscar. To celebrate the release of CoCo, we took a look at some previous Disney-related articles this week. We also spent some time talking about Alien 4. It was a strange and unexpected mix, but I guess that’s pretty typical around here. If you missed any of the fun and excitement, never fear. Your weekly recap is here to help you get up to speed.
It’s been a rough road for Warner Brothers as they have tried to catch up with their Marvelous competition. After a couple of false starts with Superman Returns and Green Lantern, they finally got their superhero universe established with Zack Snyder-helmed efforts Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. After the latter opened to blistering reviews, the studio scrambled to reverse course with their team-up movie, Justice League. They were too late in the game to replace Snyder outright, but Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon was brought on board to handle reshoots. Was it enough to right the ship? We’ll talk about Justice League and more in this week’s recap.
We’re less than a week away from the movie debut of DC Comics’ flagship team of superheroes in Justice League. I can feel the excitement in the air. Okay, DC hasn’t had the same consistent success as its Marvelous competitor in recent years. Their only unqualified success since Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has been this past summer’s Wonder Woman. It hasn’t been for lack of trying either. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel served as a launching point for the DC Cinematic Universe primarily because the previous efforts to kick-start their line of superhero movies were disappointments.
There are plenty of reasons to keep your expectations low for next week’s team-up movie, but advance reviews also suggest there is hope that Justice League could be a fun diversion at least. This week we spent some time talking about DC superheroes in movies and TV, so get ready for a superpowered weekly recap!