Captain Marvel, the latest dispatch from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set in 1995. That didn’t sound that long ago ... until Marvel evoked the times with throwback promotional gimmicks like Magic Eye posters and crude Angelfire-style websites full of animated gifs. Turns out it’s been awhile. But the throwback means we’re in the clear to be nostalgic for a more naive time when superheroes wore rubber muscles or black leather, and stood on top of buildings looking out at their cities, which were matte paintings. If Carol Danvers ever takes a break from mid-’90s Skrull-punching to find inspiration at the multiplex, she’ll see an entirely different type of comic book movie from what we have now, if there’s one playing at all. Today’s comic book movies are expected to have a more sophisticated understanding of the characters and stories they’re translating, but there’s an appealing style and feel to the ’90s movies … [Read more...] about Ranking the 25 live-action comic book movies of the ’90s
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Going at least as far back as Bob Clark’s 1974 proto-slasher movie Black Christmas, horror movies and the holiday season have enjoyed a special relationship. While there may be six installments in the Silent Night, Deadly Night series, for years the Christmas horror movie was something of a special treat, coming along maybe once or twice a year. Thanks to the relative commercial and critical success of recent movies like Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out and the anthology A Christmas Horror Story, yuletide horror movies are more popular than ever, especially among low-budget filmmakers who can slip in well-known Christmas demon to attract some extra, seasonal attention. At least six new Christmas horror movies are out on VOD this year, attempting to add some scares to the warmth and cheer of the season. Here’s our take on all of them: Slay Belles The self-consciously extreme Slay Belles opens with dubstep Christmas music, and keeps … [Read more...] about 6 new Christmas horror movies you can watch now
There's no fighting it, the holidays are here. Carols are being sung, the chestnuts are roasting on the open fires, Jack Frost is stalking your nose, and you're searching Netflix for just the right movie to watch while you're wrapping gifts and baking cookies. We took advantage of the whole 'goodwill to all men' thing to hassle our writers about their favorite festive films, and got some surprising answers. This is the latest in a series of big questions we'll be interrogating our writers with, so share your answers and suggestions for topics with us on Twitter.Looking for the best Christmas movies ever? Check out our ultimate countdown of the festive films you should watch during the holidays. The Muppet Christmas Carol I have a bit of a problem in my house for Christmas, as my dad is a 'no TV' kind of person for the holidays. We’re more the 'easy listening carols and awkward conversation' kind of family, which is probably why the Bucks Fizz comes out while … [Read more...] about What’s the must-watch Christmas movie in your home?
The MTV Movie & TV Awards should do very well with viewers June 18 for several reasons.“Girls Trip” star Tiffany Haddish will host, and the top nominees are “Black Panther” (with seven) and “Stranger Things” (with six).The acting categories are gender neutral.For best movie, “Black Panther” will compete with “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Girls Trip,” “IT” and “Wonder Woman.”For top TV series, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is in the running with Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Freeform’s “grown-ish” and The CW’s “Riverdale.”For best performance in a movie, the nominees are Chadwick Boseman of “Black Panther,” Timothée Chalamet of “Call Me by Your Name,” Ansel Elgort of “Baby Driver,” Daisy Ridley of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Stranger Things’ lead MTV Movie & TV Awards
After a month of rumors, a historic deal has gone through. Disney announced that it has acquired a majority of 21st Century Fox’s holdings, which includes several film and television franchises like Avatar, The Simpsons, and — as you might have heard — the X-Men and (presumably) the Fantastic Four. Marvel Comics’ film licenses haven’t been so consolidated under a single corporate heading in 25 years. Forums have been abuzz for weeks about the potential to finally see the X-Men stand alongside the Avengers — to see Spider-Man pal around with his buddy Deadpool, or to see T’Challa of Wakanda woo his one-time queen, Storm of the X-Men. But, believe it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t need more heroes. What the MCU really gains — setting aside the significant monetary value of the acquisition — is something else entirely. Villains wanted — apply within The Marvel Cinematic universe is notoriously bad at … [Read more...] about Marvel movies have always needed villains — now it has them