Author Archives: Bubbawheat

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021

I ended up missing the past couple movie releases due to the arrival of a little bundle of joy that’s taken up much of my time lately. But I just couldn’t miss out on the latest Spider-Man movie especially with the multiverse aspect coming into play. And I’m very glad that I was able to see it as soon as I did. I’m not big on the anti-spoiler culture that has permeated a lot of the nerd fandom lately, I was just excited to see it as soon as possible. Plus I signed up for the latest Lambcast discussing this and every other Spider-Man film so I had an extra reason to see it. I’ve enjoyed every Spider-Man movie to some degree or another with my least favorite: Amazing Spider-Man 2 still being ranked as a fun-but-very-flawed film so I was happy to see them all come together in this film. There was plenty of fanservice to be had, but for the most part, it was all done with a degree of reverence, plus it all made sense to further the story or the characters. There were some more changes to this MCU Spider-Man timeline to help differentiate Tom Holland’s Peter Parker even more from the others than they already have but I loved this entry in this long-running and varied franchise. And as there are plenty of spoiler fanservice elements, beyond this paragraph will definitely be spoilers.

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Origin Stories: Marc Webb & (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer 2009

This is part of a new series of reviews that I’m starting that takes a look at directors of well known superhero movies and takes a step back to either their big movie just before their superhero movie, or one of their first films. In this case, it’s both. 3 years before Marc Webb directed the Amazing Spider-Man films, he had a single feature length film to his credit: a romantic dramady starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I had seen this film many years ago and really enjoyed it. Rewatching it this time around definitely hit differently, but there are still a lot of great moments throughout this film and it holds up very well as a visual and interesting look at a short lived relationship from the guy’s point of view. Also, this post was decided on by a monthly poll from our patrons at our Patreon, so for only $1 a month, you can help choose a movie review that appears on this site.

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Filmwhys #87 The Living Daylights and From Hell

Filmwhys #87 The Living Daylights and From Hell

I’m back with another episode of Filmwhys aka the Why Haven’t You Seen This Film Podcast. This time around I’m taking another dip into the James Bond franchise. This will be the fourth Bond film that I’ve seen, the third one that I’ve watched for a podcast, the second that I’ve watched specifically for Filmwhys, and the first Timothy Dalton Bond film. My guest is Jim O’Kane, a big member of the Movies by Minutes community and relevant to this site he specifically co-hosted the Rocketeer Minute. The movie that he watched for the first time was the first graphic novel adapted from the works of Alan Moore, the film itself is fairly mediocre but there’s still a lot of great discussion to be had in our conversation. Click here to listen, or you can subscribe via Filmwhys’ new home at Anchor.fm/Filmwhys.

It’s Time to Rewind: Bonus weeks

It’s Time to Rewind: Bonus weeks

It’s Time to Rewind has finished up its first season on Groundhog Day a few weeks ago, but there has been bonus content coming out every week since then and of course I have to share it here. Especially as three of those episodes are focused on Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Tomorrow’s bonus episode is a cross-promotion of the latest Filmwhys episode and season 2: Trapped in the Twilight Zone will be starting on November 1st. So enjoy these episodes and I look forward to sharing the next season with you!

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Filmwhys #86 The Mist and Spawn

Filmwhys #86 The Mist and Spawn

Wow, it’s been quite a while hasn’t it? Even though I’ve started a new podcast, I didn’t want to fully give up on my previous Filmwhys podcast so I am finally bringing it back. Hopefully new episodes will be coming out monthly near the middle of each month. For this month’s episode I brought back guest Justin Gott from the Rambling Ramblers Podcast who asks me why I hadn’t seen the 2007 Frank Darabont horror film the Mist. And in return, I ask him why he hadn’t seen the 1997 superhero film that was the first non-parody superhero film with a Black lead, Spawn.

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Invisible Sue

Invisible Sue 2018

It’s been a little while again since I’ve been able to watch and review a superhero movie here, pretty much all of my free time is split between work, a newborn, and the podcasts which I’ve been sharing on this site. But I did find this movie on DVD at the dollar store a couple months back with absolutely no information about what the movie is outside of the name of the film and the fact that the cover has a girl in a superhero mask. Apparently it’s a German film, but similar to the Antboy release, the only available audio track on the DVD is the English dub. At least partially due to the fact that it’s more of a family friendly film. I would be curious to see this in the original German as I remember that it helped out my viewing of the Antboy sequels. As it is, it’s a pretty basic kids adventure movie with a little bit of super powers and gadgetry thrown in the mix. It doesn’t do anything badly, but it never really pushes the excitement level past the halfway point.

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It’s Time to Rewind: Week 12 & Finale

Groundhog Day After Day After Day: Week 12 & Finale

I’ve spent 12 weeks breaking down Groundhog Day loop by loop for 38 episodes, plus a couple weeks of pre-production before I even started releasing episodes. And now we’re finished. Done. Finito. I’m already well into working on season 2 as well as a few bonus episodes in the meantime. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey and will continue on into the Twilight Zone and beyond!

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It’s Time to Rewind: Week 11

Groundhog Day After Day After Day Week 11

Another week, another batch of podcast episodes going through Groundhog Day loop by loop. This week we get to look at an ice sculpture, another piano lesson, an awkward hug, and the death of an unnamed homeless man. Thanks to everyone who’s been listening, the podcast as a whole has reached the 500 downloads mark. May be a small number to some, but I’m happy that at least one person out there is listening and enjoying what I’m putting out there. As a reminder, if you’re a Patron on Patreon at the $3 a month level or more, you can already listen to the rest of the season right now! There’s only 4 episodes to go in this first season, so get listening!

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It’s Time to Rewind: Weeks 8 – 10

Groundhog Day After Day After Day weeks 8 -10

It’s been a little bit since I’ve done one of these recaps for the podcast. I haven’t announced it here on the site yet but a little over 2 weeks ago, my 2nd daughter was born. On August 27th, little Faye was born 3 weeks early and I’ve had the past two weeks spent taking care of her and her mother, getting a couple movies in during baby naps. Both are doing very well at the moment and things are looking good for us. As for the podcast, we’re already nearing the home stretch and we’ve got a lot of episodes and a lot of guests here from the past three weeks. And after this, there are only a little over two weeks left of this first season. It’s been fun but a second season will be coming out before too long so stay tuned!

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Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 2021

This is only just the start of the squeezed MCU timeline as this is the second of four MCU films coming out this year that started with Black Widow just a couple months ago, Eternals in a couple more months, and Spider-Man: Far From Home to end out the year. Many of these MCU films are generally split down the middle more or less. Half of the film follows a more or less typical Marvel movie format with light comedy mixed throughout and a big end battle filled with explosions. The other half of the film gets to branch out into many different genres like spy thriller, war movie, sci-fi comedy, what have you. This does that to a certain extent, but it feels like the split was closer to 70-30 in favor of a martial arts/Wuxia film and I am all on board for that shift. After Black Widow’s moderate disappointment in that it followed the Marvel format a little too much, I absolutely loved every minute of this film from his audience surrogate friend slash potential love interest to the sympathetic villain to the fantastic-yet-still-unique CGI-filled climactic final battle sequence. And as this is a new release, as with all my reviews there may be spoilers ahead so if you want to go in fresh be warned.

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