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Brenda Starr

Brenda Starr 1989

This review was decided on in part by a monthly poll over at our Patreon page where you can also join for just $1 a month to vote in a monthly poll to help decide what I review here. This is a movie that I’ve had on my radar for quite a while even though I didn’t really know a whole lot about it. All I knew was that it was based on a serial comic strip back in the day and it starred Brooke Shields and Timothy Dalton. When watching it, I soon realized that it was some cross between Dick Tracy and Cool World which is funny because both of those movies would come out just a few years later. The film struggled with a low budget, then legal issues caused it to be shelved for three years to eventually come out with little fanfare and awful reviews. Looking back at it, the film definitely has some issues, but feels a little bit ahead of its time with its bright comic costumes and tongue in cheek humor.

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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 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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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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Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

Secret Society of Second-Born Royals 2020

As I was browsing through the new content on Disney+ I did find two superhero-esque movies on there that I hadn’t reviewed yet. One of them was Flora & Ulysses and the other was this movie. Both feel very much like Disney Channel Original Movies like a slightly modern update of something along the lines of Up, Up, and Away and for the most part, that’s exactly what this one feels like. While I was watching it, I was reminded of a dozen other movies that played out scenes very much like this one only the other movies did them way better. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this film or its characters, but everything just felt very generic and uninspired. On top of the cliche of making royalty seem like something that’s magical or mystical rather than a simple power grab that in modern times has largely evolved into celebrity figureheads with no real power yet cash in on their heritage.

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