I wasn’t in San Diego, in fact I’m on the other side of the world in Uganda. Seriously check my location. Even though I am a million miles away I felt the nerd vibe. This weekend was filled with a whole of a lot of goosebumps, screams, and a constant “WHATT???!” from my mom every other minute whenever I yelled from excitement. Here are some of my favorite trailers and news coming out of SDCC 2017!
So far, superhero flicks this year are 3 for 3. Logan was such a refreshing and unique entry in to genre as was the hilarious, action packed, character driven and heart-warming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. which, contrary to popular opinion, I believe exceeded its predecessor. It took long enough, but finally June 2nd saw the release of the first ever female led superhero film Wonder Woman. Helmed by female director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous hero, Wonder Woman is an incredibly empowering film that might just be the best superhero origin story since Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know. So fell free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……
2016 is over, finally, and although the year was universally crummy it did produce some outstanding television. Film and TV, as frequent viewers here may know, is a form of escapism for me. A way to leave whatever troubles me in the real world and get lost in some fictitious ones. This year there were a couple of shows, both new and returning, that I would return to week after week, or day after day if they were on Netflix, to get my dose of immersion. Going in fresh into 2017 I wanted to reflect on these shows and write about what I loved so much about them. So here are my favorite shows of 2016 (unranked)!
July is here again and I’m not at San Diego Comic Con. But thankfully absentees of the convention are lucky enough to catch new footage of anticipated movies on YouTube! Here are some trailers, along with some of my opinions, for upcoming films for 2016 and beyond!
X-Men Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer, is the latest film in the now sixteen year old X-Men movie franchise. Early reviews of the movie were surprisingly quite negative but I tried my best to ignore them and walked into the theater with a clear mind. After successfully neglecting all externally fed opinions I walked out the cinema with pure elation thinking that the film was fantastic. I had the urge to share my feelings towards this movie with the world and slam the early reviews that were so very wrong. After deep reflection it is safe to say that X-Men Apocalypse is the definitive X-Men movie.
The largest collective rant on the internet has emerged after the release of Batman vs Superman. Reviews were mixed and personally I have a love-hate relationship with the movie. BvS was not on the top of my watchlist this year and was definitely not at the top of my comic book movie watchlist. That goes to the under discussed X-Men Apocalypse which looks and will be amazing (I hope). I don’t understand why this movie hides behind the shadows of Captain America Civil War and BvS because the cinematic iterations of the X-Men have been around for over a decade; longer than any other superhero franchise. I find that I am more anxious to see Doctor Strange and Suicide Squad than Civil War due to my slight disdain to the last MCU film Age of Ultron. But as time approaches to its premiere I’ll probably get super excited for Civil War. Which comic book movies are you most anxious for in 2016 and let me know what you thought of BvS in the comments below.
I watched Batman vs Superman and I can say I really enjoyed it as a comic book fan. I loved Batflek and the themysciran in red practically saved the movie. Wonder Woman is one of my favorite heroines (along with Scarlet Witch, Rogue and Captain Marvel) so I was more than elated to see justice done to the character in B v S!
The big screen proved to be too small for the superhero genre as the Marvel and DC universes continue to expand on our televisions (nowadays the computer screen ). I have nothing but respect for the producers, directors and writers of these shows who have created unique and interesting stories for some of the most beloved comic book characters of all time. Some comic book fans have struggled to watch some of the shows listed below due to their over-jocular atmospheres or even their quirkiness. This list will not only rank the superhero shows I watch, but also defend some shows that I believe have received unnecessary backlash. Enjoy!
Personal Statement: Certain Marvel and DC shows are not on the list as I honestly view them as canon.