Thor Ragnarok (****) a well-placed step towards the inevitable

In all, this is a fun film that is as good as one could expect coming from one of the heretofore most boring parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it feels a bit underdone, it's because it still follows the formula of megalomaniac who almost has it all until she doesn't. Marvel has done a great job making their formula interesting, even if the characters (outside of Steve Rogers) evolve at a snail's pace. If the Marvel movie formula is still stuck in the mode of dragging these characters in and never quite letting them go, well, one can understand why. It's comic books, man.

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Ghostbusters Answer The Call (***): Hard to shine that penny

To be honest, I am just glad that Dan Akroyd didn't get to fulfill his vision to force us to watch him on film again. Yes, he along with all of the other Ghostbusters are cameoed in the new film, but his role comes across like a fart in a windstorm.

In The Heart of the Sea (*1/2) is doldrums

It'd be nice if he could find some way to get himself back into storytelling mode. Something similar to what Reiner has found with low budget gems like Flipped or anything that Jeff Nichols has done. It seems like he thinks he's reached a status of auteur. These things happen when you make hack commercials for political figures or when you win Oscars for calculated half-truths.

Vacation (**) is not fun for anyone

Vacation - 2015 Written and Directed by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Starring  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Beverly D'Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase The original Vacation was a work of the upwardly mobile talent of Harold Ramis and John Hughes. It also featured perhaps the last performance of Chevy Chase before it all started going downhill. It's a … Continue reading Vacation (**) is not fun for anyone

Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

Avengers: Age of Ultron - 2015 Written and Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson Tony Stark / Iron Man (facing fire of the enemy) Guys, wait. We gotta talk this through. (after incapacitating all of them with leg shots) It … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

CPE, Em & El: Thor: The Dark World: More Loki, anyone?

Thor: The Dark World - 2013 Director Alan Taylor Starring Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo Screenplay Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely It's no surprise that Loki is one of the first characters that you see after the prologue of Thor: The Dark World.  It's a short … Continue reading CPE, Em & El: Thor: The Dark World: More Loki, anyone?

Red Dawn: It’s a thankless job, but thank God its not Invasion U.S.A.

Red Dawn - 2012 Director Dan Bradley Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Brett Cullen, Will Yun Lee Screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, based on the original screenplay by John Milius and Kevin Reynolds The thing about Red Dawn, in any incarnation is the sheer lunacy of the … Continue reading Red Dawn: It’s a thankless job, but thank God its not Invasion U.S.A.

Snow White and The Huntsman: Bread is definitely not meat

Snow White and the Huntsman - 2012 Director Rupert Sanders Starring Charleze Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Sam Clafin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Brian Gleeson,Johnny Harris Screenplay Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Ameni Julia Roberts probably wanted to fire her agent after watching Snow White and The … Continue reading Snow White and The Huntsman: Bread is definitely not meat

Cabin In The Woods: Good work, Zombie arm

Cabin In The Woods - 2012 Director Drew Goddard Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kanz, Anna Hutchinson, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Sigourney Weaver Screenplay by Goddard and Joss Whedon Cabin In The Woods is one of the coolest, most original horror stories every made.  It's Toy Story for the genre.  All the most remarkable things one could … Continue reading Cabin In The Woods: Good work, Zombie arm

Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One

When Captain America: The First Avenger is released July 22, 2012, it will mark the last movie to be released ramping up to the May 4, 2012 arrival of the first superhero team movie, The Avengers.  At this point, everyone is aware of the team that has been assembled: Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews The Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers Movies) Phase One