‘Black Panther’ enriches the Marvel cinematic universe with culture and commentary

Chadwick Boseman is T'Challa in 'Black Panther'
Chadwick Boseman is T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’

The superhero genre is one that can easily run out of steam. And there have been many who claim it’s already jumped the shark or is well on its way to audience fatigue.

Then along comes Black Panther, which shows the genre still has some life left in it.

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Don’t wait for the end of the world to see ‘The World’s End’

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the rest of the main cast of 'The World's End'
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the rest of the main cast of ‘The World’s End’

From the brilliant minds of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright comes the third film in their “Cornetto Trilogy”, The World’s End.  The other films in the trilogy are of course Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  All three are comedies and while they feature many of the same players, they portray different characters in each.

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is good… but should have stayed true to J.R.R. Tolkien’s book

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

[rating=3]Starring:  Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchette, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee
Director(s): Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyers, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) – J.K. Tolkien (novel)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a new trilogy from Peter Jackson, director of the wonderful Lord of the Rings trilogy.  While The Hobbit’s first installment is good, it doesn’t come near the level of any of the LOTR films, perhaps because they set the bar too high.  Also problematic is that Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a much shorter novel than his follow-up “The Lord of the Rings” and probably doesn’t need three films to tell the story as Tolkien wrote it.

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