Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What can viewers expect from MCU Phase 4?


Joe Cianciotto.Marvel Phase 3 has left many fans wanting for more. While many are missing the presence of the franchise's old guards, the cinematic universe's most loyal fans are awaiting new stories that will introduce them to more characters. Here are the series and movies fans can anticipate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4. 

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Black Widow, 2021

Joe Cianciotto. After Natasha Romanoff's death in Endgame, it seems that there's still a lot to unpack with her character. The movie will become Marvel Studios' first movie with a solo female director in Cate Shortland. For those who are wondering where the story will fit, it will follow the events of Captain America: Civil War and will tackle the past of Natasha's time as a KGB assassin. Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour are also set to appear in the film.

WandaVision, 2020

Joe Cianciotto. According to insiders, this Disney+ series will likely draw from the series House of M and Vision. In the trailer, fans will recognize a 1950s sitcom style and the usual MCU action featuring Wanda and Vision. However, in this series, other MCU characters from various films will also make an appearance such as Darcy from Thor, Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man, Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel, and possibly more. Many think that the story of the star-crossed lovers might pave the way for the plot in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, 2021

This movie hopes to make the same effect as Black Panther as it features the MCU's first Asian-American lead character. With Simu Liu playing the role of Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist. In this movie, Asian superstar Tony Leung will play the role of the Mandarin. As an Asian outlet, the film was written by Chinese-American Dave Callaham and directed by Asian-American Destin Daniel Cretton. Joe Cianciotto.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The effects of the global health crisis on the film industry

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The film industry has taken quite a hit since the global health crisis went into full swing around March. While viewers miss seeing some of their favorite A-list celebrities in potential blockbusters, many more people working in the film and movie theater industries have felt the brunt of the economic fall-out. Joe Cianciotto

For starters, many films were pushed back, some to even more than a year. Since cinemas have been shut down or offered tickets at only half their capacity or less, many major studios decided to delay movie release dates to avoid losing tens of millions of revenue. Other studios elected to release their features on streaming sites. Joe Cianciotto

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For many films and TV shows as well, production has only resumed in the past few weeks. Filming was halted all over the world to keep the cast and crew safe. This also resulted in the delayed release of countless more titles. Joe Cianciotto.

More and more people in the film and TV industries, especially those who don’t make as much as stars and executives, are all trying to do what they can to make ends meet since their main income comes from studio productions or employed theaters and other entertainment outfits. Joe Cianciotto.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Controversial films series: 'The Last Jedi'


No other film in recent history has divided an entire fandom quite like "Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi." While the sequel trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, and IX) have been box-office hits, all of them have had mixed reviews, with The Last Jedi being the most extreme of them all. Joe Cianciotto

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Very few fans have stayed in the middle and thought, "It was okay." Most Star Wars fans either believed it was one of the best entries of the franchise or simply the worst film they've ever seen. In fact, "The Last Jedi" effectively ruins relationships as much as political and religious inclinations are. Joe Cianciotto.

Much of the blame goes to Rian Johnson, who, to be fair, made the Herculean effort to craft his vision in George Lucas' creation. But maybe because it was his first attempt at the genre, some aspects of the film felt out of place, such as the unnecessary humor and disconnecting subplots. Joe Cianciotto. 

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But perhaps the greatest sin of "The Last Jedi" or the fault that earned the fury of legions of fans was how the death of Luke Skywalker was handled. Being the centerpiece and main hero of the Star Wars saga, every fan wanted to see Luke in action again, 30 years after defeating Vader. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. It was tragic, and not in a good way. Joe Cianciotto.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Netflix’s ‘Dark’ is probably the greatest sci-fi series the world will never know


Over the past five years, streaming giant Netflix has delivered some of the most memorable science fiction shows such as “Stranger Things,” “Altered Carbon,” and “Black Mirror.” However, the best of these shows is a little German gem, which deserves so much more attention that it’s given. That show is “Dark.” Joe Cianciotto.

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This blog will attempt to explain why “Dark” is the greatest sci-fi series today, with minimal spoilers. Joe Cianciotto

It has the most intriguing time-travel premise ever filmed.

Movies and TV shows have depicted time travel in countless ways, from space-age cars to police boxes to magic spells and the like. “Dark” has something entirely different. In fact, it takes time travel and pushes that envelope in a way that no other film or series has ever done before.

It has an interesting and realistic cast of characters.

Curiously, in “Dark,” there are no larger-than-life characters. Instead, each character is incredibly nuanced, and the writers and directors nail all these unique traits to the wall. And, as the story unfolds, the character development just makes things more realistic and incredible. Joe Cianciotto.

It connects everyone to everyone and everything to everything in almost flawless fashion.

With dozens of characters and a number of timelines, it’s mind-blowing just how the writers of the show have connected everyone and everything in almost flawless fashion. What seems confusing becomes clearer, and the journey is quite unforgettable. Joe Cianciotto.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A few more epic fantasy features from the ‘80s

Until now, a lot of people still consider the ‘80s to be one of the greatest decade of film. In every genre, the decade has produced countless of the most iconic and memorable movies in history. Joe Cianciotto.
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Today’s blog will feature a few more of the most epic fantasy features from the decade. Joe Cianciotto.


Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” and “Gladiator” tried his hand with fantasy, casting a young Tom Cruise in the film “Legend.” The result was one of the most atmospheric and magical films of all-time. Joe Cianciotto.


The greatest film depiction of the Arthurian legend in film history came out in the ‘80s with this absolute fantasy gem. “Excalibur” had some of the greatest thespians of the generation acting their hearts out, in a brutal and bloody sword and armor epic. Joe Cianciotto.


“Willow” was hilarious as much as it was magically epic. And the fact that George Lucas came up with the story was a huge plus. There isn’t anything in the film that old-school fantasy fans wouldn’t enjoy.

The Last Unicorn

Very few animated features can compare with “The Last Unicorn.” Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, terrifying, wonderful, awe-inspiring, and filled with amazing music, the film truly stands out as a bright spot in classic animation.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Strongest MCU characters ever featured

Ever since the re-reboot of The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has released 23 films, not counting movies produced by Fox. And in the span of 12 years, the MCU has featured some of the strongest heroes and villains in all of Marvel. Of course, their power levels may have slightly differed from comic book versions, but their strength cannot be understated. Here are some of the strongest MCU characters ever featured in the films. Joe Cianciotto.
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In all of the MCU, Hela played by Cate Blanchett, was the only villain that was not defeated by the movie’s protagonist. She was able to defeat Thor and Loki singlehandedly, destroying Thor’s hammer in the process. She is so powerful, she could only be defeated by destroying Asgard itself.


Dormamu didn’t get a lot of screen time compared to most MCU villains as Doctor Strange mainly focused on Kaecilius as the movie’s antagonist. But based on the many ways we’ve seen Dormamu kill off Doctor Strange, we’d be foolish not to recognize his power at manipulating matter in his dimension. Joe Cianciotto.


Played by Kurt Russell, it was only later on in the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 that was revealed that Ego was in fact an entire planet. The Malicious planet while strong on its own grounds, has shown that it is capable of destroying other planets with ease.


The mad titan himself, Thanos has been the strongest MCU villain so far. Able to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk in a brawl, Thanos shows just how powerful and skilled he is in the art of combat. Even without wielding a single Infinity Stone, Thanos was able to hold his own against Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man all at the same time. Joe Cianciotto.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Superhero movies that deserve more recognition

Joe Cianciotto. The superhero movie genre has gotten bigger and better through the years. But while some moviegoers only watch those produced within the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes, there are still a lot of films outside of these worlds that deserve more recognition. Here are some of them.

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Joe Cianciotto. While this comic book series is part of the DC Universe, not a lot of people associated this group of antiheroes with the publisher's well-known characters. A thriller drama, this superhero movie directed by Zack Snyder took an unfamiliar route and gained fans along the way.

Sky High

Joe Cianciotto. This 2005 film is about teenagers in a superhero school. One of them, Will Stronghold, is the son of famous superheroes whose powers haven't yet manifested. In Sky High, he meets other aspiring superheroes who also need to grow into their own personalities and abilities. While the plot might sound trivial and teenybopper, the film earned rave reviews from critics for its light, fantastic, and comedic appeal.


Joe Cianciotto. This 1990 film was directed by Sam Raimi who later on directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films. Liam Neeson stars as Peyton Westlake, a disfigured scientist who develops superhuman powers. Strong, powerful, and unstable, Darkman sets out to find justice for those who ruined his life. As Neeson’s first action film, his take on Westlake was praised by critics and fans alike. Darkman became a franchise with two direct-to-video sequels.

Looking for a different kind of superhero tale? These underrated movies are worth a watch.