Monthly Archives - July 2021

Black Widow Craters on Second Weekend

I told you this was coming. The second weekend take is in, and it is an utter disaster for Disney/Marvel. From Deadline: "If you want to know what the negative impact is by having a Marvel movie available in homes and in theaters at the same time, well, here it is: That’s the steepest second-weekend drop ever for a Disney-distributed MCU title, beating Ant-Man and the Wasp (-62%)." It's much worse than that. Black Widow's take for this weekend is $26 million.  The grand total...

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Star Trek IV Reaanounced…Again

This is...what the fourth time now? So, yeah. The fourth of the Bad Reboot associated Star Trek movies has been announced yet again. From Deadline: "After orchestrating the Marvel/Disney+ series WandaVision to a 23- Emmy-nomination haul, Matt Shakman (Oh god, please no) has made a deal to direct the next untitled Star Trek film for Paramount and Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams. Deadline hears the film will now move at warp speed (*GAG*) and begin production next spring. They have a script by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. This is significant in...

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Loki Ended in the Worst Way Possible

Loki was very much an Identity Politics driven show. This, unsurprisingly, brought along a lot of Woke baggage as well a variety of Mary Sue feminist heroines. The title character started off as a Loki who gets pulled out of time at the end of the first Avengers movie.  He has not undergone the redemption arc that will turn him from trickster villain to trickster hero.   Which was what people who tuned into this expected to see.  Loki would go through a hero’s journey...

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Aliens – Footnotes

Typical Marine Corps first date. This post is a collection of extraneous minutia that I cut from the first post. One of the Aliens strengths is the design aesthetic. James Cameron started out in the special effects side of things building spaceship models for Battle Beyond the Stars and getting ripped off by Roger Corman for doing it. Corman can spot talent, you have to give him that. This background as kit-smasher has had a profound impact on the visuals in all...

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RE:View – Aliens

Aliens is my favorite Eighties blast-flick, even nudging out Predator.  For whatever reason, this is the one that speaks to me. What James Cameron got right was basically everything. It was massively influential in 1980s science fiction pop-culture. Aliens created an entire aesthetic template for the Space Marine that everyone who followed Cameron had to either consciously accept or reject. The Colonial Marines were up there with Starfleet. And Aliens setup a film that would hold the title of “most disappointing...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Black Widow

The biggest question over this film; is Marvel Studios capable of self-renewal? It’s the issue that hangs over any Hollywood winning streak.  No matter how big a franchise is, it doesn’t take a lot to make the audience walk away from it.  The calendar flips, presidents are changed, the new and exciting makes the old “new and exciting” look dull and cliched.   Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were once the biggest stars in Hollywood? It’s true! I’ll answer this question...

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Interesting Theory: Black Widow a Hit?

Disney says it.  So, it must be true. Mickey the Great and Terrible is claiming a global haul of $230 million world wide for Black Widow’s opening weekend. Nothing suspicious about that.   Unless you actually look at it for a second. It might have a few problems then. $60 million on Disney Plus $80 million domestic Box Office $79 million foreign BO. These numbers are really, really ROUND.  I mean they hit their objectives on the nose.  And…AND they got exactly what Disney said they were going to get.  Nothing...

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The Dark Herald Recommends: The Tomorrow War

Time travel movies are always a problem. Either they fall into logical pitfalls due to screwing around in the past or they are in the predestination genre, where everything the character does advances a narrative that you already learned in the first half of the movie. The latter can be clever, but the truth is after you’ve seen a couple you’ve seen them all.  Which makes that its own form of predestination.  I’ll get into the problems this film has in a...

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Black Widow – First Impressions

Does NOT pass the Bechdel test. I'll do The Tomorrow War review first. There is no rush on this one. It's not as bad as I thought it would be and since almost no one who reads this blog on the regular is going to see it anyway, Black Widow is now reprioritized. If I was going to rate it at Does Not Recommend I'd get it done today but it's not that bad. I thought it was...

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Disney Death Watch – July 2021

Well, I haven’t done one these for a while but today seems dismal enough for some Dismalney news. DISNEY PARKS There was a time many ages ago that Disney parks were getting pretty trashy and by that, I mean the quality of the people showing up was ruining the experience for people who don’t have fifteen rusting appliances in their front yard and drink cheap liquor out of Mason jars. Walt Disney had wanted his parks to be affordable to all.  Sadly, the quality...

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