Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: August 14

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Blu-ray reviews, but there just hasn’t been anything worth talking about. But now, we come to the biggest movie of the year. Ten years’ worth of quality films has lead to this moment – and now that moment is on Blu-ray.

Here’s my pick for August 14, 2018.

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Super Bowl Trailer Round-Up

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Well, Super Bowl LII is over. The Philadelphia Eagles have won – good for them. And Justin Timberlake did…something…during halftime.

But what I really look forward to during the Super Bowl are the commercials, particularly the movie trailers. This is the event Hollywood uses to show off their best stuff for the coming year. This year’s roster is pretty good.

Here’s a brief look at my thoughts about each trailer.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Trailer 1

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“Fun is not something one considers when balancing the universe. But this does put a smile on my face.”

It’s finally here! The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War – the film that signals the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. The culmination of all the hints, winks and nods to the big bad Thanos across quite a few films. It all comes down to this. From this trailer, the film looks good. Definitely looking forward to it.

There is one thing that bothers me just a little: Thanos doesn’t have his trademark armor and headgear. He looks like a purple Arnold Schwarzenegger without it. Every other appearance he’s made in the MCU has been in that armor. It’s just an odd choice. Hoping that there’s some kind of explanation in the story.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – What is an ‘Avenger’?

Civil War PosterCaptain America: Civil War is one powerful movie. It is an awesome experience, jam-packed with what seems to be every Marvel geek’s fantasy. Cap, Black Widow, Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man (SPIDER-MAN!!) – they’re all here. My mind constantly went back to my ten-year-old self, playing with superhero action figures and pitting them against each other.

Did it have the same dramatic weight and action polish as the perennially brilliant Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo also helmed)? No. But it is still very entertaining, and now holds the number three spot on my top Marvel movie list.

Some wonder why this wasn’t considered just another Avengers movie. The Captain America title is definitely apt, though. Cap is the central character, and the film’s scope lacks the epic quality of the two previous Avengers films directed by Joss Whedon – and that is no doubt by design. What the Russos and scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have crafted is a small-scale film about an epic “family feud.” It is the culmination of a rift that has been felt between Captain America and Iron Man since they first met in The Avengers.

Civil War is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most ideologically and thematically heavy films. It doesn’t have a James Spader-voiced robot waxing philosophically; it’s definitely more subtle. There are two very big ideas at play. The first is a question of government regulation, and its effectiveness at preventing collateral damage. The larger idea, however, is a spiritual one, and it drives almost all the central combatants in this story.

SPOILERS AHEAD

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2015: The Year in Review

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2015 – what a year for movies! From epic blockbusters to small films, animated and live-action, this was an exceptional movie year. In fact, this has been the first year in quite a while where it pained me to leave great movies off my top 10 list!

This was a year of triumphant returns. The Jurassic Park and Star Wars franchises leaped into movie theaters and became box office juggernauts. Pixar returned to form creatively with Inside Out. Even Paul Walker returned from the dead for one last ride in Furious 7 (too soon?).

2015 was a good year. However, for the first time in many years, there were some genuine disappointments and misfires. I’m usually good at discerning which movies I want to spend my money on. Some were movies I was eagerly anticipating and really wanted to like.

First, let’s take a look at those aforementioned disappointments.

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