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SBox Spoils: Avengers 3: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Note: The following review is a spoiler-filled review. For my spoiler-free thoughts on this movie, please click here. You’ve been warned!

There was an idea… to gather a series of known and unknown comic book characters… to see if they can become something more… so they can make the big bucks… that James Cameron never could.

Welcome one and all to the very first edition of SBox Spoils. This is something I’ve been planning to do for a while, but the concept is very straightforward. In addition to creating the regular, spoiler-free reviews I always have (under the title SBox Recommends), I will also be offering a spoiler-filled review which will be meant for those who have already seen the movie or simply don’t care that much about spoilers. The idea is to give a more unfettered, in-depth perspective on a movie than I could give otherwise.

I’ll talk more about what this segment will entail in terms of the future in a separate post down the road, but for right now consider this first installment as a kind of test-run. A proof of concept if you will.

With introductions out of the way, I believe it’s time to finally talk about the film of the hour. For our first spoiler-filled review, we’re gonna talk about the most anticipated film of the decade bar-none, Avengers: Infinity War. Continue reading SBox Spoils: Avengers 3: Infinity War (Movie Review)

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SBox Recommends: Avengers 3 – Infinity War (Movie Review | NO SPOILERS)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy! (To see my spoiler-filled thoughts on this film, click here).

There was an idea… to gather a series of known and unknown comic book characters… and see if they can become something more… so they can make the big bucks… that James Cameron never could.

Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

On May 2, 2008, the first film in a series soon to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe was released in theaters. And from that one film based on a minimally known comic book character, starring an unlikely lead star, at a vision of a no-name producer and a comedy director, it grew into a massive and beloved network of films that both captured audiences’ hearts and changed Hollywood forever. The journey that Disney, Marvel Studios, and Kevin Feige have led us on has brought us to many interesting places in a decade’s time. We’ve seen men learn to fly, conjure spells, and shrink down to the size of insects. We’ve witnessed gods coming down from the sky and soldiers rising up from the ice. And we’ve come to learn that heroes can come from the most unlikely of places, whether it’s a teenage kid, a master assassin, the king of a “third world” nation, a giant green rage monster, or a talking raccoon.

And what has all of this been leading up to? Why, what else but a massive event? Not just a movie. An event. A huge cinematic moment whose goal is to take 10 years of storytelling, character development, and world-building and channel it all into one epic story. Does it succeed? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Avengers 3 – Infinity War (Movie Review | NO SPOILERS)

SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

Early last year was the first time I decided to watch The Office (US) series all the way through. Before then, I saw a couple of scattered episodes here and there (mostly Christmas episodes and the Firedrill episode every Office fan uses to get their loved ones into the show), but never the whole series. Long story short, I loved it and it’s one of the best bingeing marathons I think I ever had. And, of course, one of the standout characters of the show was Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, because he was the guy everyone wanted to be. Laid-back, cool, funny, and able to go home with Pam everyday (but that’s besides the point).

Since The Office, Krasinski has been relatively unseen by most on either the big or small screen. I personally enjoyed seeing him again in 13 Hours as well as his brief yet memorable cameo in last year’s Detroit. However, now our old friend Jim has graced our screens once more not only as the main star but as a director. This wouldn’t be Krasinski’s first time in the director’s chair, having previously helmed The Hollars and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. However, this appears to be a much more personal project of his, and one that has gotten a good ton of traction since trailers came out late last year. Question is, is A Quiet Place the magnum opus we’re all hoping it’ll be, or should Jim not quit his day-job at Dunder-Mifflin? Continue reading SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: The Greatest Showman (Movie Review)

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Despite it not being a franchise movie and me not having been to the circus ever, The Greatest Showman has strangely been on my radar all year. I remember as early as last December I was looking at the upcoming year in film in order to commit certain release dates to memory (yes, I’m that nerdy) and constantly seeing that title every time. “The Greatest Showman”; it’s the kind of name that grabs your attention even in a crowd of hundreds of titles. I kept wondering as the year progressed, what is this movie and what is it thinking trying to come out around the time of Star Wars? Also, what the hell kind of combo is Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron anyway?

Eventually, I finally received my answer and that intrigue I felt all year suddenly felt justified. The first trailer served that title justice as it, true to character, stood out from the crowd and got me excited for, of all things, a musical. I personally haven’t seen a musical in the theater since Hairspray, so I was eager to give my old mystery movie the opportunity to earn that fascination I’ve inadvertently built up over the course of a year. Did it succeed? Continue reading SBox Recommends: The Greatest Showman (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Justice League (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

The story of the DC Extended Universe is a tragic one to say the least. Created as a response and competitor to the rising Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DCEU got its start back in 2013 with the split receptive Man of Steel. Since then, the franchise struggled to find a solid audience with one mixed to poorly received film after the other. But then came 2017 — a year of potential optimism for the DCEU — which brought about their first hit, Wonder Woman. The film became one of the most beloved of the year, and represented a golden opportunity for the DCEU to finally, FINALLY get on stable footing with critics, audiences, and the box office. But that opportunity only rests on one other variable: the success of Justice League.

Now, I won’t blow smoke up your collective asses and pretend things are looking good for the movie so far, because holy crap! However, despite all the skepticism, the steep odds for success, and the so-so word of mouth, is it still worth seeing? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Justice League (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Thor — Ragnarok (Movie Review)

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While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka Hollywood’s elaborate game of cinematic connect-the-dots) is a series made up of multiple different movies, it’s important to remember that it was all built on the back of three trilogies starting around the same time: the Iron Man trilogy, the Captain America trilogy, and the Thor trilogy. These trilogies not only launched the MCU, but also remained a constant of the series throughout the years. These are what brought everything together and developed the core of what the MCU is all about narratively and tonally. And now it’s time for the last of these trilogies to come to an end.

Everybody knows the Avengers is incomplete without everyone’s favorite, ginormous, Shakespearean, hammerhead blondie in a cape to bring it all together. Even if you believe his movies are the weakest of the MCU, you gotta love Thor. In a story of traditional heroes with grounded backstories, Thor and his films provide a necessary sense of variety to the series which I appreciate. So, between my love for the Thor movies, my anticipation for Avengers 3, and the addition of the Hulk of all people to the story, how could I possibly miss the final installment in this often underappracieted trilogy? Let’s see if Ragnarok is worth getting excited for! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Thor — Ragnarok (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

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When thinking about horror movie villains, many memorable and iconic characters may come to one’s mind. Whether it’s more classic villains like Dracula or Frankenstein, slightly more contemporary ones like Freddie Kruger or Jason Vorhees, or even cult favorites like Chucky or Eraserhead, horror films have captured the imaginations of many with these clever, conniving, and threatening characters. However, what list of popular horror villains would be complete without the clown prince of nightmares (not to be confused with the clown prince of “crime”) himself, Pennywise the Dancing Clown — otherwise simply known as It? Continue reading SBox Recommends: It (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Spider-Man — Homecoming (Movie Review)

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This was far and away my most anticipated film of 2017. I’ve loved Spider-Man with a passion ever since Tobey Maguire first played him when I was 4 years old. I’ve seen every movie and loved them all (yes, even the bad ones), and few people were as excited as me when Spidey was finally announced to join the MCU. This excitement was further solidified by the fact that the character stole the show in Civil War last year, and making us all wish this movie would just come already. And come it finally did. Was it worth the wait? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Spider-Man — Homecoming (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Transformers – The Last Knight (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “Every film has its fans”. Here I review a movie and then determine who will like it best and who will like it the least.

Let me start by saying I’m sorry. I do realize the gravity of what I’ve just done. I know that by seeing this in the theater (on opening day) I’m directly contributing to the problem these movies cause — a problem I promised myself to try and extinguish by simply staying home. All I had to do was just wait 2 measly weeks for Spider-Man, but no. I caved and saw this movie anyway, knowing it was a terrible idea. In my defense, T-Mobile made me do it. They offered tickets to the movie at just $4 and we were just so bored that day… more like weak.

I gave this movie my money and I’ll have to live with that now. The question now is should you do the same? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Transformers – The Last Knight (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Wonder Woman (Movie Review)

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If there was any series in Hollywood that deserves a break, it’s the DCEU. The closest equivalent to Disney’s MCU, the young series has yet to prove itself as a viable competitor to the Marvel brand. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad were unable to find unanimous praise with critics and audiences, and only one of them can really be defined as not a financial disappointment. This made 2017 an incredibly important year for the DCEU, as it may be its last chance to dazzle audience with its two offerings. Each is as important as the other, but only one of them has the misfortune of being first. And so comes the million dollar question: Can Wonder Woman save the DCEU? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Wonder Woman (Movie Review)