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SBox Recommends: Wonder Woman (Movie Review)

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Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where I see a movie, review it, and then find out if this movie is right for you!

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)

SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

If you were to ask me how 2016 stacked up to previous years in terms of films, I’d probably define it as “underwhelming”. It was an odd year for big budget movies, where most of the year’s most anticipated films ended up disappointing audiences, as was the case with Batman v Superman, Ghostbusters, Independence Day 2 and Jason Bourne among others. Meanwhile, the best films of the year existed below the surface, often raking in middling returns and going unnoticed — such is the fate of The Nice Guys and Kubo and the Two Strings. I enjoyed a lot of films in 2016 (as you’ll see in the 2016 Movie Countdown), but for what it’s worth, I’m hoping 2017 is a lot better.

As is tradition here on The Ranting SBox, I start every year with a list of my most anticipated films of the new year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Fall 2016 TV Roundup (Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Empire, The Flash & Supergirl)


I’ve been trying for years to get an idea like this off the ground, but this year I’m just gonna go for it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a new biannual segment I like to call TV Roundup. Instead of covering certain TV shows individually come the end of their season/mid-season, I’ll just briefly give my thoughts on them all in one place. Hopefully, I can make this a regular thing which would come after the last episode of every show I watch has aired.

This Fall I saw a total of 5 shows regularly. There were a couple more I did watch, but I’ll just focus on the big ones I tuned into every week. I’ll go through each show individually and give my brief thoughts on each. And don’t worry. I’ll do my best to not spoil too much if you’re still a couple episodes behind. (Though some things I can’t help but spoil). Continue reading Fall 2016 TV Roundup (Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Empire, The Flash & Supergirl)

SBox Analyzes: The Flash Season 3 Predictions

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Early this year during my winter break, I decided to finally take the plunge and delve into the DC Television Universe. I was putting it off for a while at the time as something I’d get to eventually, but one day boredom preceded me enough to put my procrastination aside. I took to Netflix that day to find a full season of The Flash waiting for me. Roughly three days later I emerged victorious, adding one more show to my watchlist. That was one hell for a binging session, one I’d recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who has a bit of time and a love of lighthearted, comedic action shows with somewhat of a villain of the week format. You won’t regret it.

As of right now we’re less than a weeks removed from the show’s prominent return with Season 3. Season 2 proved to be a great adventure in multidimensional awesomeness. It brought a ton of surprises and twists our way, introduced us to many new characters (as well as new versions of preexisting ones), and ultimately put the show’s core story in one hell of an interesting spot towards the end. Of course most people already know of Season 2’s jaw-dropping cliffhanger simply by the show’s title. If you somehow aren’t and plan to become a member of S.T.A.R. labs in the near or distant future, then make like the Flash and zoom out of here quickly, because this post will contain spoilers for Season 1 and 2. Continue reading SBox Analyzes: The Flash Season 3 Predictions

My Quick Thoughts on the Batman v Superman leaked trailer

I am making this post now while the trailer is still fresh in my mind and while the video can still be found. That way I will regret nothing when the video can no longer be seen.

Yes, the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a very big presence at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014. We got everything from the Batman suit display, to the first Wonder Woman image, to the dimly-lit Bat-selfie. What we unfortunately didn’t get was the trailer. Oh it was there alright, but not for the eyes of mere mortals like you and I who couldn’t attend Comic Con. We have to wait for Warner Bros and DC to make such awesomeness public… or do we?

Thanks to our sneaky little friends who were at Comic Con who used their camera, the whole gets to see what they saw that fateful day. For those watching this in the not-so-distant future who won’t be seeing this for a good while, here’s what was shown in short.

It all starts with Batman on a rooftop turning on the Bat signal. The signal shines on a flying Superman who looks down to Batman. Batman looks back to Superman with glowing white eyes, and Superman retaliates by showing his red eyes. And then… there was the logo.

I feel bad if you didn’t see the trailer in time because, believe me, it’s much more awesome than it sounds. It’s such a simplistic and seemingly insignificant value of about a minute, but it’s so cool!

Now I’m not the biggest comic book guy at all. I am not the guy to go as in-depth as a die-hard fan would, but I still have a small bit to share.

For one thing, I like how the Batman suit looks in motion. We’ve seen a few instances of the suit in pictures and snippets, but we haven’t actually seen that thing with Ben Affleck doing things in it. It seems kind of slow yet it manages to seem menacing almost as if it’s calculating every move. Really intimidating and awesome stuff, even though we don’t see his face.

In a way, they should just not show the eyes of either. I like it that way. It captures the more cartoony (I don’t mean that in a bad way) nature of the comic book designs. And from what I’ve heard from fans, it looks extremely faithful to the original comic.

Superman’s suit is hard to see, as is everything, but it seems virtually the same as in Man of Steel. It makes sense that Not too much to add here except that I like how Superman’s eyes ended the trailer and lead into the logo; almost to suggest that crap went down right then.

So, that’s my two cents. Sorry this isn’t the most interpretation out there, but there is plenty of places to find the comic fans’ point of view. What did you think of the teaser trailer if you saw it? Did you catch something I didn’t? (Of course you have). Let me know, and we can be excited for the 2016 release together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!