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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)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!

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)

2017 Movie Countdown: The Top 10 (#10-1)

Ladies, gentlemen, and other general peeps, welcome for the last time to The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… aka the 2017 Movie Countdown. For those who are joining us for the first time, this miniseries serves as an annual tradition on this blog where I gather all the movies I saw the previous year and rank them from worst to best, giving my brief thoughts on each as I go.

This year there were 36 movies up for consideration. (See the full list here). We started our journey through the year of 2017 with the worst and most Mediocre offerings of the year. This was shortly followed by discussing the more middle of the road, Good movies of the year, and then a look at 10 of 2017’s Great films. However, it is now time to wrap things up by counting down the… *drum roll please*… Top 10 movies of 2017. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Top 10 (#10-1)

2017 Movie Countdown: The Great (#20-#11)

Welcome back, all ye peeps, to the third installment of the 2017 Movie Countdown (or, if you prefer the longer title, The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown [2017 Edition]). For those of you just joining us, this is Part 3 of a 4 part miniseries where I gather all the 36 movies I saw in the year 2017 and rank them from worst to best, discussing each as I go. This has been a tradition of mine for the past 4 years, and may I’m having a blast making these posts so far. These are always some of the my favorite posts of every year, so I hope you’re enjoying these as much as I am making them.

Anyway, to see the full list of movies I’ll be covering throughout the countdown, click here for the series’ intro post. There you’ll also find links to the previous installments of the countdown, but you can also find those links for Part 1 and Part 2 right here.

Last time we went up a notch from some of the year’s weakest offerings to the more middle of the road films. Now we take things up another notch higher with the “Great” category. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Great (#20-#11)

2017 Movie Countdown: The Good (#27-21)

Welcome back to The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… or as I like to all it, the 2017 Movie Countdown. For those who are joining us for the first time, this is Part 2 in a 4 part mini-series here at The Ranting SBox blog, where I go through all the 36 movies I saw in the year 2017 and rank them from worst to best. To see the full list of movies I’ll be covering during the countdown, click here. While you’re at it, feel free to catch up on the countdown by checking out the previous installment here.

Last time, we went through some of the year’s less savory offerings as well as some movies I was personally disappointed by. This time it’s time to kick it up a notch with this category simply called “The Good”. The following 7 movies are ones that, while far from excellent, I had a good time watching. What separates a movie in the “Good” category from something in the “Mediocre” one is the element of recidivism. Would I watch this movie again willingly? If the answer to that question is yes, then those films are included here and beyond. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Good (#27-21)

2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

Welcome, one and all, to the first installment of The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… also simply known as the 2017 Movie Countdown. For the fourth year in a row, it is my duty and honor to present you guys the 36 movies I saw throughout 2017 ranked from worst to best. If you’d like more information on the mini-series in question or if you’d like to see the full list of movies I’ll be covering in this countdown, click here for the Intro post and join me back here every Sunday from now until February 4 to see how the list continues.

Now, today is not a Sunday, but because I started the countdown late this year I decided to get the first of these 4 posts out as soon as possible. And as you may guess, this post starts with my least favorite films of the year. Thankfully, I only flat-out hated one movie from last year, which means instead of starting with the traditional “Bottom of the Barrel” category, we’re moving right into the next step up: “The Mediocre”. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#36-28)

Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

Greetings one and all, and welcome to yet another year of life on this beautiful planet of ours. What makes this planet so beautiful you may ask? Well, just take a look at all the exciting things that happened last year. There was a guy who turned into a multiple-personality disordered super villain back in January. In February, two teachers got into a fist fight. Giant alien robots were fighting over the summer, and a guy in red and blue spandex teamed up with another guy in a flying metal suit. Some kids fought off a killer clown back in September, and then in December the greatest show ever was put on.

Every year is exciting when you’re a movie fan.

Yes, we here at The Ranting SBox love our movies, which is why I am so happy to kick off 2018 with one of the blog’s longest lasting traditions: the annual movie countdown. For those unfamiliar, every year in January I like to look back at all the movies I saw the previous year (in this case 2017) and cover them from worst to best throughout the months of January and February. It’s one of my favorite things to do on the blog, and despite these countdowns always proving to be a huger endeavor than I realize, I can’t help but look forward to it every year. Continue reading Intro to 2017 Movie Countdown

SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Greetings, one and all! Allow me to personally welcome you to the year 2018. Man, if you are anything like me, just saying the words “welcome to 2018” gives you the chills. Then again, it is pretty cold at the moment, even here in South Florida, so who knows? Maybe those chills are more hypothermia than anything else.

Alternatively, if you’re like me, the fact that it’s 2018 is reason enough to be excited out of your mind. Just look at all the big and exciting movies set to come in the next 365 days of life. Whether it’s the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long-awaited adaptation of your favorite book, a remake of one of your most cherished films, the sequel to one of your favorite movies, or something completely new and original, 2018 appears to have a ton to offer moviegoers over the next 12 months.

Some movies may end up exceeding expectations and other will fall well beneath them, but for now, let’s highlight some of the movies I’m personally the most excited to see this year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

SBox Recommends: The Greatest Showman (Movie Review)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!

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.

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)