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
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
Thursday was quite the eventful day for a variety of reasons. For one, the FCC and Ajit Pai have finally achieved their dream of killing Net Neutrality, completely disregarding consumer well-being for the sake of filling the already full pockets of a handful of individuals. As you can tell, I’m pissed, but we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about the good things that happened that day, like Disney buying 20th Century Fox for the low, low price of $56 billion.
It’s been the topic on everyone’s mind for the past month, but it’s finally time for me to talk about it. Through Disney’s purchase of most of Fox’s assets, Disney has gone from the top movie studio on the market to… well, the top movie studio on the market by an even bigger margin. This deal has massive reach and a lot of properties are now under the Disney banner, such as Avatar, Planet of the Apes, The Simpsons, X-Files, Predator, and Family Guy. Most of all, Marvel Studios now has access to the final 3 properties outside Disney’s reach: X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Should Disney Reboot the X-Men or Just Leave It Be? (Part 1)
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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.
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)
Over the weekend, Disney fans everywhere were treated to an onslaught of news, trailers, and info as the company held the fifth ever D23 expo. A biennial convention dedicated exclusively for all things Disney, the convention has become a coveted tradition for Disnerds, Pixar-tards, Marvel maniacs, and Star Wars geeks to get the down-low on upcoming Disney movies. And those who attend the convention in Anahiem get to experience much more with exclusive products, panels, events, and even… exclusive footage… Huh, so that’s what jealousy feels like.
Normally I don’t pay much attention to D23, but upon learning about it 2 years ago I decided to actually keep my ear to the ground this time. I’m very glad I did, too, because I left the convention period with so much joy and anticipation that I simply have to share it with you guys! So here are some of the big news updates that stuck out to me and what I thought of them. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: D23 2017 News Round-Up
Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!
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.
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)
Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe hosts a great many characters in their movies, from Iron Man to Ant-Man to Spider-Man, not all Marvel characters are created equal. In fact, Marvel Studios has access to all but 3 of their biggest franchises’ film rights: Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool. Still, many fans of the Marvel characters and their films hope for a day when… you know what? Fuck it. This is part 3 of this series and I’ve started them nearly the same way every time. You get the point by now.
For those of you who are joining us for the first time, welcome! I’ve been going through all 3 of the Marvel properties owned by 20th Century FOX and discussing some of the ways Marvel Studios and Disney could go about hypothetically bringing these characters into the MCU. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Deadpool Can Fit Into the MCU
While the MCU is massive in terms of characters — Thor, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Black Panther, etc. — most fans know that the series is missing a few key characters. These characters — the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool — have been notably absent from the ever-growing Marvel film playground despite having a great amount of importance in the comics. This unfortunate reality has led many to hope for a day when these FOX-owned properties will be reunited with their friends over at Disney. But where could these characters fit if and when they do come back into the fray?
In this 3 part miniseries, I plan on tackling this question with each of the FOX-owned Marvel franchises, discussing some of the ways Marvel Studios could merge these characters into the MCU. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How the X-Men Can Fit Into the MCU
Despite the Marvel Cinematic Universe hosting a massive line of characters — such as the Avengers, Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — there’s still a sense that the MCU is somewhat incomplete. It’s hard not to think that way when you compare the Marvel comics to what’s actually playing in theaters and notice the absence of 3 big franchises from the Avengers-canon: Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and X-Men. These 3 franchises make up the FOX/Marvel stable, the only characters Marvel and Disney lack access to in terms of film and television, much to the dismay of most fans who want to see the characters finally reunited on the big screen. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How the Fantastic Four Can Fit in the MCU
Last year saw the release of Deadpool, one of the most unique superhero films in recent memory and an instantaneous hit for the house of X-Men. Through its unique blend of raunchy comedy, exciting violence, fourth-wall breaks, and chimichangas, Deadpool has won over the hearts of untold millions worldwide. It propelled Deadpool from a moderately known comic book character to a pop culture icon.
Nowadays, it’s commonplace to see Deadpool on shirts, games, hats, memes, and other memorabilia, along with a modest and somewhat watered-down presence on TV. Lately, Deadpool’s TV presence has been limited to Disney XD shows like Ultimate Spider-Man, which is nice other than it being a cameo on a G-rated show. If only there were a way to make Deadpool’s TV presence a little more… how would Deadpool put this?… Sexier. Yeah, let’s go with that!
Enter Donald Glover Continue reading SBox Quickie: A Deadpool Animated TV Show Is Coming!