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Apologies & Updates

Greetings, my faithful readers!

I apologize for my long absence, things on my end of life have been exhausting and time consuming. But I would like to take this time to update you all on where I've been and what I've been doing in my time away.

To begin with, I've decided to take this blog/website into the audio realm and have created the weekly "Mike Talks Movies" podcast. The show is distributed through Anchor and is available EVERYWHERE that podcasts are streamed. Right now the show drops on Monday mornings, and has 4 segments:

"What's Hot?"

An in-depth look at one super hot piece of movie news "Schmoedown Recap" Taking a look back at the Movie Trivia Schmoedown matches that aired to the public in the previous week "Box Office Breakdown" Seeing how much money was made at the box office over the weekend "Movie Night Previews" Seeing what's opening this week in theaters! I've been without a new episode for the last…

Mike & Shane Rank All 52 Marvel Films

Recently, The Wrap posted an article ranking all 52 films ever released by Marvel (both MCU and non-MCU) and frankly...I had a LOT  of problems with it.

So I collaborated with my friend, videographer and movie snob Shane Kinder, to come up with our own lists. So what I have for you is our rankings of all 52 Marvel films of all time.

Shane's Rankings:Guardians of the GalaxyLoganCaptain America: Winter SoldierDeadpoolSpider-Man: HomecomingThor: RagnarokSpider-Man 2Doctor StrangeAvengers: Infinity WarCaptain America: Civil War Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2Deadpool 2The AvengersBlack PantherIron ManCaptain America: The First AvengerSpider-ManAvengers: Age of UltronX-Men: First ClassX-Men Origins: WolverineBig Hero 6The Amazing Spider-ManAnt-ManAnt-Man and The WaspBladeX-MenFantastic Four (2005)DaredevilFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferX-Men: Days of Future PastX2: X-Men UnitedBlade: TrinityBlade 2X-Men: ApocalypseThe WolverineHoward the DuckIron Man 3The Amazing Spider-Man 2I…

Review - "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018)

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I decided to wait a while before posting this review. For a couple of reasons, really. I wanted to give enough time for as many people to see it as possible, because my spoiler section of this review is gonna be saturated. But mainly I needed the extra time to process what I had seen in the theaters. Even after a second viewing, I still couldn't quite wrap my head around everything right away.


Now we've all heard the same cliche lines about this movie a thousand times already:

"It's the culmination of 10 years on film making and story telling!"
"It's a movie so big it should have been impossible to make!"
"It took almost 20 films to get here!"

There, they've been said, they're out of the way.

I've been trying to come up with a spoiler-free way to discuss this movie for the select few that haven't had an opportunity to see this film yet.

Here's the best I can do:

Thanos, the Mad Titan that was teased at the end of The Av…

Review - "A Quiet Place" (2018)

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It's April, which means we're finally getting passed what's traditionally been the dumping ground part of the year for movies. Sure we've had a few gems, such as Black Panther, Game Night, and Love Simon. But we've had considerably more films in the vein of Fifty Shades Freed, Death Wish, and Midnight Sun. As the days go by, we inch closer and closer to blockbuster season. And what better way to really kick things off then with a horror/thriller passion project like A Quiet Place.

So let's talk about it.

The film is directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film and co-wrote it along with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. Starring alongside Krasinski are his wife Emily Blunt and child actors Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward.

The film tells the story of a family living in the not-so-distant future when a strange race of creatures have begun hunting humans, tracking them by sound, forcing humans to live their lives in total silence to avoid bein…

Review - "Ready Player One" (2018)

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“READY PLAYER ONE” Review

Hey! Remember Back to the Future? What about Atari? And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Do you remember King Kong and The Shining and Gundam and Street Fighter? Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Wreck-It Ralph was more geared towards adults? No, you haven't been eating too many “member berries” again. Those aren't real. But chances are you've just seen a preview for Steven Spielberg's latest big budget flick Ready Player One.


So let's talk about it.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

If you've read the book, there's not much I'm going to tell you that you don't already know. There are some small differences from the book in the film, but the overall story remains the same. Things weren't necessarily changed so much as they were omitted or condensed.

For those who HAVEN'T read the book...

The story itself isn't anything too unique: a sort of a coming-of-age tale of a young underdog who bites off a bit more than he …

The DCEU: Who's REALLY Overreacting?

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The DCEU is in trouble! Things are falling apart! They have no plan and don't know how to run their cinematic universe!

Sound familiar?

Constant streams of click bait articles and hasty over reactions from media outlets would have you think that DC and Warner Bros. are grasping at straws to get their own shared cinematic universe off the ground, despite only being three films deep. And, while it is true those first three films haven't been the critical treasure trove they had hoped for, the notion that things are already at the end of their rope is both a hasty generalization and an illogical exaggeration.

Now, I'm not one to compare the DCEU to the MCU, but in this case, I feel that it's not only appropriate, but also necessary.

In 2008, Marvel released Iron Man to much love and success. Prior to its release, the film industry had been a proverbial swamp land of much maligned superhero/comic book films: Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, X-Men: T…

Review – ‘Argo’ (2012, dir. Ben Affleck)

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5 years late, I know.
I just saw this for the first time this week and it left me feeling like I really needed to talk about it.
‘Argo’ is a film directed by Ben Affleck that tells the story of the “Canadian Caper” – a covert operation headed up by Tony Mendez (Affleck) to extract six Americans from Tehran during a massive hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Iran. The plan? Make a fake movie that they can pretend to be filming in Iran so that the six Americans can pose as the film crew as a means of escaping unnoticed.
Now, let’s not beat around the bush – I loved this movie. Loved it. The problem with movies like this one is that sometimes it’s hard to buy into the “suspense” of the story because you already know the outcome – you know they’re all going to make it out alive and in one piece. That makes it the job of the director to create an exposition that causes the audience to suspend their disbelief without realizing they’re doing it. The director must paint a picture of a true-…