Star Trek Beyond: I Really Wanted to Like This Movie

I’m seriously surprised at how much I didn’t like Star Trek Beyond. As of this writing, I’ve made my way through two-thirds of The Original Series, in addition to two seasons of The Next Generation and all-but-two of the Trek films. I make no claim to be a hardcore or lifelong fan of this franchise/universe, but I love it very much.

Which is why I’m wondering if I saw a different movie than everyone else who has reviewed Star Trek Beyond and sung its praises.

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Regarding Captain Marvel

Recently, I have been seeing multiple posts online about the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Captain Marvel. Specifically, how many doubt this movie will actually be made due to a perceived lack of casting rumors/general development from Marvel Studios. There are also those that believe Marvel solely announced this movie at Disney’s own Comic-Con, D23, as a response to Warner Brothers (finally) making a Wonder Woman movie. I’d like to set the record straight. Time for some backstory!

A while ago over at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige had to answer to a man named Ike Perlmutter. Ike originally came from the world of toy companies, and had a habit of wanting Marvel projects to be done as cheaply as possible, and also vetoed attempts to make more Marvel products based on their female characters. It took Feige a very very long time to get Captain Marvel greenlit, despite the character’s popularity, most likely because of Perlmutter. There also used to be a “creative committee” made up of Marvel executives and writers that would constantly give notes on projects. The kind of notes that made Edgar Wright decide to leave Ant-Man. The kind of notes that may have played down Janet/Wasp’s role in Ant-Man. Again, despite the character’s popularity. When there was a massive disagreement on the budget of Captain America: Civil War, Feige got so frustrated that he threatened to quit Marvel unless Perlmutter was taken out of the picture. Now, Perlmutter is only in charge of the television division, while Feige only directly answers to Disney chief Alan Horn. (sources 12, and 3)

So, with this newfound power, guess what the first thing Feige did was? He got three more Marvel movies greenlit, along with an Ant-Man sequel with Wasp in the title. People complained about Janet not being Wasp in the movie, as well as not being given much to do, and the sequel is telling us that is being rectified with its title. (source)

Did Ant-Man and the Wasp push back Captain Marvel? Yes. By a few months. Does this mean she’s not a priority at Marvel? No!

There are two female writers attached to the project. Nicole Perlman, who wrote the original draft of Guardians of the Galaxy before James Gunn came in. And Meg LeFauve, who recently co-wrote a little movie you may have heard of called Inside Out. (source)

Here are some casting rumors for you: Emily Blunt has been so heavily rumored she had to acknowledge those rumors (and makes an excellent point about actresses being rumored for leading action roles, btw) (source). Ronda Rousey is literally campaigning for the role (source). Rebecca Ferguson has also been rumored (source).

Also, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers very nearly appeared in a cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. But since her inclusion would have literally been a couple of seconds of footage, and because most people who don’t follow comics have no idea who she is, Marvel and co. decided to hold off and establish Carol Danvers in her own movie instead of shoehorning an awkward cameo at the end of an already-overstuffed movie. (source)

Also, Marvel didn’t announce Captain Marvel at D23 this past year. They actually announced this movie in October 2014 (source).

Marvel is not a perfect company. It has taken far too long for them to have a female-led movie. This is a problem Hollywood has in general. But people need to do some research on these movies before assuming the worst. Captain Marvel is coming. Nothing is going to prevent that.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Can We Have Our Heroes Back Now?

Let’s get this first part out of the way: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an objectively bad movie. Its characters are woefully underdeveloped, with unclear motivation at every turn. The editing is some of the worst ever done for a big-budget Hollywood production. And there are so many dream sequences in this movie, without any attempt at transition or clarification, that at a certain point I resigned myself to not knowing what the reality of this movie would be for the remainder of its running time.

There’s also the Martha scene.

I’m just not touching that. It’s an embarrassment of bad storytelling. Others have dealt with that scene, and its stupidity. I won’t, because I am incapable of giving that scene more attention than it has already received.

Still with me? All right, let’s get to what is really wrong with this movie. And Zack Snyder as a superhero filmmaker.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Edit: This is the first of a few reviews from my tumblr that I will be re-posting here.

I feel bad for Andrew Garfield. (I’m very well-aware that he’s probably very stable financially, and also dating Emma Stone, but that’s not what I am referring to.) I feel bad that he is an actor with a great understanding of the character he plays, has openly discussed what makes the character interesting and what about the character could change, and despite all of this, he ends up with a creative team that does not share this understanding.

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