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Freeze Frame 11/17/2017

From East of West #35 by Nick Dragotta & Frank Martin

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Freeze Frame 1/28/2017

From Doom Patrol #4 by Nick Derrington & Tamra Bonvillan
From Doom Patrol #4 by Nick Derrington & Tamra Bonvillain

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This Year’s Finest 2016: Film

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Spoilers (but not many)

2016 might have witnessed a fair amount of upheaval, but one thing remained constant: Hollywood’s love of superheroes is as strong as ever. While DC sat out 2015, Marvel saw three of their properties in theaters; this year The Big Two had six combined. Next year that will edge up to seven. In addition, geek-favorite franchises Star Trek and Star Wars continued their multi-year missions through galaxies far, far away. Almost all of them raked the ticket sales (analysists were divided on whether Star Trek Beyond fell short of breaking even or turned a modest profit). Either way, neither profit margins nor quantity of films produced equal quality. 2016 was a very mixed year in terms of artistic merit, as fans could be forgiven for experiencing whiplash when trying to create a double bill for some of these movies. Some films excelled by being able to break new ground, while others entertained with well-executed tried and true formulas. Some were an utter mess (and not simply in their murky CGI sequences). It could have been worse; viewers were denied anything quite as terrible as last year’s Fantastic Four. Then again, that is placing the bar quite low.

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Freeze Frame 12/23/2016

From Ether #2 by David Rubin
From Ether #2 by David Rubin

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Doctor Strange is Green Lantern Done Right

Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange has become a worldwide hit, won acclaim and opened the doors for more eccentric material for future films. It’s also strikingly familiar in many ways to 2011’s Green Lantern from Warner Brother’s studios. Skeptical? Read on for the proof…  Continue reading Doctor Strange is Green Lantern Done Right

Do You Believe in Magic?

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Before the rise of Science Fiction, most stories used mysticism and the supernatural as the methods of development while today, plots often rely on speculative science or modern ideas of reality over spells, potions, incantations, and curses. While the Big Two are not necessarily adverse to magic, they seem shy about relying on it. Continue reading Do You Believe in Magic?

Review of Doctor Strange

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For a production company that is faulted at times for sticking to a very specific formula, Marvel Studios takes a fair amount of risks. The most obvious of these is a willingness to base big budget movies around B-List characters. However, as Ant-Man demonstrated last year and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, viewers are eager to embrace heroes who previously had little, if any, exposure outside of fan culture. This combined with a mixing of subgenres (science-fiction space opera, heist caper family drama) has helped keep the formula from growing stale. Yes, the standard tropes are still there, but, in the best movies, they blend with more unique elements. This is definitely the case with Doctor Strange, the most recent entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its mixture of technical prowess and strong ensemble acting crafts a film which is equal parts awe-inspiring and humane. Central to the movie’s success, same as Captain America Civil War earlier this year, is the conviction that the spectacle must be anchored with compelling character work.

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Freeze Frame 8/5/2016

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From Paper Girls #8 by Cliff Chiang & Matt Wilson

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SDCC: Marvel Unveils New Doctor Strange Trailer

And now Doctor Strange looks even more trippy . . .

At their San Diego Comic Con panel, Marvel Studios released a new trailer for their fall film Doctor Strange. The new preview emphasizes Stephen’s training in the mystic arts in full mind-bending detail. In addition, it features a fuller glimpse of Chiwetal Ejiofor’s Baron Mardo and Benedict Wong’s Wong. Also an awesome trick with a cape.

Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, opens on November 4th 2016.

Cheers.

Freeze Frame 6/24/2016

From Pretty Deadly #10 by Emma Rios & Jordie Bellaire
From Pretty Deadly #10 by Emma Rios & Jordie Bellaire

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