Midway (2019): A Surprisingly Solid Film

I’ve previously discussed Midway (1976) as an example of a well done Battle Epic.  However, some people may not be aware that there is a more recent version.  Midway (2019) covers the events of the exact same battle with updated cinematography.  Many fans of war movies decided to ignore it upon seeing the trailers due to its superficial resemblance to Pearl Harbor (2001).  Upon seeing the film, I would say that skipping it is a mistake.

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Black Widow: Right Movie at the Wrong Time

When Black Widow (2021) came out only a few months ago, it was met by mixed reviews.  As someone who has watched every other MCU movie, I felt obligated to watch it at some point but the negative reviews didn’t enthuse me.  So, I didn’t go out of my way to see it but added it to my “to watch” list.  I just got around to watching it and now I regret waiting so long.  It is a good movie and I suspect the negativity of it isn’t the fault of the movie but an aspect of a broader studio issue.

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Shang-Chi: A Showcase of the Difference Between the Action and Martial Arts Genres

From a cinephile standpoint, it is pretty easy to regard the past decade’s deluge of Superhero movies as simply the latest trend in the Action Genre.  People who are not fond of this genre of movies will often complain of how sick they are of all of the superheroes.  However, those that are fond of the Action Genre have been able to recognize how the various Superhero movies have been hitting the various subgenres to Action.

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Star Wars: A Fandom Divided Against Itself

There is a saying: “No one hates Star Wars more than Star Wars fans.”  I have found that sentiment to be unarguably correct but I have spoken to many people who find themselves confused by this.  Detractors exist in all fandoms but I have yet to see a fandom as passionately divided as Star Wars can get.  I believe the answer is buried in the core of what made Star Wars work in the first place.

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Mulan: A Dreadful Misunderstanding of Music and Soldiers

Mulan (2020) is a movie with a lot of problems.  Many people have covered the various aspects of the movie that didn’t work and some have even covered why the music doesn’t work.  However, there was one comment from the director that doesn’t get enough attention.  In my mind, it speaks to a disrespectful misunderstanding of both military and musical tradition and it also shows an ignorance of cinematic history that is baffling in the director of a big-budget film.

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