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My Thoughts on ‘The Suicide Squad’

Years ago I expressed my thoughts in my review of Suicide Squad where I pointed out that the next lame entry in the DCEU was a failed attempt at trying to recapture the magic of Guardians of the Galaxy. I even stated that James Gunn should be hired to remake the film considering that he has a knack for bringing wacky comic book superheroes (or in this case, antiheroes) to life.

Well, he was hired to create a reboot called The Suicide Squad and after two trailers my interest in this movie has plummeted severely.

There’s a lot of things wrong with this movie already but let’s start with the obvious; the jokes. James Gunn was canceled a few years back because some old tweets featuring him joking about pedophilia and rape were found.

Marvel Studios briefly fired him and then brought him back. In the time that he was fired DC Comics ran at him for the opportunity to direct The Suicide Squad.

This film, being rated R, is allowing Gunn to truly showcase his wackiness, or more nicely put in the trailer, his “horribly beautiful mind” and I’m not a fan.

The jokes are not funny and yes, a little more than a bit perverted. I mean, am I supposed to laugh at the idea of that dumb-looking Weasel thing killing 27 children? That’s horrific! Or John Cena wondering if the term Starfish is referring to a butthole? Is that supposed to make me fall back in my chair and guffaw?

Taika Waititi did the same thing in Thor: Ragnarok when he called the biggest gateway in Sakaar that Thor and co. had to travel through the “Devil’s Anus” but it was actually funny. The Suicide Squad‘s jokes are very, very cringe and that’s already a no-no.

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Movie Review Flashback: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is Another Taika Waititi Must-Watch

There are two writer/directors that are making waves in both blockbuster films and thoughtful Oscar-buzz worthy movies. They are Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson.

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In 2017, Waititi and Johnson got a chance to share their writing chops with blockbuster movies that moved the particular stories in bold new directions. Waitit helped direct and steer the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, in a direction that was both brilliant and very entertaining. Thor, whose first two previous movies are considered on the bottom of totem pole in the MCU desperately needed an upgrade and Waititi’s vision gave him a story worth caring about while allowing Chris Hemsworth to let his comedic chops shine.

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Here is the Full Cast List of James Gunn’s Reimagining of ‘Suicide Squad’

The DC Fandome will be taking place in twelve days and the free online virtual event will feature sneak peeks at all of the upcoming DC Comics movies and several television shows. One such movie is The Suicide Squad and before we get whatever sneak peek we’ll be getting by James Gunn on the highly-anticipated reboot of Suicide Squad let’s take at the new and improved cast. Enjoy!

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Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, who was actually the only good thing about Suicide Squad. I’m relieved. Continue reading Here is the Full Cast List of James Gunn’s Reimagining of ‘Suicide Squad’

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is Another Taika Waititi Must-Watch

There are two writer/directors that are making waves in both blockbuster films and thoughtful Oscar-buzz worthy movies. They are Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson.

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In 2017, Waititi and Johnson got a chance to share their writing chops with blockbuster movies that moved the particular stories in bold new directions. Waitit helped direct and steer the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, in a direction that was both brilliant and very entertaining. Thor, whose first two previous movies are considered on the bottom of totem pole in the MCU desperately needed an upgrade and Waititi’s vision gave him a story worth caring about while allowing Chris Hemsworth to let his comedic chops shine.

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Rian Johnson did the same thing with The Last Jedi but unlike Thor: Ragnarok which would ultimately receive critical acclaim from critics and fans alike The Last Jedi was met with a barrage of searing vitriol as the Star Wars fandom was split straight down the middle. Some fans thought it was a moment of masterful storytelling. Others felt like their entire childhood had been sent into flames before their very eyes, culminating in a movie that was just too upsetting to handle.

And then last year, Taika and Rian would return with brand new films set to an entirely different tone. Waititi would release Jojo Rabbit, a dark comedy about a ten-year-old Nazi enthusiast whose imaginary best friend is Adolf Hitler and Johnson would make Knives Out, a film that’s considered to be one of the best whodunnit flicks of all time with its masterful twists and turns.

Both filmmakers know the importance of a good yet simple setting and perfect casting but only one film, despite both being nominated for Oscar nominations, brought home its writer/director an Oscar win and that was Jojo Rabbit, and for good reason.

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Waititi bluntly throws in the faces of all that watch this film the sheer stupidity of hatred and how it corrupts otherwise good and decent people, turning them into monsters for no reason whatsoever.

Jojo, the protagonist of the story, loves everything about the Nazis and thinks that Jews are the worst creations on the planet, because that is what he has been taught, but when he discovers a Jew girl secretly living in the attic of his house his entire world changes.

It’s a brilliantly written, perfectly crafted story that takes its time to build to the climactic end. I’m not going to lie. I found myself crying quite a bit in the last thirty minutes of the movie.

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One of the film’s six Oscar nominations went to Scarlet Johansson and I have to say, she totally deserved it. She portrays Jojo’s mother with such sureness that she feels like a perfectly written character who brings a lot of heart to the story. There is one particular scene that probably garnered her the nomination in the first place that comes to mind when I think of how great of a job she did in this movie.

No, Jojo Rabbit definitely didn’t deserve the big win which is of course Best Picture but it deserves its nomination for such an honor because it is that good. Its dark comedy fills the movie with that classic Waititi humor but the seriousness of the story’s subject matter reminds you over and over again that even though you may laugh it isn’t funny.

I’m going to give this movie a solid 97 out 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not the best movie I’ve seen but it is way better than I expected and it deserves all the praise it can get. I can’t wait to see what Taika Waititi can do with Thor: Love and Thunder and the new Star Wars movie which he will write and direct.

It’s going to be fun, brilliant, and masterful.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Which Movie Is Your Favorite?

Marvel has made plenty of entertaining films that have left fans of all ages clamoring for more but there are those rare gems in the franchise that are truly outstanding movies. Marvel is heralded for its incredible use of humor and Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok is among the funniest installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what makes them so great isn’t just the numerous amount of jokes but the truly enjoyable storyline and characters. Both of these films with its laugh-out-loud humor and vibrant colors brought a standard to the Marvel’s funnier installments and have become ultimate fan favorites.

That’s why, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I decided to make this the topic. Here’s a closer look at each film’s similar aspects. Continue reading ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Which Movie Is Your Favorite?

The Guardians of the Galaxy Will Reportedly Appear in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Vin Diesel is making his rounds for his new movie, Bloodshot, and during a recent interview he revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder. That totally makes sense considering that the last time we saw Thor he was hitching a ride with the Guardians at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Will they play a major role in the film? Unlikely. However, knowing they will be in the movie is exciting nonetheless.

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