In a surprise move, Disney is bringing James Gunn off the bench to driect Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 3. The studio apparently realized it made a mistake when it fired the director over decade-old tweets. I am glad to see that Disney has realized the error of its ways. Guardians 3 would have been a lot worse off with Gunn’s hand to guide it. In fact, the MCU in general would have had a gaping hole had he not been there. Gunn is a crucial part of Marvel’s plan for Phase 4 of the MCU. They needed him back more than they know. EndGame Trailer is Underwhelming If there is one thing I DON’T want from EndGame, it’s a nostalgia trip. Marvel has been so good about connecting the films to the past without trying to twist emotions into […]

EP224: James Gunn Returns

I’m going to tell you right now, this review won’t do this movie justice. I’m tired and I’m short on time this evening. But really, any review you read will not do this movie justice. Captain Marvel doesn’t just match the typical “guy” comic-book films, it exceeds them. And it does it with the typical wit and suspense you’d expect from a Marvel movie. There were so many things that were truly unique and refreshing about this movie. For one, they treated her like an actual hero and allowed her to get punched in the face by the bad guys. So often, female super heroes never get to show their power because they are rarely shown taking hits. Marvel is guilty of this with Black Widow. But Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) took some very onscreen hits, which showed Marvel valued her […]

EP223: Captain Marvel Soars

I don’t have a lot of time this week. Work and kids are getting crazy around the exact same time. I suppose that’s Dad life. So, first, I want to give a huge thanks to Kristin for stepping in to host the podcast this week. Second, here is the news! Big Star Wars Land Updates! Changes Afoot at Rotten Tomatoes     Landmark Fox Fraud Arbitration Judgment   Disney Looking to Purchase WarnerMedia’s 10% Stake in Hulu   ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Box Office on Track to Beat ‘Infinity War’ Weekend Record   Emma Thompson Drops Out of Skydance Movie ‘Luck’ in Protest of Lasseter’s Hiring

EP222: New Details On Galaxy’s Edge

It is probably a no-brainer move for Disney to strictly cut off its brand from anything that even hints of pedophilia. After all, they are one of the most trusted brands for families with kids. But recently, Disney has been thrown into the unwilling spotlight of policing pedophilia content on other sites. That’s what happened this week on YouTube, when a user pointed out how easy it was to find content aimed at pedophiles on the platform. In response, Disney and several other major brands pulled their advertising revenue from YouTube. While I understand and support the message Disney was trying to send, this moves strikes me as a little hypocritical. YouTube has done a lot to combat pedophilia while Disney has uploaded content from its shows that feature young children. I also haven’t heard how Disney plans to combat […]

EP221: Disney Pulls YouTube Ads Over Pedophilia

When the Grammy’s end and everyone is talking  about a trailer you debuted, that could be a very good thing. but in Disney’s case, it was a bad thing. A very bad thing. Grown adults shuddered at the site of a blue, muscular Genie (Will Smith) as he approached a poor, defenseless Aladdin (Mena Massoud). We gasped knowing we would have to wait until May 24, to find out whether young Aladdin can escape the clutches of the horrid blue monster. The trailer says the film is not yet rated, but I suspect the MPAA might give it the rarely used TTY rating — short for ten thousand years, the amount of time someone should be imprisoned for green lighting that image. And yet, I feel compelled to include the video and allow you to subject yourself to the torture. […]

EP220: How Disney Blue Aladdin’s Special Look

It’s rare for Disney to surprise me. I don’t mean that in a negative way. It’s just that I’m pretty deep down the rabbit hole. I’ve seen movies go from rumors to box office blow outs. And I read and see a LOT about Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm each week. I try to stay well-informed, but Purl caught me completely off guard. I knew that Pixar had launched SparkShorts in January. It was something I glossed over because I figured it would be a way to fill their director pipeline. In fact, Pixar Animation Studios President Jim Morris said as much during the launch. “The SparkShorts program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows,” he said in a release. What I didn’t know was that this content was free to be above PG. […]

EP219: Pixar’s ‘Purl’ Will Kick Their A**

Hopefully you enjoyed the super bowl. In the universe of Disney it’s the perfect time to launch trailers for family films and action flicks alike. We’ll have more on those next week. For now we all were shocked by a few comments from Bob Iger over the past week. Bob Iger’s 40% Challenge Last week Bob Iger was hit with questions about the ‘4 percent challenge’, a movement to bring more female directors into Hollywood. The name comes from a study that showed women made up just 4 percent of the directors of the top hollywood films. The goal is to have all of the major studios to commit to hiring at least one female director over the next 18 months. Universal Studios was the first to take up the challenge, tweeting: Universal Pictures’ Peter Cramer, Focus Features’ Peter Kujawski […]

EP218: The Most Useless MCU Movie

I’m changing things up just a little on the podcast and on the website. I want to bring a few new things to the show, but that means I have to let some old things go. I’m going to be a little less formal about some things and hopefully more consistent. It will all be a learning experience, but I hope you will be along with me for the ride and offer plenty of feedback. ‘Black Panther’ Gets Oscar Nod for Best Picture Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy that Black Panther — an unapologetic, Marvel action movie with a majority black cast — is up for Best Picture at the Oscars. It is certainly a historic moment for cinema and culture in general. Is it worthy of the nomination? Absolutely. Will it win? No. But excuse me if I keep the champagne […]

EP217: Disney’s Oscar Curse