With “Endgame” just a month away, it’s time to look back at the most successful cinematic experiment of our time — the Marvel Cinematic Universe — from its billion dollar cinematic heights to its most minor TV outings, to see how well they tell their stories with the means available to them.
This past weekend, the long awaited Mueller Report was released. Or at least, it was given to the Department of Justice, who published a brief four-page summary without disclosing most of what is contained within the actual report.
“Gloria Bell” isn’t your typical coming-of-age movie, and its titular character certainly isn’t your typical coming-of-age protagonist. In a standard coming-of-age film, the protagonist is most likely a teenager or a twenty-something, with the bulk of their life ahead of them.
For die hard Mötley Crüe fans, “The Dirt” may have a bit more appeal because at least then audiences can resonate with the band’s music, which actually takes a backseat role to the heavy focus on the substance abuse and sex that make up the majority of the film. That being said, for non-fans this movie is basically nothing more than a borderline pornographic depiction of rowdy rockers getting into trouble and coping with their inevitable spiral toward addiction.
Following the unqualified success of “Wonder Woman,” the equally unqualified failure of “Justice League” and that time they let James Wan dose the entire world with a cocktail of crack cocaine, LSD, and seaweed, it’s safe to say that the future of the DC films slate is somewhat in flux, to say nothing of the numerous behind-the-scenes shake-ups.