Have you heard of this little indie movie company called Marvel Studios? I think they’re going places. Case in point: their latest small, art-house film Thor: Ragnarok just cleaned up at the box office. The successful Thor: Ragnarok box office intake is good news for Marvel and even better news for the film’s director, Taika Waititi, who should probably have free rein to make whatever film he wants now.
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.)
No one would ever accuse the Marvel Cinematic Universe of being dark and serious, but with Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel goes into full-comedy mode, crafting their funniest film to date. Perhaps finally realizing how inconsequential and dry the Thor films have been, Marvel hired What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi and let him go wild. The results are laugh-out-loud funny, albeit with a caveat: Thor: Ragnarok cares more about landing a great punchline or sight-gag than it does about plot.
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In this special Thor: Ragnarok edition, check out a rundown of a bunch of Easter eggs and comic references from the latest Marvel Studios sequel. Plus, dig into some of the deleted/alternate scenes and unused concepts, and watch director Taika Waititi break down an action sequence involving Thor and Loki. Read More »
Trollhunters, the Netflix animated series from Guillermo del Toro, is gearing up for a second season, and now there’s a trailer to get fans excited. The series is a tale of two worlds colliding – the normal world as we know it, and a secret underground world of trolls. And we’re talking the mythical monstrous trolls here, not the angry people who haunt message boards and comment sections. The Trollhunters Part 2 trailer is waiting below.
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Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters now, and it will have no problem taking the top spot at the box office. With director Taika Waititi behind the camera, the franchise steered hard into comedic territory, even more than audiences have come to expect from the Marvel Studios superhero movies. But Thor: Ragnarok almost headed into John Hughes territory with a sequence that ended up getting axed.
In a recent interview, Taika Waititi revealed that Thor: Ragnarok almost included a flashback to an adolescent Thor and Loki in a 1980s-style version of Asgard. That sounds awesome in itself, but at this time, we would have also seen Thor as a chubby little kid and Loki as an emo outcast. Find out more about the Thor: Ragnarok deleted scene below, but beware of a minor spoiler for the movie. Read More »
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters everywhere. It’s fun! And the main source of all that fun is the incredibly likable, charismatic cast that director Taika Waititi has assembled for the film. At a recent screening of Thor: Ragnarok, the cast got together to act out the movie, live for a goofy presentation called Thor Ragnarok 4D! It looks like it was very entertaining, even though it includes a heavy dose of James Corden.
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We’ve already seen plenty from Thor: Ragnarok thanks to the trailers released by Marvel Studios, not to mention the featurette introducing The Revengers, a TV spot highlighting the strongest Avenger, and a clip giving us a taste of The Grandmaster. But now that the movie is under a week away from hitting theaters in the United States, we’re getting to the point that too much footage is being shown, and more arrives everyday.
If you’re already on board to see Thor: Ragnarok, then we recommend that you stay away from the latest sneak peek video released online. Most of it features extended moments from the TV spots and trailers we’ve already seen, but there are also plenty of new moments that would be much better left out of sight and mind as we wait for the movie to arrive, including one particular action sequence from towards the end of the movie. Watch the Thor: Ragnarok sneak peek video if you dare, but you’ve been warned. Read More »
If you’re searching for the perfect Halloween double feature, you need not resort to repetitive slashers or gross-out gore-fests. You need only journey down a foggy, mossy path towards a towering structure in ruins, and find yourself embraced by the lush, ornate, blood-soaked worlds of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Crimson Peak. These two films are the fine wines of horror and gothic romance, paired perfectly with your gourmet Halloween meal. They live, and breathe, and die like so few other horror films.
Primarily because these two films do not adhere strictly to the horror genre. Instead, they wade into the world of Gothic romance, where candles flicker as passions burn; where the old world clashes with the new; where dark secrets lurk in locked rooms. But you can break those locks, if you’re adventurous enough; if you’re brave enough. If you’re willing to face the ghosts and undead that lurk in the shadows, and learn what truths they hold.
These films dabble in death and terror, yes. But they also thrive on love. They have beating hearts which long to be listened to. They are somehow both horrific and delicate; like Venus Fly Traps that can ensnare and destroy if you get too close. As Halloween approaches, and you look for a break from sequels and jump-scares, why not draw closer to these two films and wrap yourself up in their chilly embrace?
This post contains major spoilers for both films.
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The Avengers? Over. Guardians of the Galaxy. So last season. This fall, it’s all about the Revengers, the ace team that Thor definitely did not pull together at the last minute in a desperate attempt to reclaim Asgard from the conquering Goddess of Death, Hela.
A new Thor: Ragnarok featurette gracefully introduces us to each of the members of the so-called Revengers (they’re not changing their name), who team up when Thor finds himself exiled on the other side of the universe after his home dimension is destroyed. And it’s just as tongue-in-cheek as the rest of the promotional teasers for the third Thor film have been, complete with brand new footage of the cosmic warriors in action.
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In under two weeks, fans will get to see what director Taika Waititi has done with Thor: Ragnarok, his first collaboration with Marvel Studios. The early buzz has been high for the movie with a lot of compliments calling it the funniest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the best film in the Thor franchise, and some of that critical acclaim has invaded the film’s marketing campaign.
A new Thor: Ragnarok TV spot highlights some of the more complimentary reviews for the movie while also showing off some new footage from the film, including the first glimpse we’ve seen of Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the movie. Read More »