marvel movies

Blade

Year: 1998
Directed By: Stephen Norrington
Written By: David S. Goyer

RYAN’S REVIEW

This movie was made early during a popular trend in good action movies of the time.  Martial Arts, techno music, and stylish black clothing.  It’s a formula that I enjoy greatly and still do, it worked for The Matrix very well but even before then it was done here, with Blade. This movie was also made before vampires became so mainstream, before Twilight and True Blood. I think we are all a little sick of vampires these days and for good reason but they have long since had a place in our culture.  Movies like Interview With A Vampire, The Lost Boys, and this film’ just to name a few really good ones. There will never be any shortage of vampire films coming out of Hollywood.

Blade was also ahead of the game when it came to comic book films.  Blade is a character in the Marvel universe and this came out years before both Spiderman and X-Men. This movie was made in 1998, shortly after Batman & Robin had tanked the Batman franchise, it wasn’t really a good time for the genre.  This movie proved how cool comic book films could be, and while it wasn’t a financial success at first it slowly became a cult hit as time went on.

David S. Goyer wrote the script for this film so of course it is awesome, one of his many good films as far as I am concerned.  Wesley Snipes was also very enthusiastic about the part and you can see that by his portrayal of the lead character. Wesley Snipes is an utter badass in this movie, slicing and dicing with his ninja sword and drop kicking the shit out of vampires and cops alike.  Stephen Dorff is a vile and sinister foe bent on conquering the human race.  It’s one of his better performances, there was talk briefly of a Deacon Frost spin-off but it never materialized. Kris Kristofferson plays a gruff and tough side kick of sorts to Blade. The only problem I have with this movie is how forced the semi-love story is.  N’Bushe Wright is not bad at all in the movie but her relationship with Blade seems out-of-place and she has no chemistry with Snipes.

This movie is dark and cool, full of fighting, hot women, and violence. This is a rare R rated comic book film and that sets it apart from the others.  It’s more dangerous and more fun.  While I didn’t really dislike either of the sequels to this film I definitely didn’t like them.  Something wasn’t right about them, this film was better made, or maybe the other two were just too different from the one I loved.  This is a great movie and definitely worth your time.

AMBER’S REVIEW

Blade. I have seen this movie so many times because Ryan loves it so much. I can never remember that much about it except that Wesley Snipes is in it, he is half vampire and half human, and it was playing one night in high school when I visited Ryan for the first time. I don’t really like this movie, but it is more personal than anything. I know that people love it and it has become a cult classic for people. They don’t make three of them for no reason if nobody likes them. While I appreciate its value, this movie just wasn’t and isn’t my “cup of tea.”

NEXT MOVIE: Blade Runner (1982)

Movies Not to Watch

THOR IN 3D

First of all, let me explain and don’t misunderstand me.  I just watched Thor and I thought it was awesome, another great addition to the Marvel canon. I will review the movie itself when we get to the “T” section of our collection, we will own it when it is available to buy. I’m listing the 3D version of it here under “movies not to watch” because I want to encourage you to see the 2D version.

Since the release and phenomenal success of Avatar there has been a trend slowly building that I think we will see more of.  Avatar was amazing, it was special because of those three dimensional effects.  However it’s economic success was aided by the fact that tickets to see Avatar in 3D were four dollars higher than most ordinary tickets, because of the glasses that are required.  However, the thing about Avatar is that we don’t know how much money was spent on that movie, the budget was never released but it was known that it was a substantially higher than average number even for a big budget film.  You simply can’t create those same kind of effects on a typical big budget of $200 million or less, the technology doesn’t seem to be there yet.  All other 3D movies that have come out since Avatar have failed in comparison and there is a reason.

Some movies should be left alone, but the guys sitting on top see an opportunity to make more money and something is lost in the process.  Thor was a great movie but watching it in 3D was awful and a waste of time.  The 3D shots had backgrounds blurred out, like the budget could only afford the 3D effects on the main characters.  It was distracting and disrupted the movie, the strength of the film is obvious in the fact that despite this I still thought this was a really good movie.  I hope you go see it yourself, but if you do I implore you to watch it in 2D and save your extra four bucks for those damned glasses.