The following review contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame If the follow up to the greatest superhero movie ever made was a guaranteed anti-climax, trust Marvel to manage the gentlest of let downs. Marketed as the epilogue to Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home accepts the futility of trying to match its predecessor’s pulverising emotional power. Instead it strikes a self-parodic tone from the start, and then veers deep into the meta by having a character design and choreograph his own CGI fight. This mischievous film never tires of teasing the conventions and traditions of the genre. First up, though, it teases its audience with a false opening, matching the faces of the Endgame fallen (Iron Man, Black Widow, etc) to Whitney Houston singing I Will Always Love You. Oh my great aunt Ada, you can’t help thinking when the caption “In Memoriam” flashes up, surely Marvel hasn’t had a post-Avengers breakdown and succumbed to self-reverential … [Read more...] about Spider-Man: Far From Home review – So terrible, it’s brilliant
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Leonardo si ser Piero da Vinci departed this world on 2 May 1519 at the venerable age of 67, but he has enjoyed an astonishing afterlife. Born out of wedlock to a Florentine notary and a peasant woman, Leonardo became, in his own lifetime, an enduring figure in popular culture. The King of France is said to have cradled Leonardo’s head as he died. He was, in modern terms, a rock star, a bona fide celebrity.Leonardo is reputed to have served as the model for the white-bearded figure of Plato in Raphael’s Vatican fresco ‘The School of Athens’, and while still alive was widely hailed as the greatest genius of all time. In the last years of Leonardo’s life, Francis I of France became his patron and close friend, commissioning him to create a walking, mechanical lion, the chest of which would open, to reveal a cluster of lilies.The Renaissance polymath left behind a legacy far beyond the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. A masterful artist, he … [Read more...] about How Leonardo Da Vinci’s legacy has lived on in pop culture
E L JAMES describes herself as a mum-of-two, a former TV executive and wife who “dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with”. But who is the Fifty Shades of Grey author – dubbed an “erotica industry mogul” – whose former hobby has resulted in a multi-million-pound entertainment franchise, and what is her new book about? Who is E L James? E L James is the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy. Her books were made into films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan – with the movies raking in more than a billion dollars at the box office. One of the world’s most famous authors, E L James lives in Ealing, west London, with her husband Niall Leonard, a writer, and their two Westies, according to The New York Times. She told the paper that “writing used to be my hobby”. The NYT points out that, over the past eight years, her so-called hobby has transformed into a huge entertainment franchise. … [Read more...] about Who is E L James, what is the Fifty Shades Of Grey author’s new book about and what is her real name?
Brian Truitt USA TODAY Published 8:37 PM EDT Mar 26, 2019 Friends, we are gathered here today to honor those Marvel superheroes we lost. Or, more aptly, worry about the ones probably about to exit. In last year’s mega-epic "Avengers: Infinity War," cosmic villain Thanos wiped out half of galactic existence with one apocalyptic snap of his Infinity Gauntlet, powered by six all-powerful Infinity Stones. And going halfsies on a universal scale meant a bunch of our favorite do-gooders went bye-bye, disintegrating into ash and leaving fans in a nervous state … at least until we see the culmination of the 22-film Marvel movie saga so far with “Avengers: Endgame” (in theaters April 26). OG Avengers like Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lead the charge to figure out how to save the day in desperate circumstances, though the limited footage glimpsed in trailers hasn't shown us much of anything in … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame: Every Marvel superhero’s chance of survival, ranked
Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room) stars as the titular heroine (best known as Carol Danvers) in this mundane, stale and unimaginative adaptation, which also features Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn ,Annette Bening and a ginger cat named Goose. It’s packed with lots of low-tension obligatory fights and chases which never raise the stakes high enough to make the first woman-led superhero epic from the Marvel Cinematic Universe compelling.Danvers is simply too powerful and the audience know that nothing can beat her-yet. So what is the point? At least with Superman we have Kryptonite.Captain Marvel will gross $1 billion which is staggering considering that the best parts of this are the bookends – opening with a moving tribute to the late Stan Lee and closing with an Avengers: Endgame prologue.Sandwiched in between is a mainly dull, tick all the boxes, generic comic book tale.It's 1995 and in a story that’s almost impossible to explain, and with plot … [Read more...] about Film review: Pedestrian Captain Marvel fails to deliver on ground-breaking 90s sci-fi promise