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Andy Burns’ Faves of 2017

For all the strife our world went through, there were some solid pop culture releases that managed to make the year a little better place. As my colleagues here have been running down their favorite things, so too shall I. Let me know what you enjoyed, and if any of my faves made your list as well. Read the rest of this entry


Teenage Spidey Swing Strong In Spider-Man-Homecoming – A Film Review

Editor’s note: So, I f’d up months ago. My friend, J. Michael Trautmann, wrote an excellent look at Spider-Man: Homecoming when it was released, and I totally gaffed on getting it up. Rather than leave it to the ether, I’m really happy to post it now (with apologies to JMT). Spider-Man: Homecoming is doing gangbuster business on VOD and Blu-ray (see more here), so luckily, his work remains timeless, even with my mistake. 

OK, so it’s been enough time and everyone has seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, who cares by now. Here are my thoughts on the latest Sony adaptation of Marvel’s (and my) favorite character, Spider-Man. Spoilers a plenty, for those of you slacking.

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It’s war between apes and spiders this weekend at the box office

It’s been a while since we’ve had an exciting dual at the box office, but things should heat up this weekend, as last week’s number one takes on a newcomer with some serious heat. Who will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:

War for the Planet of the Apes is the conclusion to the outstanding trilogy of films that have brought the Apes i franchise back to prominence. While Woody Harrelson may be the big name attached, there’s little doubt that Andy Serkis as the motion-capture ape leader Caesar will be who brings in audiences this weekend. Well, that and the fact that director Matt Reeves has made a serious name for himself. The previous film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes exceeded both the debut and gross of the original Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Fox and company are certainly hoping for a similar result. The only thing that could spoil the primate party is if Spider-Man: Homecoming continues its winning ways. It may be a battle for first place, and we predict that, with its already strong reviews and word of mouth, War for the Planet of the Apes will come out on top. Look for a first place debut with $75 million.

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Homecoming brings Spider-Man home to Marvel and the top of the box office


Spider-Man: Homecoming made an impact at the box office, bringing the wall-crawler back to critical and commercial glory following a series of missteps. Here’s what went down:

The first Marvel/Sony collaboration, Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in an estimated $118 million, which would make it the second highest debut for a Spider-Man film after Spider-Man 3’s $151.1 million back in 2007. That film, though, was a critical bust, while this newest one has received some of the best reviews for a superhero film.

I literally just walked out of it and I can tell you, I sat there with a grin on my face for nearly the entire run time. Tom Holland is great as Peter Parker, who skews younger here than in any other incarnation. Meanwhile, as The Vulture, Michael Keaton, is, alongside Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, one of the greatest incarnations of a villain in any Spidey film. Being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe allows for some great jokes and cameo performances from familiar faces, but this is still a film that rests on the shoulders of the main character, not to mention the young crop of actors that do help deliver the John Hughes vibe that had been mooted for Spider-Man: Homecoming. A win for everyone involved, along with fans.

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Will ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ swing into the top spot at the box office?

Thwip! Pop culture’s favourite web-slinger returns to movie theaters this weekend, and is looking to right the wrongs of previous films. Will it be an amazing weekend? Here’s our prediction:


Following Tom Holland’s debut as Spider-Man in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Sony and Marvel Studios bring the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Reviews have already been solid for this teen-centered film that supposedly play like a John Hughes movie with super-heroes, and Holland has a lot of good will coming his way thanks to his outstanding debut appearance beside the Avengers. Throw in Robert Downey’s Tony Stark in a supporting role, and Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and you’ve got a guaranteed number one at the box office. Look for Spider-Man: Homecoming to arrive with $120 million.

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Trailer Time – ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Well, good morning! Why don’t you wake up with a new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, which just dropped!

Trailer Time – Spider-Man: Homecoming


Action is your reward, as the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer drops NOW! Let us know what you think!


Spider-Man: Homecoming is out July 7th, 2017.

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 3-1-2017


This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes new beginnings and continuations. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Avengers #5, Monsters Unleashed #4, The Unstoppable Wasp #3, America #1, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude #1… beware, spoilers ahead…

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Trailer Time: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man!

The first TWO trailers for the new film starring Tom Holland are here, and they are outstanding. More so than any other Spidey film, perhaps, this feels right.

International trailer:

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