2008: Remembering a Banner Year in Film

In a year where most of Hollywood was focused on escapism, 2008 was especially remarkable for its films that reflected the shifting tides of society in that year.

Hey folks, welcome back. Nerd Revolt is less than a year old, but it has seen some tumultuous times: protests all across the country, the Russia investigation, a potential Blue Wave, and more. But I can’t help remembering ten years ago, one of the most eventful years in our country’s history: the Great Recession, regarded as the worst global depression since the 1930s; the Iraq War entering its fifth year; and the 2008 election, which brought us Barack Obama, the first black president, and a moment promising Hope and Change.

That moment in history came with a bunch of movies, some that were critically-acclaimed and very successful, and others that were a little more obscure, that appeared to define the times. No, not define them – it articulated them. While much of Hollywood appeared to be set on escapism, such as with the first MCU movie Iron Man and with fantasy films like Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Hellboy II, here is a list of films that examined our society head-on, and which will one day be recognized for indicating the changes that were coming. Click through to check it out.

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Good Times and Noodle Salad: Ten Great Movies About Writers and Writing

I want to do things a little differently today. As some of you may know, I have had a lifelong passion for writing, and spent much of my life trying to write novels – it’s part of why I chose this creative outlet, actually. It’s probably no coincidence then that I love movies that involve or revolve around the lives and work of writers. When someone truly understands what it’s like to love and struggle for (or with) writing, it translates really well onto the screen, so I thought I’d give a few recommendations of my own and then ask you all to share your own favorites. Click on to check them out.

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The Avengers: Infinity War – The Strengths and Pitfalls of Comic Book Continuity on Film

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another movie review! For many of you, this is probably the movie event of the year. As is tradition:

WARNING: Spoilers ahead. If that’s a problem for you, do not click into this post.

Seen it already or don’t care about being spoiled? Well then go ahead on in.

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Are Superhero Movies About to Crash?

It happened to the musical, the Western, and even zombie movies. Will superhero movies be next?

Hello all and welcome back. Franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men have dominated U.S. cinemas for the better part of a decade. Even before that in the 2000s, some of the most critically acclaimed big-budget films were comic book thrillers like Watchmen, the Spider-Man trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s Batman, and the first X-Men and Wolverine films.

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Ready Player One Proves Spielberg Still Has a Trick or Two Up His Sleeve

The moment the world seems to have been waiting for is finally upon us: Ready Player One has been adapted into a movie. And with Spielberg at the helm, it can’t fail, right? Click to read on.

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Pacific Rim: Uprising Doesn’t Capture the Old Magic

Hello all and welcome to the second week in a row of movie reviews! Today we’re going to look at the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s tribute to mecha anime, Pacific Rim: Uprising. The first film teased a sequel in its final act, when the main character of that film almost ended up getting trapped in the monstrous Kaiju’s home dimension. Does Uprising clear the inevitable sequel bar? Read on and find out with me.

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A New Generation, a New Tomb Raider

Here we go again! In the latest iteration of the archaeology-action romp, Alicia Vikander steps into the role of Lara Croft, on her first expedition much like in the 2013 reboot of the game series. Much like that game, Lara is on a journey to Yamatai, a fictional island in Japan, where the formidable Queen of Yamatai, Himiko, is said to have reigned supreme in ages past. There’s a storm on the way there, the ship wrecks, Lara gets captured and has to escape using her survival skills, you get the idea.

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