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Rotten Bananas: ‘Black Widow’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been away for some time, at least on the silver screen. Heroes have been fighting crime on the small screen through Disney+ and now, Natasha Romanoff is kicking through theatres in “Black Widow.”   The film, directed by Cate Shortland, brings back Scarlett Johansson to reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff, a …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Loki’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not known for bringing their characters back from the dead and they haven’t started now. Loki’s merely causing mischief in a whole different life.   The series, created by Michael Waldron and directed by Kate Herron, features Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the Asgardian prince of mischief Loki as …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’

At the beginning of 2020, actor and comedian Bo Burnham decided to return to performing live after a long absence away. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic changed his plans.   “Inside,” written, produced, directed, and performed by Burnham, is a comedy special recorded entirely by Burnham over eight months in 2020 in his …

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‘Cruella’ goes crazy at the movies

“Cruella” is a wild tale of everyone’s favorite Dalmatian-hating, split haired villain from Disney.  The film, directed by Craig Gillespie, stars Emma Stone as the titular Cruella de Vil at an earlier time in her life before her escapades with Dalmatians. The film is a prequel and features younger versions of characters from the …

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Rotten Bananas: The Pandemic Movie Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on nearly every facet of life from our education to our healthcare. One area of life that has been hit in a particularly special way is the TV and film industry.  The most obvious on-the-ground way that the film industry has been hit has …

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Rotten Bananas: The History of Godzilla

Godzilla is one of the most immediately recognizable movie characters. Godzilla is one of the quintessential movie monsters. We’ve even used his name to describe kinds of things that are just over the top such as a “bridezilla.” But is Godzilla simply a spooky scary monster that terrorizes the town or …

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Throwback Rotten Bananas: ‘National Treasure’

“National Treasure” is a fun yet ludicrously wild jaunt through an action-adventure mystery slammed together with historical mythology.  The film, directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, stars seasoned actor Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates (yes, that’s the character’s legal name), an historian and treasure hunter specializing in artefacts of colonial America. After …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘The Boys’

Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” answers the age-old question on everyone’s minds: What if superheroes were corporate-sponsored superheroes with disgusting celebrity complexes?  The series, developed by Eric Kripke, stars an ensemble cast of both familiar faces to film such as Karl Urban of “Judge Dredd” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” as well as relative newcomers such as …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Marvel’s latest TV series, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has only just begun and it already shows great, great promise.  The series, created by Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland, stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles as Sam Wilson and James Buchanan Barnes, respectively, from previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. The …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘The Mandalorian’

“The Mandalorian” is a Star Wars universe tale that feels ripped straight out of an old spaghetti western (and that’s a good thing).  The series, created by Jon Favreau of “Iron Man” and “Chef” fame, stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter, Din Djarin, as he traverses the galaxy with his …

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