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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and Marvel’s Third-Act Problem

From its opening credit sequence, which finds Chris Pratt boogeying through an alien landscape to the strains of Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Guardians of the Galaxy seems the perfect antidote to Serious Summer Blockbuster Syndrome, a blissfully goofy and tartly self-aware slab of sci-fi silliness. Writer/director James Gunn is another of Marvel’s unconventional hires — his pitch-black 2010 comedy Super features Rainn Wilson as a mentally unbalanced would-be superhero who attacks people with a hammer while shouting “Shut up, crime!” — and for much of Guardians’ 122 minutes, Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book. And this is becoming a real problem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. … Read More

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An Attempt to Explain the Utterly Inexplicable San Diego Comic-Con

There are certain traditions that have snuck into our popular culture so quietly and casually that we don’t stop to think how ridiculous they are, and the San Diego Comic-Con (which concluded Sunday) is one of them. Just try explaining it sometime to someone who doesn’t know anything about comic conventions or blockbuster marketing: “Oh, well, it’s a big gathering for fans of comic books and genre films and television and basically all of the expensive things that Hollywood does. They all pack into a California convention center in July — some of them in costume as their favorite characters — and wait in ridiculously long lines so they can go into giant convention halls and geek out over things that haven’t come out yet, but which they think will be cool.” … Read More

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Hiring Rian Johnson Is the Best Thing That’s Happened to the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise in Decades

The commonly accepted news cycle tradition of treating Friday as “take out the trash day” (per The West Wing, the day when embarrassing stories are dumped, so as to minimize media coverage) apparently hasn’t made its way to the entertainment business, because last Friday afternoon saw the explosion of a bombshell. Deadline broke the story: Rian Johnson, the gifted writer/director behind Looper, will take over the Star Wars franchise after J.J. Abrams completes Episode VII, with Johnson writing and directing Episode VIII and serving, in an unconfirmed capacity, on Episode IX as well. It was a bit of a shocker — Johnson is more a genre fan favorite than a proven entity at the box office. But the fact that Disney (which took over the franchise when it bought Lucasfilm back in 2012) places greater value on the former quality speaks well to where Star Wars is going on their watch. … Read More

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