And Other Updates

So, let me make this as brief as possible. From now on, the same posts I make here on T&L will also be posted on Moviepilot under the username Sam_Was_Taken. I was offered to write on their platform (which you could do, too*) so of course I accepted it. Not to fear though; Tights & Lightsabers will still be alive and kicking. There will be certain blog posts that I’ll only be putting on T&L and some that will only be on Moviepilot.  Read More

Wonder Woman | No Spoiler Review

It’s about time that the DCEU got back on its feet!

Despite being one of the most popular superheroes ever, Wonder Woman never had her own solo movie. Sure, there was an animated movie back in 2009; a live-action film from 1974; and who could forget Lynda Carter’s TV show which ran from 1975-1979? Other than these examples, I don’t remember any other time Wonder Woman was the star of her own movie/TV show, especially compared to Superman and Batman.

Female-centered superhero movies always flopped, and it’s because the audience didn’t care for the characters since the people behind the films didn’t care enough to make them work. So when Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman had her cinematic debut in BvS, there was finally a chance to see her in her own film. And now we have it! Wonder Woman officially clocked in for the biggest US opening for a female director, and is, as of now, the queen of the box office. And there’s good reason to all of that: the film was a win not just for the audience, but for good character writing and other female directors. And even if it had some downs, it had plenty of ups. Read More

TOO MANY SUPERHEROES- A Solution To the Superhero Fatigue

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Days like these feel too good to be true. Since the 1951 film titled Superman and the Mole Men—a movie usually credited as the first legitimate superhero movie—there have been countless numbers of superhero movies up until today.  In what seems to be the Golden Age of Superhero Films, there will be even more to come.

With the superheroes moving beyond movies and into TV shows, they continue to invade pop culture and reach out to the mainstream audience. More superhero films/shows will continue to come out, not just from Marvel and DC, but even other studios would get into the trend.

Some argue that the superhero genre would be another Western movie fad—a mere exploitation of the audience’s interests only to die out. There’d be so much of them that we’d grow overall tired of watching the same thing with relatively same characters in a relatively same setting. With its ever-growing influence and box office hits, one has to ask: will there be too many superheroes? Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | No Spoiler Review

GOTG Vol. 2 is one of the best things to happen to the MCU.

3 years after the surprisingly awesome, hilarious, but intimate foray into the MCU cosmos, Guardians of the Galaxy became Marvel’s most important film. If Iron Man brought upon the MCU as we know it, then GOTG was the starting ground to introduce more bizarre, other-wordly aspects of the Marvel universe.

Because of its importance and popularity, it wasn’t a surprise that GOTG would have a sequel. Thankfully, GOTG Vol. 2 was in no way just a mere cash-grab. It was both familiar and new in every aspect possible; a perfect example of how sequels should be made. Read More

Film of the Week: Blade

Rating: R
Runtime: 2 hours
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Written by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Stephen Dorff

Plot: One man has sworn to protect the human race by eliminating a hidden vampire society before they become public knowledge. Read More

Power Rangers | No Spoiler Review

Let’s be honest: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is much better in memory than actually watching it now. It just hasn’t aged well despite some strong story arcs. Don’t get me wrong, I loved watching it as a kid! I remember my dad would rent for me a CD copy of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie and I never got tired of watching it, which just proves how impressionable a 7 year old could be. Obviously, the Power Rangers have remained popular through the years, thanks to its sentimental value, introducing new batches of the rangers we know and love (Dino Thunder and Wild Force were among my favorites).

So when the trend for reviving shows/movies of the past started, it was inevitable that a reboot of the Power Rangers would soon come in the works. While the trend has had its average or disappointing reboots, Power Rangers isn’t one of them…but it isn’t an excellent reboot either. Read More