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Vic’s Flix Movie Review: Captain Marvel

As we sat through what felt like 73 coming attractions at tonight’s showing of  Captain Marvel , it seemed that 64 of them were from the Marvel Comics cinematic universe. Is there no limit to the imaginative stories and money being made by this enterprise? Perhaps eventually the entire cast of characters will become as impotent as The Hulk in  Avengers: Infinity War , but all signs indicate that this will not be anytime soon. The experience began with a very nice short video tribute to Stan Lee, whose passing just short of age 96 during November of 2018 came at the continuing zenith of his creative success. But that didn’t prevent him from appearing in his traditional cameo early in this film, grinning like a Cheshire Flerken (more on that later). One wonders how many features still in production were able to squeeze him in during his last days. Or maybe they’ll just create him in a digital studio. There are plenty of explosions and battles between seemingly indestructible heroe

Vic’s Flix Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman

I feel the need to be cautious reviewing a movie by Spike Lee. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because I’m white and he is a resounding voice from within the African-American community. That takes me into sensitive territory these days.  But a little research compels me to revisit some of Lee’s more noteworthy films, including  She’s Gotta Have it  (1986), which launched his career,  Do The Right Thing  (1989),  Mo’ Better Blues  (1990),  Malcolm X  (1992) and  If God Is Willing And The Creek Don’t Rise  (2010). If you’re a fan of Denzel Washington, he is frequently cast in Lee’s films, as is Samuel L. Jackson. So here are a few things you might not know about Shelton Jackson (Spike) Lee: his background is one of arts and education – the son of a jazz musician father and a school teacher mother. He studied film making to the graduate level, and won a student Oscar for his first short called  The Answer  in 1980, a reworking of  The Birth of a Nation , which features prominently in Osc

Vic’s Flix Movie Review: Greta

It’s great when you see a movie that hasn’t been hyped to the point at which it’s almost guaranteed to be disappointing. Frankly, there aren’t a lot of movies out right now that are on “our list” to see as soon as possible. So it was doubly rewarding, given that we only saw one preview during the past few months, that we enjoyed  Greta  so much. Greta  has several key elements of suspense covered. A madwoman, stalking a trusting young girl with mommy AND daddy issues, not to mention a free-spirited roommate who’s bound to cause trouble; close-up camera shots that set your spine tingling with apprehension of the reveal – someone in the dark just off screen about to pounce; slow acting poison leading to sequences that make you feel as if you’ve been drugged along with the victim; and of course, bone-headed decision making in the face of certain doom. “You’re not seriously going into the dark basement, are you?” The title role of Greta Hideg is played by little (5 foot 2) Isabelle