“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Mae Abdulbaki – on the 2019 Oscars, “The Wedding Guest” and “Captain Marvel”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Mae Abdulbaki of movieswithmae.com

Welcome to the fourth episode of the 2018-2019 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was Mae Abdulbaki, film critic at Movies with Mae, TV editor at The Young Folks, member of the Alliance of Women in Film Journalism, and, like me, a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (or WAFCA). We discussed the 2019 Oscars and also reviewed two new films, The Wedding Guest and Captain MarvelEnjoy! Be sure to check out our firstsecond and third episodes of the season, or even last year’s season (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 and Episode 5). We’ll be back in May. Until then!

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney, as well as floor manager Anthony Hoos. Have fun this summer at the movies! Here’s hoping there are at least a few great films!

“Captain Marvel” Is Everything a Superhero Film Should Be

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck, 2019)

As I always feel compelled to write at the start of a review about a Marvel film, I am no fan boy of the superhero genre, having long-ago abandoned any real interest in comics. I do, however, love good action/adventure sagas, and so I approach each and every movie like this with the hope that it will deliver thrills and more. The good ones (or at least the entertaining ones) among them – Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Thor: Ragnarok – tell their stories through as much wit and charm as muscle and CGI, with the best among them (Black Panther and Winter Soldier, and to a lesser degree Iron Man) folding in socially relevant commentary, as well (and though Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a work of rare genius, it is sui generis, not really part of the general Marvel series). I also happen to like compelling origin tales. Guess what, O fans and casual viewers? Captain Marvel offers not only a great introduction to a new character, but also a super-compelling fable with something to say about the real world. What more could one ask for? Continue reading