Ryan Demarest

Ryan Demarest

Ryan is a graphic designer by day and cinephile by night. Originally from North Carolina where one of his first jobs was as a clerk at a local video store, he now resides in Indiana with his wife. He has always stayed connected to the world of film, video gaming, and comics. He is proud to be a nerd, and embraces his passion for these industries. He is truly still a “kid at heart”. His favorite movies include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Avengers, and Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. His favorite video games include the Mass Effect series, the Rock Band series, and Mega Man 2.

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Hot Pursuit (2015) Review

Though Patricia Arquette may disagree, Hollywood is currently in a golden age of female-driven blockbusters with a steadily increasing focus being placed upon them. Last year some of the most successful box-office champions were female-led films, such as Maleficent, Lucy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. In the comedy genre alone, it’s hard not to look towards Paul Feig and his muse, Meliss...[Read More]

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron is quite possibly the most important Marvel movie to date. It’s tasked with resolving (or at least continuing) the story and character arcs that have been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far; an astounding total of ten films. It’s also been assigned to set up future events and villains for the next Avengers outing, along with several other upcoming Marvel f...[Read More]

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#1. The Avengers (2012)

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “What a clichéd number one pick. Of course he picks The Avengers for his number one Marvel film – what a hack!” Well you might be right…The Avengers is an obvious pick, but it’s an obvious pick for a reason. I mean, look at that group shot with all the heroes standing in circle formation, all perfectly contained in one frame! If you’re a fan of the Marvel Ci...[Read More]

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#2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2, quite simply, is a brilliant film and one of the best comic book movies made. Unafraid to embrace its source material, Spider-Man 2 is the consummate reflection of its comic book origins. This film, more than any other on this list, perfectly appropriates the tone and spirit of the comic books. Sam Raimi’s deft directorial touches are on full display in Spider-Man 2, wholly capturing...[Read More]

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#3. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy has been the source of great deliberation and debate since its announcement at Comic Con in 2012, leaving many fans and critics alike scratching their heads as to why exactly this group of characters was chosen for big screen glory. To say the Guardians of the Galaxy was a mostly unknown property would have been an understatement at best. Being a huge Marvel comics fan, eve...[Read More]

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#4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The First Avenger provided a terrific starting point for Steve Rogers, a character that audiences could relate to, sympathize with, and then ultimately root for as he went up against Hydra (an off-shoot and theoretical surrogate for the Nazis). The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, pulls off the much more difficult task of balancing several important features: Steve Rog...[Read More]

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#5. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Though it’s sure to be a controversial and unpopular choice, Iron Man 3 is easily the best installment in the Iron Man series and does more than enough to justify its place in my “Top 5”. As the first film to follow The Avengers, many fans were left wondering if Iron Man 3 could match the spectacle and excitement of the aforementioned film, as well as justifying the choice to separate the team to ...[Read More]

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#6. Big Hero 6 (2014)

This Disney-made feature based on an obscure Marvel comics property was a pleasant surprise in a year filled with bar-raising comic book movies. Big Hero 6 took me by surprise, capturing my full attention immediately. If I’m being honest, the trailers hadn’t sold me on the characters or the universe, and the marketing’s focus on the broad laughs provided by Baymax (the balloon-y sidekick voiced by...[Read More]

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#7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Growing up, I never went out of my way to read any of the Captain America comics. He was always a character that never appealed to me. I, along with many others, thought that Captain America was nothing more than a wholesome, squeaky-clean boy scout. Captain America: The First Avenger deserves an ocean of credit and praise for turning me around on the character. More than Thor or Iron Man, Marvel ...[Read More]

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#8. Blade II (2002)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) is back in a sequel that has him joining forces with an elite vampire group to combat a new threat to both the humans and the vampire: a vampire/zombie hybrid that is spreading like a plague. Guillermo Del Toro, stepping in as director, is able to take the elements that worked in the first film and pair them with novel, new inclusions to breathtaking effect. Even Blade himsel...[Read More]

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#9. X2: X-Men United (2003)

Bryan Singer returns to direct the follow up to the massively successful X-Men series in a sequel that outshines its predecessor in every conceivable way. X2: X-Men United is an outstanding comic-book film that has been able to stand the test of time, remaining as captivating and entertaining now as when it was released twelve years ago. The opening scene, featuring fan-favorite Nightcrawler infil...[Read More]

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#10. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past was highly anticipated for many reasons. The film saw the return of fan-favorite director Bryan Singer, whose ambitious idea was to adapt the seminal comic run by Chris Claremont, John Bryne, and Terry Austin into one movie that would see the return of most actors from the entire series’ past. Through the time travel established in the story, the older cast and the newer...[Read More]

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