Cinema Royale: Talking MADAME WEB And BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE, Are They Really That Bad?

On this week’s episodes of Cinema Royale, we’re delving into the Spider-Verse! Not the good Spider-Verse of Sony’s animated Miles Morales movies. But the crappy Spider-Verse where Madame Web dwells alongside Morbius and Venom 2 and probably Kraven the Hunter. Yes, we’re talking Madame Web with my home Chris Bumbray of! We need to hash out how Sony got this so damn wrong!? And we also start talking about how terrible the start to 2024 has been, and some other crap movies on the way.

In the second episode, my partner in crime Tim Gordon joins me to lend his expertise on Bob Marley: One Love, the musical biopic on the legendary reggae star. Why has the film received so much backlash from longtime Marley fans? We talk about the choice that all filmmakers must make when doing a biopic on a music superstar. Do you work with the estate and get their cooperation, in exchange for a sanitized subject? Or do you go it alone and possibly have an unauthorized, hard-hitting movie with musical rights and little outside cooperation? It’s a tough call, but one that has needed to be made many times recently.

All of this and more on a new episode of Cinema Royale!

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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.