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Top Ten Movies of 2019

January 20, 2020

10. Parasite Parasite has been making waves in the last part of the year, and it really is a strong thriller.  It has something to say about the divide between social classes and the lengths people will go to to keep up.   9. Yesterday I know this didn’t win over a lot of people, […]

The Rise of Skywalker

December 23, 2019

“I can feel the conflict in you.” Yes you can, Luke, yes you can.  Because there are a lot of battling thoughts in my head after seeing Rise of Skywalker.  Ultimately, did I like it? I mean, yes.  Its still Star Wars after all, and I really like these characters; particularly Rey, Finn and Kylo […]

Alita: Battle Angel

November 30, 2019

Let me get this out of the way: this movie is visually stunning. So much so that I thought it was going to win me over, despite its flaws. Alas, it was not enough to overcome all of the problems I had with Alita. The other day I was watching The Expanse and pontificating on […]

Tolkien

November 18, 2019

Tolkien is pretty standard biopic fare, however, as a Tolkien fan I probably managed to get more out of it than most would. The film is at its best when it is touching upon inspirations for his later works. And even here, this only really works when the film is being subtle about it, less […]

It: Chapter 2

October 22, 2019

Okay, so let me work this out. First, maybe things are inherently less scary because its adults now, not kids? Also, what was with them not being able to remember even living in the town until they’re together again? (except for Stanley apparently). That was kinda pointless, and pretty tough to buy. The scare scenes […]

Toy Story 4

October 12, 2019

In the second movie this year to involve Jordan Peele and a lost child at a carnival, the very existence of a fourth Toy Story seemed to baffle many moviegoers, as the third film seemed to wrap up the series so well. As far as a conclusion to the series goes, Toy Story 4 does […]

Scary Movie Month Returns

October 1, 2019

I’m posting my second annual scary movie month post, hoping to give some recommendations (and anti-recommendations) for everyone as they plan out their October movie line-up.  What I have done is gone back to this time last year, looking at the movies I watched for October and posting my thoughts here for you for you […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

September 27, 2019

Watching what is probably Tarantino’s most straightforward of his ten films, I do wonder how much knowing its a Tarantino film affects my viewing of it. And if that’s okay. Because if I was expecting a lot of the Tarantino flare, this movie would be underwhelming. There are also certain ticks he has which can […]

Avengers: Endgame

June 16, 2019

Yikes, that was crazy. They really brought in all of the previous movies, didn’t they? I went into Endgame avoiding pretty much everything about it, apart from the first trailer. So the whole basic plot was unknown to me, and I quite enjoyed where they took it. It provided for some great look backs and […]

The Ten Best and Worst Marvel Movies

April 15, 2019

With Avengers: End Game being released later this month and Marvel hype at its highest, I thought it would be time for me to rank all the Marvel films of the modern era.  I realized that I was pretty close to seeing them all, so I  decided to watch the ones I hadn’t yet seen […]

Aquaman

April 6, 2019

So, that was interesting. They really decided to go all out with DC’s lamest superhero, didn’t they? It was visually arresting in moments, like the introduction of Atlantis and going into the trench, and did have its moments of fun. But it was also a wet mess. First lets get the dialogue out of the […]

Captain Marvel

March 10, 2019

The thing with Marvel movies at this point is that they’ve got it down to the point where they aren’t going to make a bad film. Now, you can rant and rave about “formula” and how much you don’t like it, but the movies are enjoyable. However, the flip side of that is that this […]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

March 9, 2019

I was really disappointed watching the first act of the Lego Movie sequel. It suffered heavily from sequelitis and didn’t seem to have a whole lot going on. The visuals were still fun, the characters were still there, and yes there was some good humour. But everything was just passable. I didn’t really expect something different. […]

A Star is Born

February 19, 2019

If this was the 90s, A Star is Born would be winning the Oscar on Sunday. It is both very popular among the masses and dedicated moviegoers alike, and is highly respected critically. It is very well-made and has a lot of emotional weight to it. A couple of decades ago, this would be a […]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

December 30, 2018

This seems like an odd choice as a theatrical release at this time. Live action Marvel superhero films are more popular than ever, while DC dominates the at-home animated superhero market, but all of the sudden we get a full studio theatrical release of Spider-man. I And not only that, but one which includes multiple […]