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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 […]

My Worst 5 Movies of 2018

December 28, 2018

I have a confession to make: I did not like the 2018 movie year as a whole.  I mean, of course there were films I really liked, as we will see when I post my top ten of the year list, but for some reasons I ended up seeing lots of movies that simply didn’t […]

Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald

December 15, 2018

I have wondered what Harry Potter movies must be like for those who are uninitiated into the world, either through the previous films or through the books. After seeing this film, I now think I have some idea. Yes, I saw the first Fantastic Beasts film, but it didn’t exactly draw my attention, never mind […]

First Man

November 21, 2018

Almost great. Pretty close. There is some really great stuff in First Man. First off, there are the flight scenes, which really aim to put you in the driver’s seat, so to speak. Chazelle does this by lots of first person views and pulling the camera in tight. it really gives you a sense of […]

Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

This movie turned out to be quite a worthy sequel to its predecessor (despite the choice to give it the SAME EXACT TITLE!). It really played on the idea of Michael as this soulless human being, and shows Laurie going all Sarah Conner on us. The idea of Michael as an old man is intriguing, […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

October 27, 2018

This had potential, but it was ultimately squandered.  This reminded me of that period in the late 90s when there were a whole bunch of Tarantino wanna-be films coming out.  El Royale is absolutely a Tarantino mimic, though lacking in both clever dialogue and frenetic energy.  At first I found it intriguing, as a cast […]

Scary Movie Month

October 8, 2018

Hey all, I’m trying out a new segment.  This is scary movie month, where I summarize all of the Halloween-ish type movies that I watch in October.  But since it seems lame to make this post in November after I’ve watch all the films, I’m going to go back to the films I watch last […]

2001: A Space Odyssey

August 25, 2018

When I heard that there would be a print run of 2001 this year during its 50th anniversary, I got very excited.  This was one of those movies I always wanted to see in theater.  But as the summer went on, there was still no word from my local theater that this was going to […]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

August 6, 2018

Soooo… we’ve come a long way from a small band of characters vising an island of dinosaurs and a hiccup in the power. Now we’ve got a volcano threatening to destroy Dino Island, a group of black market mercenaries capturing these creatures, and genetic villainy creating monsters that resemble dinosaurs but are far more menacingly […]

Mission Impossible: Fallout

July 31, 2018

M:I 6 has turned out to be one of the best action movies in recent memory. Its the culmination of all that came before it: the intriguing plots, the spy gadgetry, and of course Tom Cruise’s insistence in putting himself in preposterous stunt situations. And its all fantastic. Remember Howard Hawks’ famous quote that a good […]