The Last Jedi Is A Discombobulated Incoherent Mess

January 11, 2018

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and probably unpopular opinions follows! It is perhaps fitting that we will be seeing annual Star Wars movies every December for the foreseeable future.  If these trends keep up, it means I won’t lack for grievances to air when Festivus rolls around. The Last Jedi is a bad movie, despite it being somewhat enjoyable to watch.  Unlike Rogue One, the characters are somewhat developed…

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The Last Jedi Isn’t the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For (And That’s a Good Thing)

December 22, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. Another December, another new Disney Star Wars movie.  While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had their detractors, The Last Jedi has attracted a vociferous reaction from irate fans.  The criticism feels short-sighted and reactionary.  This movie requires a tad more thought than previous Star Wars installments; it relies on its audience to fill in some key gaps.  It rejects most of the…

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Everything Wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 21, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. You might have heard, there’s a new Star Wars movie out, and there are two big takeaways from its opening weekend: The movie is going to make a lot of money The audience reaction to the movie is a little less stellar than the overwhelmingly positive critical reaction I saw the movie last week, and while I don’t think it’s…

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The Pain and Pleasure of Movie Trailers

November 30, 2017

The first Avengers: Infinity War trailer was released yesterday, and so it seemed like a good time to talk about something that I’m a big fan of: Movie Trailers. But before we go any further, let’s take a few minutes to view that Infinity War trailer one more time… Still hasn’t gotten old, despite probably a dozen viewings. May 4th can’t come soon enough. Get this man a shield. I’m a bit…

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

November 9, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok follows. When it comes to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I appear to be a bit of an outlier in the sense that I’ve actually enjoyed the Thor movies thus far and have always felt they were under-rated. In fact, I enjoyed the first two Thor movies more than I did Iron Man 2 and 3. Some people consider Thor bland, but I…

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“It” Has the Right Stuff

It Movie Poster
September 8, 2017

Spoiler Warning: This It 2017 movie review contains some spoilers I rarely make it to the movie theater nowadays.  Partially that’s financial, partially it’s schedule.  But it’s also lack of interest in most of the fare offered at the cinema.  But the end of summer 2017 offered the rare treat: two adaptations of Stephen King works.  The Dark Tower was less than stellar, that was pretty much expected of a 95…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming logo
July 19, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming follows. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the wall-crawler in the past 15 years (Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man films, Marc Webb’s two The Amazing Spider-Man films), and while the reaction to his presence in Captain America: Civil War was generally positive, do we really need a sixth solo Spider-Man movie? If they’re anything like Homecoming, then the answer is yes. With Great Power… By now,…

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

June 8, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for the Wonder Woman movie follows. I went into Wonder Woman hopeful, but with low expectations. I had been disappointed with the two previous DC Extended Universe movies I had seen (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman) and even though the early Rotten Tomatoes reviews had been favorable, I was trying to avoid getting my hopes up. What I found is that while Wonder Woman is flawed in similar…

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Ghost in the Shell Movie Review: An Enjoyable Disappointment

April 5, 2017

I ended up watching Ghost in the Shell over the weekend. So why not write a Ghost in the Shell movie review? I guess if I had a TL:DR it would go something like this: I thought it was a good movie overall, despite critical pummeling and box office disappointment (as well as lingering controversy). Visually, it looks amazing. I was in awe how much detail went in getting the look…

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Ghost in the Shell Movie Trailer Impressions and Expectations

January 12, 2017

I’ve been hearing rumblings of a Ghost in the Shell live action movie for what seems like years.  And all of a sudden a very short teaser emerges, followed by an official Ghost in the Shell movie trailer last week. Ghost in the Shell has long been one of my favorite anime series.  Though I wasn’t that big a fan of the original movie, the Stand Alone Complex (SAC) adaptation remains…

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