Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

It hasn't been all that long since Star Wars: Episode VIII: - The Last Jedi stormed into theaters and thrilled most audiences and angered a very vocal few by staying true to the characters in spite of themselves and delivering a surprising story that wasn't quite what anyone expected.  How.  Dare.  They.  (That review is here.) ... Continue Reading →

Review – Avengers: Infinity War

We weren't ready. Here we are.  We have arrived at one of the most anticipated films of all-time, if not the single most-anticipated.  Ten years ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man.  Over the course of the next four years, Marvel Studios built to what, at the time, we thought was their end game - The... Continue Reading →

Review – Rampage

Here we are with another new video game adaptation in the form of Rampage from director Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  The Rampage video game came along in the eighties, when video games were simpler (and arguably more fun, in many cases).  In the game, the player chose one of three massive monsters -... Continue Reading →

Review – Ready Player One

I read Ernest Cline's Ready Player One because of Robin Williams.  Shortly after Williams's passing, I caught a radio replay of an interview with him that was conducted by Whoopi Goldberg.  At one point in the interview, she simply asked him, "What are you reading?"  His response: "Ready Player One."  If I remember correctly, she, like... Continue Reading →

Review – Pacific Rim: Uprising

It's been approximately five years since Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim hit theaters and, for a long time, all we heard is that a sequel was (to paraphrase) "probably coming".  Del Toro's original film (which is actually my favorite del Toro film, alongside Hellboy II: The Golden Army) was moderately successful, but not overwhelmingly so, making... Continue Reading →

Review – Annihilation

Annihilation is director Alex Garland's second film.  He first wowed audiences (and me) with 2015's Ex Machina for A24 Studios.  I consider that film to be the greatest pure science fiction film in recent years (maybe tied with Arrival) and so I've been looking forward to seeing what Garland next had in store for audiences in this... Continue Reading →

Review – Black Panther

If one needed any further evidence that Marvel Studios has its fingers firmly on the pulse of modern audiences, look no further than the fervor surrounding the newest entry in the vaunted Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.  While the Black Panther has been well-known to comic fans for over fifty years after being created... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Powder

Original US release date: October 27, 1995 Production budget: $9,500,000 Worldwide gross: $30,862,156 Another Thursday, another throwback!  This time, from director-writer Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers and a whole bunch of personal issues that will not be delved into here) comes science-fiction drama Powder.  The film tells the story of genius albino teenager Jeremy (Sean Patrick Flannery)... Continue Reading →

Review – Downsizing

Alexander Payne's Downsizing made the list in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column and it's taken me longer to see it than I would like, but here we are.  Payne won me over with his excellent 2011 film The Descendants, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Shailene Woodley.  Two years later, he... Continue Reading →

Review – The Shape of Water

Awards season rolls on and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water has been near the top of my priority list for a while, now.  Today is the first day it's made it within reasonable driving distance, so I ventured out to an old-school theater (not even stadium seating!) to catch the first showing and see... Continue Reading →

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