Toy Story 4: I May Never Look at an Antique Shop The Same Way Again (Review)

Toy Story 4: I May Never Look at an Antique Shop The Same Way Again (Review)

Can you believe the first Toy Story, the Original, was in 1995?  Even the latest in the series (before this one) was in 2010, so color me surprised to see another Toy Story here in  2019. I don’t even think I’ve seen the second and the third movies. Well I’ve seen them, several times in fact, but not properly.  They’ve just played in the background for the kids. So I wasn’t sure I would fully appreciate what was going on in Toy Story 4. Pixar seems pretty confident though – if it had been less secure, Toy Story 4 would have been named in the franchise-colon-iteration style – Toy Story: The Antique Shop or something.  That might have been a very different movie. Read more

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Disappointing & The Giant Monster Fights Were Obscured Most of the Time (Review)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Disappointing & The Giant Monster Fights Were Obscured Most of the Time (Review)

This week I saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters.  I’ve never seen a Godzilla movie before, so I might be the wrong person to review this.  It’s possible that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is would not be the best introduction to the series.  But director Michael Dougherty gave us Krampus, which I loved, so I had high hopes. And I’ve seen kaiju movies before, there have been good ones. Would this one hold up without a Charlie Hunnan-type character? Read more

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is One of The Best Action Movies I’ve Ever Seen (Review)

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is One of The Best Action Movies I’ve Ever Seen (Review)

I didn’t come to the John Wick franchise easily.  The only reason I watched the first one was because someone dragged me to John Wick: Chapter 2 and I loved it so much I had to see everything else in the series.  I fell in love with the world of John Wick, with the wonderful opulence of the Continental and all its weird little rules. John Wick Chapter 2 is far better than the original, but I have to say, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum blows them both out of the water.  This franchise just keeps getting better and better. Read more

Pokemon Detective Pikachu is Visually Rich & Highly Entertaining (Review)

Pokemon Detective Pikachu is Visually Rich & Highly Entertaining (Review)

For those Pokemon fans out there, I apologize.  I’m the worst possible person to review Pokemon Detective Pikachu. I know nothing about Pokemon and that’s going to show with every sentence in this review. Literally I’ve only heard the word and know that there was some app that got people walking around to catch digital things that to …fight… each other?  I’m still unclear. But one thing I do know about the Pokemon Universe is this: there’s a lot of it. Making this movie to be comprehensible to the uninitiated and still interesting actual Pokemon fans must have been tricky. Read more

The Curse of La Llorona Cares about Story, Characters & That Depth of Emotional Investment Pays Dividends (Review)

The Curse of La Llorona Cares about Story, Characters & That Depth of Emotional Investment Pays Dividends (Review)

This week I saw The Curse of La Llorona.  There wasn’t a lot of hype over this one; the trailers played for a few weeks beforehand and then here it is, sandwiched in the week between Hellboy and that new Avengers movie.  I wasn’t that excited and it looked like nobody else was, either. The theatre was not very full. That says more about the promotion of The Curse of La Llorona than the quality of the film. Read more

Hellboy is Beautifully Gruesome & David Harbour is Excellent (Review)

Hellboy is Beautifully Gruesome & David Harbour is Excellent (Review)

I’ve been looking forward to a new Hellboy since I first heard about it.  I was a humongous fan of the original two Hellboys (and also director Guillermo del Toro) and even though he wasn’t directing this latest reboot, it looked like it was going to be awesome.  Then something happened and it turned out horrible? At the time of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes has Hellboy 2019 at 15% and I think it deserves better. So now that I’ve seen what all the fuss (and the hate) was about, I have to ask:  what happened here? Read more

Pet Sematary is Legitimately, Unrelentingly Terrifying (Review)

Pet Sematary is Legitimately, Unrelentingly Terrifying (Review)

God I love Stephen King.  I’ve been looking forward to Pet Sematary since I saw the trailer.  I’ve never read the book but I saw the 1989 movie, which would be handy for comparison if I could remember anything about it. Sadly, that was 25+ years ago so all I remember was it scared the piss out of me. That was enough though – I had high hopes for this 2019 remake. Read more

The Beach Bum is Carefully Made & Nuanced But I Didn’t Get The Point (Review)

The Beach Bum is Carefully Made & Nuanced But I Didn’t Get The Point (Review)

A friend of mine who is a Harmony Korine fan predicted that I would not like The Beach Bum but I thought I might like it.  After all, I absolutely didn’t want to see the Live Action Remake of Dumbo and after seeing the trailer, there was a good chance there could be all sorts of surfer fan service, so odds were good that there would be something in it for me.   And since I don’t feel like being wrong at all, I’m going to say that I loved The Beach Bum. I just need to find a way to explain why. Read more

US is Creepy as Hell & Makes Brilliant Use of The Uncanny (Review)

US is Creepy as Hell & Makes Brilliant Use of The Uncanny (Review)

Wow, people sure are talking about Us, Jordan Peele’s latest film. Apparently it’s crazier than Get Out or maybe it’s less crazy than Get Out, but one thing seems to be certain – if you liked Get Out, you’ll LOVE Us.  Well what about those of us who didn’t see Get Out? There must be dozens of us, after all. How do you describe this Jordan Peele’s 2019 movie without referring to  his one in 2017? I’ll give it a shot – Us is my first exposure to this writer/director/producer. Read more

Fighting With My Family is a Heartwarming Tribute to The Real Skill & Difficulty of Professional Wrestling (Review)

Fighting With My Family is a Heartwarming Tribute to The Real Skill & Difficulty of Professional Wrestling (Review)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to see Fighting with My Family.  I knew it was a movie that somehow involved wrestling and that’s about it. I hadn’t even seen the trailer and I couldn’t tell anything from the audience.  Different films bring different audience demographics and this one was all over the map. I’m not a wrestling fan or even a sports fan, there wasn’t much I could relate to in Fighting with My Family, but from the first scene, I could tell this was something different. Read more

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Features The Best Villain I’ve Seen in awhile (Review)

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Features The Best Villain I’ve Seen in awhile (Review)

So here we are with the third in the instalment of the franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.  It was supposed to be amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve thought about the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.  The last one to come out was in 2014 and I remember it being good but not something they could follow up. The theater was certainly full, mostly of of little kids doing what little kids do in theaters; in this case that was kicking seats and coughing with their mouths open.   Read more

Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

I wanted to see Alita: Battle Angel from the second I saw the trailer.  It looked amazing. Except those eyes – Alita’s big giant eyes freaked me out but the rest of it was promising.  This is from director Robert Rodriguez who gave us From Dusk till Dawn, the series and Sin City but neither of these (or anything else he’s done) really reminded me of the tone here, so I wasn’t sure what Alita: Battle Angel would actually be like.   Read more

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

This week I watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I really liked the first Lego Movie, though I have to say I wasn’t sold on the ending.  I don’t want to say what that ending is, just in case it’s a spoiler (it’s not in the trailers for the sequel, after all)  Those of you who have seen it know what I mean – how would they build on what they revealed in the first one? Read more

Mark’s Favorite Movies of 2018 Feat. Paddington 2, Incredibles 2 & More

Mark’s Favorite Movies of 2018 Feat. Paddington 2, Incredibles 2 & More

What a year 2018 was!  All kinds of wonderful and not-so-wonderful movies and it’s always fun to look back and see which ones were my favorites.   Bear in mind, that these are just the things I’ve seen and reviewed so if you see something that you think should have won (or at least been nominated), either I didn’t have a chance to review it or I DID review it but would like to pretend that it didn’t exist.

Also, minor spoilers ahead.  Fair warning. Read more