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.

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Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

I have to admit, the hype got to me with Mary Poppins Returns.  Hearing Emily Blunt talk about how she couldn’t try to be Julie Andrews but instead had to just do her own version of Mary Poppins piqued my interest.  It’s not like there were really any competing movies out this week. Another Transformers movie and another superhero movie? Pass.  Truth be told, the original 1964 Mary Poppins filled my little gay heart with joy.  How could I resist having a look? Could they make a successful sequel? Maybe, but I had my doubts before the film even began when some of the actors came out and thanked us for coming to their film. That never bodes well. Read more

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

So after a week where nothing came out for movies (at least in the village where I live), this week there were TWO releases.  I had my choice between Mortal Engines and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. I wanted to see both, they both looked wonderful.  But a quick hop on Rotten Tomatoes showed me that they were not equal – Spiderman was at 98% or so, Mortal Engines was at 35%. So did I want to gush over a doubtlessly flawless movie or did I want to write about a dumpster fire?  Well you see what I chose. I went in with super low expectations and was delighted by what I saw. Read more

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

I saw Ralph Breaks the Internet this week.  I loved the first movie and the trailer for this sequel looked pretty promising. I had high expectations. After all, I gave up Taron Egerton Fan Service in Robin Hood (it must have been there) for in place of this film, so it had better be good.  And it WAS. Weird how sequels don’t suck like they used to. Time was when you could safely ignore a sequel unless it was getting rave reviews but these days sequels seem to be all at least as good as their previous films. Read more

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald is another of those movies I knew I was absolutely going to go to as soon as I’d viewed the trailer.  Apparently I still have a soft spot for the Harry Potter Universe and I loved the first film. I couldn’t help myself. What would Newt Scamander get up to this time?  Probably something pretty good. Though the movie title? What a mouthful! I’d really just been thinking of it as Fantastic Beasts 2 and had to look up the real title for the purposes of this review.    Read more

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

I had such high hopes for Overlord.  They had me the minute I watched the trailer.  Not because of the WWII stuff (can’t do war movies, me) but because of the monsters and the Body Horror.  A secret Nazi Lair where they’re turning people into monsters? Count me in. With a monster movie like that, they’d have to screw this one up pretty badly in order to put me off it.  And I saw the name J.J. Abrams’s who didn’t direct it, but produced it. Hopefully that’s as good. Read more

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is Gorgeous with Great Music (Review)

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is Gorgeous with Great Music (Review)

Sometimes you can really see a specific type of audience in the audience of a movie.  Slender Man might draw teenagers and A Star is Born might draw couples. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was definitely very specific – it was impossible not to notice.  All around me were little girls with their Grans, dozens of these adorable pairs. I was one of three men in the entire auditorium and definitely the only non-Dad. Read more

Halloween Knows Where it Came From & Delivers More (Review)

Halloween Knows Where it Came From & Delivers More (Review)

This week I saw Halloween!  And this 2018 film was my exposure to the franchise.  Apparently this is the eleventh film in the series, so I’ve missed a lot.  Though it didn’t feel like I missed anything at all – there was a nice succinct recap of the very first movie and it felt exactly like an immediate sequel.  Well, not quite immediate, this takes place 40 years after the original film but it certainly did not feel like Michael Myers has been killing through the 9 movies in between now and then.   Read more

Bad Times at The El Royale is Arguably Chris Hemsworth’s Sexiest Movie (Review)

Bad Times at The El Royale is Arguably Chris Hemsworth’s Sexiest Movie (Review)

I’ve been wanting to see Bad Times at the El Royale since I saw the trailer.   I’m a sucker for films around that time. The decor, the music, the clothes, the cars, I love it all.  And you could put Chris Hemsworth on anything and I’ll probably watch it at least once. The trailers gave very little away, too, I had no idea what Bad Times at the El Royale was going to be about.  Now I know why, so I’m going to give nothing away either.

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Venom Felt Like a DC Movie, In a Good Way, with More Violence & Less Jokes (Review)

Venom Felt Like a DC Movie, In a Good Way, with More Violence & Less Jokes (Review)

Venom has been on my radar for a while.  I’ve never read the comics but the trailer got me in one view.  Plus I love Tom Hardy. And since I’ve already bought in, it’s been hard to avoid the hype on this one, especially how badly it’s been treated in other reviews.  Why all the negativity, guys? Well I had to go see for myself and make up my own mind. Read more

Smallfoot is Entertaining, Energetic & Has Surprising Depth (Review)

Smallfoot is Entertaining, Energetic & Has Surprising Depth (Review)

I didn’t have high expectations for Smallfoot.  It looked like another animated kid’s movie, which  usually means something forgettable. Family/Kid’s movies are easily the most forgiving genres – parents don’t care how good the film is because the kids will like it anyway and kids don’t care because they’re kids.  So I was pleasantly surprised when Smallfoot started out good and just kept getting better. I’m surprised it wasn’t rated higher in IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. I loved it. The theater was packed – so many kids and they loved it too. Read more

The Nun Review: A Solid by-the-numbers Horror With a Great Atmospheric Setting

The Nun Review: A Solid by-the-numbers Horror With a Great Atmospheric Setting

This week it was The Nun, 2018’s addition to The Conjuring Universe.  I’ve never seen any of the Conjuring movies except Annabelle: Creation but man, was this thing every popular.  The theater was almost packed. Rotten Tomatoes didn’t like it, 27% at the time this was written. But I have to say I had a good time watching The Nun.  I liked it more than, perhaps, it deserved. It was scary and occasionally funny and just long enough.

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