Black Panther: Finally a Superhero Film That Shows Us How it’s Done (Review)

Black Panther: Finally a Superhero Film That Shows Us How it’s Done (Review)

I have a confession – didn’t want to see Black Panther.  I’m sick to the bone of superhero movies, even Marvel.  It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just that the genre is overplayed.  I’m tired of seeing movies about characters I’ve already seen.  I long for original films and, in a word: novelty.  Well I was in luck.  Even though this was another Marvel Superhero movie, Black Panther was refreshing.   I wasn’t bored.  I loved the heck out of this film.  I liked it almost as much as Dr. Strange, and that is saying something. Read more

Black Panther Claims the Throne as One of Marvel’s Greatest Movies (Review)

Black Panther Claims the Throne as One of Marvel’s Greatest Movies (Review)

Superhero movies are a modern staple for the blockbuster moviegoing experience.  They are flagpole events for movie theaters that are guaranteed to draw big box office numbers.  Marvel has cemented themselves as the best studio for the superhero genre.  Every year they produce at least two movies that seem to continually shatter box office records.  In 2018, Marvel has two highly anticipated films slated for release; Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. The former is the endgame for a cinematic event the MCEU has been building for a decade, so its clear why audiences are dying to see it.  The anticipation around Black Panther is more culturally based.  Aside from offering one of the coolest and most unique protagonist, the movie features a powerhouse cast that is predominantly black.  From the story to the characters to the overall production, Black Panther delivers on all fronts and lands itself the title of one of Marvel’s best films to date. Read more

Suburbicon is Strange but Under George Clooney’s Sharp Direction it Swings for The Fences (Blu-ray Review)

Suburbicon is Strange but Under George Clooney’s Sharp Direction it Swings for The Fences (Blu-ray Review)

Suburbicon is directed by George Clooney, co-written by Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac. The blu-ray is available to own now from Paramount Pictures! Check out my review here: Read more

Winchester is a Well Made Film That Wanted to be Scary But Just Wasn’t (Review)

Winchester is a Well Made Film That Wanted to be Scary But Just Wasn’t (Review)

Winchester is the second Horror movie of 2018, which makes me happy.  We need more good horror and I had such high hopes for it.   But the fact that it did not provide advanced screenings did not bode well. What did you have to hide, Winchester?  Given that and the abominably low ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, I ended up really just wanting to know why this movie was so bad.   Why all the hate?  Is it just that critics get pissy because they don’t get to see advanced screenings?  Were the special effects bad?  I mean, how could you mess up a movie based on a such a good real-life ghost story?  The only movie I’ve seen botch a premise that perfect was A Dog’s Purpose.  What are the odds it would happen twice in a decade? Read more

Happy! Season 1 Made Me Cry, Laugh, Cringe & Cheer for the Most Insane TV Series of The Year (Review)

Happy! Season 1 Made Me Cry, Laugh, Cringe & Cheer for the Most Insane TV Series of The Year (Review)

From SyFy and director Brian Taylor (Crank) comes the TV adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! Morrison will serve as co-executive producer alongside Taylor, adapting his own comic to the smallscreen. Starring Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt, Ritchie Coster, Christopher FitzgeraldBryce LorenzoMedina SenghorePatrick FischlerJoseph D. Reitman and Lili Mirojnick the series will return for a second season in 2019! Read more

Maze Runner The Death Cure: I Kept Wondering When Katniss was Going to Show Up & Declare Them All Divergents (Review)

Maze Runner The Death Cure: I  Kept Wondering When Katniss was Going to Show Up & Declare Them All Divergents (Review)

They say that facts don’t change people’s minds, feelings do.  You can make an air-tight logical argument and back it with facts but it will never sway people as much as a meme on Twitter.  Maze Runner: The Death Cure understands this and rather than spend time and energy on plot logistics, simply goes for the emotional core and drives from there.  As nonsensical as the plot is, as contrived the situations, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is exciting.  Sure I had to work to suspend my disbelief, rolled my eyes so often I was worried my face would stick that way, but still it was a good time. Read more

Cloverfield & 10 Cloverfield Lane Bring The Invasion to 4K UHD (Blu-ray Review)

Cloverfield & 10 Cloverfield Lane Bring The Invasion to 4K UHD (Blu-ray Review)

Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane are now available for the first time ever on 4K UHD Blu-ray! From producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves (War For The Planet of The Apes) and director Dan Trachtenberg, check out my reviews for both releases and all the special features included. Read more

12 Strong Clears Up My Misconceptions about The War in Afghanistan (Review)

12 Strong Clears Up My Misconceptions about The War in Afghanistan (Review)

Man, am I ever the wrong person to review 12 Strong.  I can see that it’s well made but I just don’t get War Movies.  I know nothing about guns or missiles or tactics, so it’s like Sci-Fi to me – very badly explained Sci-Fi (with terrible special effects) that everyone else seems to understand easily but I don’t.  I had only the vaguest idea what was going on in Afghanistan after 9/11 and I definitely had some misconceptions.  At the very least I had assumed America was at a supreme advantage – I mean how hard is it to call in an airstrike?  Pretty hard, as it turns out.  It’s not easy to get right and if you don’t, you just end up bombing the wrong thing (usually empty desert).  12 Strong was, at the very least, educational to me. Read more

Paddington 2: Rotten Tomatoes is Right, it Really is That Good (Review)

Paddington 2: Rotten Tomatoes is Right, it Really is That Good (Review)

I never really got Paddington. When I was young, I read the books and tried marmalade, hated it, gave the books up because they were misleading.  I was that kind of child.  So Paddington 2 wasn’t my first choice but I was dying to see how it could  get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and kept it for more than a day.  Could this sequel of a movie I had no interest in seeing really be that good?  Actually yes.  But I don’t actually want to get too much into why because I wouldn’t want to spoil a thing for this movie. Read more

Phantom Thread is the Perfect Sendoff for Daniel Day-Lewis (Review)

Phantom Thread is the Perfect Sendoff for Daniel Day-Lewis (Review)

Phantom Thread is supposed to be Day-Lewis’ final film before retiring from acting altogether. Nothing seems more fitting than the acclaimed actor’s final film to be with a director that has made some incredible movies. Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic world. Separately they have worked on some of the most notable films in the history of cinema. The duo created the cinematic masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Phantom Thread is a film that showcases both filmmakers greatest strengths, and Paul gives Daniel a proper sendoff with a powerful and beautifully shot film. Read more

Liam Neeson Takes You On a Pleasant B-Action Movie Ride with ‘The Commuter’ (Review)

Liam Neeson Takes You On a Pleasant B-Action Movie Ride with ‘The Commuter’ (Review)

When you buy a ticket for The Commuter, you know exactly what you’re paying for. You’re paying not just for an action movie, but a Liam Neeson action movie. You’re paying for a movie released during one of the slowest months of the year during one of the coldest months of the year. Yes, you’ve probably seen half a dozen iterations of The Commuter before, but with different settings, scenarios, and action sequences. That being said, the B-action movie is a quintessential genre for certain movie goers, and The Commuter easily fits into that niche for that particular audience. Sure, you might forget about The Commuter two months from now, but it’s still a fun time to be had if you’re looking for something new at the theater and something that’s not an awards contender (which is when a number of awards-contending movies start rolling out nationwide).

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Insidious: The last Key is Ambitious & Character Driven but They Put The Scariest Stuff Too Early (Review)

Insidious: The last Key is Ambitious & Character Driven but They Put The Scariest Stuff Too Early (Review)

It’s January again, that time of year when everyone’s exhausted and broke from the holidays and nobody feels like going to see anything.    What brave movie maker wants to release something then?  Stuff that would go straight to DVD otherwise, that’s what.  This week it was Insidious: The Last Key and while it may not be a gem, it’s certainly not the usual January-level bad, regardless of what Rotten Tomatoes might tell you. Maybe I’m using a different rating scale for January than I would for any other time of year, but  I liked this movie.  It wasn’t terrible. Read more