Movie Reviews

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi’ – Taking Risks with the Biggest Franchise on the Planet?

  The release of a new episode of ‘Star Wars’ is hands down the biggest cinematic event of whatever year each drops, and as such there is an enormous weight on these films due to a fan base that is truly unrivaled among franchises.  While it is impossible to please everyone, the new entries from the… Continue reading ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi’ – Taking Risks with the Biggest Franchise on the Planet?

Movie Reviews

‘Justice League’ – Is DC/WB Ruining the Superhero Genre?

  Coming off the relative triumph that was ‘Wonder Woman’ this summer, DC Comics and parent company Warner Brothers had the opportunity to turn the page on its’ poorly received, yet still financially viable, extended comic book superhero universe.  Instead, with ‘Justice League,’ they give audiences an absolute mess of a film that fails on… Continue reading ‘Justice League’ – Is DC/WB Ruining the Superhero Genre?

Streaming Reviews

‘Stranger Things 2’– Can Lightning Strike Twice?

  The first season of Netflix original series ‘Stranger Things’ came out of nowhere last summer, yet quickly became culturally ubiquitous as an example of the ‘right’ way to present nostalgia and genre homage.  Set firmly in 1983, complete with period accurate design and callbacks, the cinematic eight-part maxi-series claimed its’ well-earned place in the zeitgeist. … Continue reading ‘Stranger Things 2’– Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Movie Reviews

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – Marvel’s Version of an Adventure Picture?

    Is there and has there ever been an extended franchise/film universe more successful and exciting than the MCU?  Critics and audiences looking for more meaty, adult entertainment have been decrying the prevalence of superhero comic book films for the past few years (and yes, there have been problematic movies **ahem . . .… Continue reading ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – Marvel’s Version of an Adventure Picture?

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ – Is a Return to a Sci-Fi Masterpiece 35 Years Later a Good Idea?

  Ridley’s Scott’s 1982 film, ‘Blade Runner,’ remains a masterpiece of science fiction cinema even to this day.  It re-defined the vision of a future for a whole generation of filmmakers and fans, overlaying breathtaking visuals over a film noir plot.  The film’s relatively simple bounty hunter storyline may be the driving force bridging scene… Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ – Is a Return to a Sci-Fi Masterpiece 35 Years Later a Good Idea?

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – Teen Comedy Disguised as Super-Hero Flick?

  With the newest reboot of the lucrative ‘Spider-Man’ franchise, subtitled ‘Homecoming’, Sony finally wised up and let Peter Parker play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s sandbox.  After sadly mishandling the property with its’ ‘Amazing’ series, the studio lent its’ cash cow to Marvel in 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ to widely lauded results.  Fans… Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – Teen Comedy Disguised as Super-Hero Flick?

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‘It’ – Delivering on Re-tread Chills?

  Twenty-seven years have passed since ABC first aired the miniseries ‘It’, a somewhat restrained television version of the ‘80’s Stephen King classic novel that freaked out an entire generation of teens. Some might even say that ‘It’ induced a collective coulrophobia (fear of clowns) that urban pranksters and the current season of ‘American Horror… Continue reading ‘It’ – Delivering on Re-tread Chills?