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The Steve Jobs Leadership Dilemma

The Steve Jobs Leadership Dilemma

I watched the Steve Jobs movie this past weekend in the hopes of being inspired as a leader. Instead I walked away confused. In the movie, Jobs describes himself as a conductor. Essentially, he claims to bring out the best in each of his employees, and he keeps everyone working in sync to produce the […]


Would You Vacation in a Star Wars Westworld-Style Resort?

Would You Vacation in a Star Wars Westworld-Style Resort?

This weekend, Disney announced that the Star Wars resort they’re building in Florida will combine “a luxury resort with an immersion in an authentic Star Wars environment.” Go on… I know a lot of people have fun going to amusement parks, but I have to admit that they’ve never really excited me. In fact, one […]


I Finally Watched Straight Outta Compton, and I Was Intrigued by This

I Finally Watched Straight Outta Compton, and I Was Intrigued by This

Remember the Academy Award controversy regarding the lack of African-American nominees a few years ago, with Straight Outta Compton at the top of the list of movies people felt should have been in consideration? I’ve been intrigued about the movie every since, and I finally watched it this past weekend. My take? I enjoyed it. […]


Pet Please #145: Cinema Wins

Have you heard of the YouTube channel Cinema Sins? It’s a humorous, cynical look at missteps, inconsistencies, and shortcomings in films. Every time a movie does something annoying, the host gives it a “sin point.” I love dissecting movies, so there was a time when I genuinely enjoyed Cinema Sins. Sure, the host is a […]


What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

2017 is turning out to be a special year for superhero movies. First we got Logan, a gritty end to Hugh Jackman’s characterization of Wolverine (that isn’t a spoiler: Hugh Jackman simply isn’t playing the character anymore). Next up was Wonder Woman, which was both deep and light at the same time, and beautiful to […]


My Thoughts on “Baby Driver”

My Thoughts on "Baby Driver"

I love that Edgar Wright made “Baby Driver,” the new car chase/heist/musical film that came out this week. It’s one of those movies where you know the director had a clear vision, and he had the drive, talent, and cast to make it happen. I’m fully confident that the result is what Wright wanted it […]


Have You Watched “Get Out”?

Have You Watched "Get Out"?

This weekend I did something I rarely do: I watched a horror movie. Okay, technically the director of Get Out calls it a “social thriller,” which is accurate. But I think it’s fair to say that it’s also a horror movie–there’s a sense of dread and a few jump scares. I had heard great things […]


Daniel Day-Lewis Will Not Be Playing You in a Biopic

Daniel Day-Lewis Will Not Be Playing You in a Biopic

Perhaps you’ve played this game: You and your friends take turns saying which famous actor you’d like to represent you if a movie is ever made about your life. I’ve had this topic come up in conversation a few times over the years. Most people mention an actor who looks a little bit like them. […]


What Did You Think of Wonder Woman?

What Did You Think of Wonder Woman?

Despite a disruptive and even scary viewing experience, I found Wonder Woman to be an excellent movie. I’ll get to the story in a moment, but first I want to focus on the movie itself. In my opinion, it will vie for the best DC movie ever, with The Dark Knight as the only other one coming […]


How Do You Use Rotten Tomatoes?

How Do You Use Rotten Tomatoes?

I think I may rely on Rotten Tomatoes too much. In case you don’t know what Rotten Tomatoes is, it’s a movie review consolidator. Basically, if 67 reviewers rate a movie highly and 33 reviewers give it a low rating, the Rotten Tomatoes score is 67%. I get the vast majority of my movie news […]


What Did You Think About Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

What Did You Think About Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

I almost didn’t write a blog post about one of my most-anticipated of 2017. Why? Well, I typically write about things I love, and I didn’t love Guardians of the Galaxy 2. A ton of time, creativity, passion, and money went into making the movie–I know how it feels when someone casually dismisses all of […]


Top 10 Favorite Lesser-Known Movies

Top 10 Favorite Lesser-Known Movies

At a dinner party on Friday, a friend asked if I had a favorite lesser-known movie that I’d recommend. I rarely see eclectic films, so I’m not sure if any of the movies on this list truly fit the “lesser-known” category, but they’re close enough. These aren’t Oscar winners or box-office juggernauts; they’re just great […]


Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

On Friday I had the great pleasure of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen, with the music provided by the St. Louis Symphony. I’m not a musician, so while I enjoy the impact music has on movies, I’m usually not nearly as tuned into that aspect of a film as I […]


Have You Seen Logan?

Have You Seen Logan?

I just returned from a screening of the new Wolverine movie, Logan, and I’m in awe of what I just saw. It’s the Wolverine movie I never knew I wanted until now. Heck, it’s the superhero movie I never knew I wanted until now. I’m going to speak in pretty vague terms about the movie, […]


How Would You Respond to the Oscar Mishap?

How Would You Respond to the Oscar Mishap?

I wasn’t watching the Academy Awards last night when it happened, but it was all over social media so quickly that it felt live. You probably know the story by now: Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope, and Faye Dunaway correctly read the movie on the card in that envelope: La La Land wins […]


Do You Know Rufio?

Do You Know Rufio?

It’s no secret that I love the movie Hook. At least, young Jamey loved hook. Old Jamey hasn’t watched Hook in years because he doesn’t want to ruin it. My favorite character in Hook (by far) is Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan’s absence. Rufio is brash and fearless, and he […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Looking back at my 2016 list, I’m quite happy with how many of my eagerly anticipated movies ended up surprising me and/or meeting my high hopes. There were only a few big letdowns (The BFG, Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and only a few movies that I didn’t […]


What Was the First Movie You Saw in the Theater?

What Was the First Movie You Saw in the Theater?

I’m 98% sure that the first movie I saw in a theater was The Jungle Book. I have a vague recollection of going to a second-run theater with my mom and sister. I’m sure I had no idea at the time that I would grow up to love movies as much as I do. In […]


My Favorite Movies of 2016

My Favorite Movies of 2016

In total, I watched 54 new-to-me movies in 2016, most of them at home, but a decent number in the theater. For this list I’ve focused on movies released late in 2015 or in 2016, so one of my favorite movies I watched for the first time this year, Make Believe (a documentary about magicians), […]


In Which Order Should You Introduce the Star Wars Movies to Your Cats?

In Which Order Should You Introduce the Star Wars Movies to Your Cats?

I was introduced to the Star Wars movies later than most kids who grew up in the ’80s. It wasn’t until a summer camp in 1993 that I watched the Episode IV, and I was instantly enamored in the world and the story. For many years, it was a huge way for my brother and […]


Arrival and Common Ground

Something happened on Friday that hasn’t happened to me in years: I went to the theater to see a movie, and even though I was 40 minutes early, it was sold out. This, of course, only made me want to see the movie even more! So I bought tickets to a later show that night […]


What Did You Think About Doctor Strange?

What Did You Think About Doctor Strange?

I saw the new Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, this weekend, and I have to say: It’s one of the weirdest Marvel movies yet, but it’s also one of the best. There’s a mystical, magical, spiritual, and psychadelic vibe to Doctor Strange. When I told some friends I was seeing it, I pitched it as “Inception […]


Why Does Tom Cruise Run So Much in Movies?

I meant to post this a few weeks ago when Tom Cruise had a new movie, but I’m a little late to the story. Back on October 17, Slashfilm posted a video showing every Tom Cruise run in a movie. I’ve seen a number of Cruise movies (I’m a fan of the Mission: Impossible series […]


Why Do Actors Have to Wear Makeup?

I’ll start off by saying that I have an odd dislike for makeup. It isn’t a judgment against anyone who wears it–I’m just not a fan. It’s because of this that I find it totally weird that not only do women have to wear a lot of makeup if they’re appearing on TV or in the […]