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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 […]


The Hook Reunion

The Hook Reunion

It feels like just yesterday that I confessed my love for the movie “Hook,” but apparently it was nearly 3 years ago. Today the movie came to mind because apparently it was the 25th anniversary of the film, and the cast got back together. They look just a little different:   The article where I read about […]


If You Could Pay to Teleport Home, How Often Would You Do It?

If You Could Pay to Teleport Home, How Often Would You Do It?

I saw Star Trek Beyond on Friday. One of my favorite aspects of Star Trek is the teleportation technology. It’s similar to one of the core technologies in the Hyperion series of books. As my friends and I waited for the movie to start, I posed a question to them: “If you could teleport home […]


What Will Make You Stop Watching a Show or Movie?

What Will Make You Stop Watching a Show or Movie?

I recently wrote that I was enjoying watching the first season of Outlander on DVD. But a few days ago, something changed, and now I’m done with the show. Minor spoilers below. In the penultimate episode, there is a torture scene that lasts over 20 minutes (there’s a brief reprieve in the middle). I cringed […]


Would You Watch “Jaws” in the Water on an Inner Tube?

Would You Watch "Jaws" in the Water on an Inner Tube?

I absolutely love this. Last week I read on Slashfilm that the upcoming shark-attack movie, The Shallows, will air on a special screen at a water park in Texas. Instead of sitting on plush chairs in a theater, the audience will be lounging in inner tubes. There won’t be an actual shark in the water, but my imagination […]


How Does Quicksilver Safely Carry People?

How Does Quicksilver Safely Carry People?

I had the pleasure of watching X-Men: Apocalypse today. Reviewers haven’t been high on it, but I thought it was a fun, entertaining popcorn flick. And yes, there was actual popcorn involved–I can’t not get popcorn at the Hi-Pointe Theater. My favorite superpower to see on the big screen is super-speed. That’s why I love Dash, the […]


What’s a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

What's a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

Yesterday a friend mentioned an interesting Facebook post to me. A person had posted that they were defriending someone because they had casually written a Game of Thrones spoiler 3 days after the most recent episode aired. (They could have just unfollowed them, but I guess that was worth the price of friendship to them.) It […]


What Did You Think of Captain America: Civil War?

What Did You Think of Captain America: Civil War?

I’ve been looking forward to Captain America: Civil War for a while now. The early trailers made me want to know more: Why are Captain America and Iron Man fighting? Why are they dividing up into teams? Who’s on each team? Do they really want to hurt each other? I saw the movie on Saturday, […]


My Favorite Thing About “The Big Short”

My Favorite Thing About "The Big Short"

In addition to Creed, I recently watched The Big Short, a movie about the inception of America’s housing market collapse and resulting recession a few years ago. It’s a fascinating movie that feels kind of like a documentary, but with famous actors doing all the reenactments. I actually bought my condo at the time when […]


Creed and Ryan Coogler

Creed and Ryan Coogler

Over the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of watching the movie Creed (I have it on DVD from Netflix). It’s fantastic. I had high expectations after reading so many great reviews of it, and none of those reviews sufficiently described just how good this movie is. It’s stunning. Creed is the story of […]


Superhero Power Creep

Superhero Power Creep

A few days ago I went to see Batman vs. Superman: A Movie Mostly Spoiled by Trailers. As the title suggests, the movie leads up to a fight between Batman and Superman, with one of the big questions throughout the movie being, “How can Batman possibly compete against Superman?” Superman can fly. He’s incredibly strong. […]


Movie Contrivance #22: Slowly Walking Forward at Gunpoint

Pretend you’re in a gritty movie or television show. You have a gun. It’s that kind of show. The kind where violence happens, but it’s in no way celebrated. It’s simply a part of life in the apocalyptic world in which you live. Ten feet away stands one of your mortal enemies. If they had […]


Have You Visited 10 Cloverfield Lane?

Have You Visited 10 Cloverfield Lane?

This blog entry is spoiler free. A few months ago I delighted in the completely unexpected announcement that JJ Abrams had secretly produced a spiritual successor to Cloverfield. It released in theaters this evening, and I caught a screening with a few friends. It’s the type of movie that is best if you don’t know […]


What Happens When You Realize Your Favorite Movie Is No Longer Your Favorite Movie?

What Happens When You Realize Your Favorite Movie Is No Longer Your Favorite Movie?

My world came crashing down tonight at 6:53 pm. I was cooking dinner, and I decided to check my TiVo to see what I would watch while I ate. However, to my horror I discovered that I had nothing new to watch. I was all caught up. So I turned to my slim DVD collection, […]


What’s the Most Number of Times You’ve Seen the Same Movie in the Theater?

What's the Most Number of Times You've Seen the Same Movie in the Theater?

For the last month, I’ve been torn over whether or not I should go see Star Wars again before it leaves theaters. There were many times when I came very close to succumbing, but I resisted. Why agonize over something so trivial? After all, The Force Awakens was my favorite movie of 2015. Why not […]


Academy Awards and Diversity

Academy Awards and Diversity

I’ll be honest: I was a little scared to start writing this entry, mostly for fear of offending someone or exposing my ignorance. But I decided to do it anyway, because I think conversations about race are important. If I let fear get in the way of this type of conversation, then there is no […]


The Delightful Surprise of 10 Cloverfield Lane

The Delightful Surprise of 10 Cloverfield Lane

It’s really hard to surprise audiences these days. In any sector of the entertainment industry, almost everything is public information. When an author you like signs a new book deal, you hear about it on Facebook. When a musician is working on a new album, you read tweets about it. When an athlete signs with […]