movies

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 […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

2015 was a big year for big movies. It was the few years in recent memory where pretty much all of the big-budget, big-screen films actually lived up to their promise (in my opinion). It’s going to be tough to repeat that feat in 2016, but in terms of sheer quantity, the odds are pretty […]


My Favorite Movies of 2015

My Favorite Movies of 2015

2015 was a GREAT year for movies, especially those catered towards sheer popcorn entertainment. It seems like studios are increasingly putting great scripts and casts behind spectacle movies instead of just filling them with special effects. Even though they didn’t quite make the top-10 list, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Mission: Impossible V […]


The 100-Year Movie

The 100-Year Movie

Movie director Robert Rodriguez recently announced one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever heard: A feature-length film that will be made in the near future but won’t be release for 100 years. That’s right. The movie is called, aptly, “100 Years,” and it will star John Malkovich. They’re going to film it, lock it up, […]


Zoolander 2 Trailer: Way Better Than I Thought It Would Be

Zoolander 2 Trailer: Way Better Than I Thought It Would Be

As a fan of the first Zoolander movie, I was pretty excited when I saw that the first full trailer for Zoolander 2 was released today. However, I had super low expectations for it. After all, Zoolander didn’t exactly feature the most refined humor in the first place–we’re lucky that it worked. Could it work […]


A Martian at The Martian

A Martian at The Martian

I haven’t had movie theater popcorn for a few months now, a true travesty, so I was super excited to go see The Martian last week at the Hi-Pointe Theater (best butter in St. Louis). The movie actually started off with great–yet terrifying–customer service. Keep in mind that I’m a pretty high introvert who does not like […]


Would You Rather “Back to the Future II” Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

Would You Rather "Back to the Future II" Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

This is the question I am pondering. You see, “Back to the Future II” made a subtle prediction back in 1989. The future portion of the movie takes place in 2015, and in the background of one scene is a holograph congratulating the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series. The movie couldn’t have picked a […]


I Lived Through Everest in the Rain: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival

I Lived Through Everest in the Rain: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival

Today featured an odd confluence of (apparently) natural disasters. I decided to walk with a few friends to a local movie theater to see Everest. Walking there is how I justify buying treats at the concession stand–I burn off the calories as I walk, right? Right? Midway through them movie, the theater started to shake. We […]


The Catalina Wine Mixer

The Catalina Wine Mixer

Warning: There is foul language in this post. Yesterday I read one of the best movie-related announcements of the year. I laughed out loud and literally clapped in joy that this is a real thing. A few years ago, there was a Will Ferrell movie called Step Brothers. I’m a Ferrell fan, and I enjoyed […]


The Scariest Movie I’ve Ever Watched

The Scariest Movie I've Ever Watched

A few days ago I watched the scariest movie ever. I held my breath for what felt like half the movie. I’m not one for horror movies. I saw Arachnophobia when I was way too young, and I couldn’t get past the first 5 minutes of The Ring. But this movie was different. It wasn’t […]


The Real Prestige

The Real Prestige

One of my all-time favorite movies is The Prestige, one of Christopher Nolan’s earlier films before he became Batman. Hopefully you’ve seen it–it features Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as dueling magicians. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading, because there will be massive spoilers in this blog entry. (break for people who want to avoid spoilers) […]


What Is Your Ridiculous Cocktail of Choice?

What Is Your Ridiculous Cocktail of Choice?

A few weeks ago I had high hopes for an entry called, “What Is Your DJ Name?” I thought the comments might yield a bevy of funny DJ names. Instead, there were 0 comments. So I’m going to try again with another topic! I watched a movie called Kingsman last week. It’s a decent action […]


I Don’t Understand the Headbutt

I Don't Understand the Headbutt

The headbutt: A class move in action movies and soccer games. But does it make any sense? I saw an article today about soccer superstar Messi headbutting an opponent, which made me think of the broader topic of headbutting. I just don’t get it. Now, I don’t condone violence of any kind. But if you’ve […]


The Question of Diversity in Films

The Question of Diversity in Films

Recently I discovered an enlightening YouTube channel by someone named Dylan Marron called, “Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in ____.” The blank is usually a blockbuster movie that Marron has edited down to only lines by, as the title suggests, people of color. Marron includes all minorities in that category–I think he […]


What I Love About Inside Out

What I Love About Inside Out

Inside Out is Pixar’s return to glory. At least, I assume it is. I didn’t see Cars 2 or Brave, and while I enjoyed Monsters University, I had forgotten that it was a movie. That’s generally not a good sign. But I loved Inside Out. It’s creative storytelling at its best. I laughed, I cried, and I […]


Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

This is a spoiler-free post about Jurassic World, but it does include some general information from the first trailer. I saw the new Jurassic World movie yesterday. The whole concept of the movie is awesome to me: Unlike the previous movies, the park is now open to the public. It’s a fully operational theme park. […]