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Are You Watching “His Dark Materials”?

Are You Watching "His Dark Materials"?

Years ago I was entranced by Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, also called His Dark Materials. I loved how close his world was to our world–but also distinctly different in fantastical ways–and the reveals over the 3 books scratched many of my speculative fiction itches. There was a Golden Compass movie around 10 years ago […]


The Blind Date Rom Com Question

The Blind Date Rom Com Question

Last night we watch a British romantic comedy on Netflix called “Man Up” (an odd title that has nearly nothing to do with the plot of the film). The premise is that two people try to meet on a blind date, but due to a mixup, a different girl meets the guy, and they end […]


Do You Prefer the Theatrical or Extended Versions of the Lord of the Rings Movies?

Do You Prefer the Theatrical or Extended Versions of the Lord of the Rings Movies?

Over the years, I’ve watched the Lord of the Rings movies a number of times (especially Fellowship, my favorite). However, they always seemed long enough for my taste, so I never watched the extended versions. That changed last week. Megan and I watched the three movies over a span of 6 days. We weren’t able […]


Do You Pirate Movies That Are Currently in the Theater?

Do You Pirate Movies That Are Currently in the Theater?

I just watched the second episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (great season so far), and I learned something that really caught me off guard, something I’d like to verify with you. Basically, in the episode, the gang are participating in a focus group for a new movie. They’re disappointed to learn that the […]


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Just over 10 years ago, during the Hollywood writer’s strike, a few talented actors used their spare time to create and release a movie called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I heard about it around that time, but me being me, I saw the words “sing-along” in the title and dismissed it–unfairly–as “not for me.” Boy […]


Have You Watched “AlphaGo”?

Have You Watched "AlphaGo"?

I’m not sure how I heard about this documentary; I’m guessing someone recommended it to me and I stuck it on my Netflix list. I’m glad I did, because I recently watched it, and it was utterly fascinating. The core concept shown in the movie is how a company called DeepMind created an AI for […]


What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Far From Home?

What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Far From Home?

I’ll start with my non-spoiler thoughts, and then I’ll make it clear when I get spoilery. Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes, so I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I avoided all trailers and information about it (which, as usual, proved to be a good idea–there are way too […]


My Live-Action Little Mermaid Casting Concern

My Live-Action Little Mermaid Casting Concern

Disney is planning a live-action remake of the animated classic film, The Little Mermaid, and they recently announced the actress for the leading role: singer Halle Bailey. I’m not familiar with Bailey’s music, but from the articles I’ve read about her, she seems talented, vibrant, and beautiful. However, I have one major concern in relation […]


Movie Trope: Secretly Buying All the Things

Movie Trope: Secretly Buying All the Things

There’s a movie trope that’s been around for a while, but it just recently occurred to me while watching Always Be My Maybe. (SPOILER WARNING) In the movie, there’s a pretty big income disparity between Ali Wong’s character and Randall Park’s character. But things start to look up for Park after he takes over the […]


Quick Thoughts on 3 Recent Movies

Quick Thoughts on 3 Recent Movies

Over the last week I’ve seen 3 movies in the theater, so I thought I’d share my quick thoughts on each of them. Booksmart: This is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, definitely a contender for Top 10 of 2019, maybe Top 5. It’s a buddy comedy about two young women who […]


Childhood Sweethearts in Movies

Childhood Sweethearts in Movies

Over the last few days I watched “Always Be My Maybe,” the new romantic comedy on Netflix. I wouldn’t say it’s quite up to the recent standard of Netflix rom coms, but I’m happy they keep making them, and there’s one¬†very¬†funny sequence that’s worth the entire movie (I won’t spoil that part). The movie starts […]


Where Do You Draw the Line with Movie Recommendations to Your Parents?

Where Do You Draw the Line with Movie Recommendations to Your Parents?

Today I was having my weekly phone call with my parents, and I mentioned that I was going to see a new romantic comedy called Long Shot. To my surprise, they had heard of it–apparently they recently read an article that compared it to a role-reversal Pretty Woman, a movie they really enjoy. So as […]


My Top 10 Favorite Things About Avengers: Endgame [SPOILERS]

My Top 10 Favorite Things About Avengers: Endgame [SPOILERS]

On Friday night, I saw a movie that I’ve been hoping for ever since I read the Infinity War comic book series as a kid. At least, I think I hoped for it–at the time I may not have been able to conceive that movies of this size and scope would ever be possible. I […]


What Did You Think About “Ralph Breaks the Internet”?

What Did You Think About "Ralph Breaks the Internet"?

Even after enjoying the first Wreck-It Ralph movie, I had tepid expectations going into the sequel. I think I may have a little bit of fatigue from movies like this and the Lego series where they mix a ton of pop-culture references on the screen. Yet, even more surprisingly, that’s exactly one of the things […]


My Top 10 Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

My Top 10 Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

It’s finally happening! This Friday, I will watch the 22nd film in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame. I’m so excited that I’m trying not to think about it, lest I lose sleep. I’m incredibly curious as to how it will play out–I’ve avoided all trailers and information about it, so I really have no idea what […]


Why Do I Like This Genre of Movie/TV So Much?

Why Do I Like This Genre of Movie/TV So Much?

Have you watched the TV show Schitts Creek? A number of episodes are available on Netflix, so I watched through them a month or so ago. I really enjoyed it. The premise of the show is that a very rich family gets scammed out of their money and is forced to move to a small […]


The “Crazy Rich Asians” Dilemma

The "Crazy Rich Asians" Dilemma

When I watched Crazy Rich Asians last year, something happened at the beginning of the movie that made me pause. It didn’t quite make sense, but I realized if I thought too much about it, I wouldn’t enjoy the rest of the movie. So I just let it go (and proceeded to be entertained). I […]


What Did You Think About “Us”?

What Did You Think About "Us"?

I did something on Saturday I rarely do: I chose to watch a horror movie (in the theater, no less). After watching Get Out at home a year or so ago and regretting not seeing it in the theater, I promised myself I’d see the next Jordan Peele movie with a live audience. There’s something […]


What Did You Think About Captain Marvel?

What Did You Think About Captain Marvel?

I knew from the minute it was announced that I wanted to see a Captain Marvel movie. I knew very little about the character, but I loved the idea of a female-led superhero film (especially after how much I enjoyed Wonder Woman). So I avoided trailers and was giddy with excitement as the lights dimmed […]


What Did You Do This Weekend?

What Did You Do This Weekend?

I had an unusually busy weekend, a nice balance of work and play. I’ve already shared a few of the highlights on social media, but I thought I’d consolidate them here for fun. On Friday afternoon I visited the Audubon Center at the Riverlands, a wildlife preserve for bird. It was mostly a business meeting, […]


Isn’t It Romantic?

Isn't It Romantic?

I love pretty much everything about “Isn’t It Romantic?”, the new romantic comedy. The premise is that Rebel Wilson plays a woman who grew up increasingly jaded about the airbrushed, happily-ever-after world presented to her by rom coms. Her life is the antithesis of these films, yet she’s acutely aware of them–at the beginning of […]


What Would You Shrink?

What Would You Shrink?

One of my favorite movies as a kid was “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” I loved technology and weird gadgets, and I thought the movie did a great job of capturing what it might feel like to shrink down to a tiny size for a while. Of course, the physics behind the concept seemed impossible. […]


Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Okay, random thought about book and movie trilogies: Are there any that are released out of order? I think I was reading The Poppy War recently when this thought occurred to me. While this isn’t the case for the main character in that book, I love books where you meet a fascinating, fully developed characters […]


One Quick Note About Bandersnatch

Before Bandersnatch drifts away from the public consciousness, I wanted to add one quick thought in addition to the video I already posted about it. Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own adventure episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” As you watch, you’re prompted with a series of decisions to steer the direction of the main character and the […]