Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Eurovision Song Contest: One of the Most Fun Movies I’ve Watched in 2020

Eurovision Song Contest: One of the Most Fun Movies I've Watched in 2020

A few years ago, a German friend showed up at game night with an open invitation for everyone to attend the finale of the Eurovision song contest. The collective response was: What’s Eurovision? I must admit that I still haven’t actually watched the Eurovision contest itself, but my understanding is that it’s kind of like […]


Pet Please #160: Stumbling Upon Fellow Travelers You’ve Already Met

Pet Please #160: Stumbling Upon Fellow Travelers You've Already Met

Megan and I had a Netflix movie night this weekend, and one of the movies we watched was Ibiza. It’s a series of vignettes about three Americans having adventures in Spain. The movie perfectly captured one of my favorite things about traveling: It’s normal to meet or notice a number of other tourists when you’re […]


Does Gore Enhance the Cinematic Experience?

Does Gore Enhance the Cinematic Experience?

This weekend we watched a movie called Upgrade that was mostly quite good. Surprisingly good, actually. Upgrade is set in a not-so-distant future, a future of self-driving cars, police drones, and other things I don’t want to spoil (there are lots of twists, turns, and reveals). The movie starts off with an act of violence, […]


My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Movies

My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Movies

This headline is a bit of a misnomer; while I love Star Wars, I wouldn’t necessarily place all of the movies on a top 10 list. But I like the top 10 format, and I’m going to use it to rank the Star Wars movies on today, May the 4th. I’m going to include The […]


What Did You Think of “Joker”?

What Did You Think of "Joker"?

We finally watched Joker over the weekend. Overall, I thought it was a solid movie with some great direction and acting. I’ll share my spoiler-free thoughts below. Perhaps first and foremost, it was fascinating to watch a supervillain origin story that isn’t at all a superhero movie. It’s just a movie about a sad, crazy […]


Two Mini Movie Reviews: A Knight’s Tale and Mr. Right

Two Mini Movie Reviews: A Knight's Tale and Mr. Right

We watched a few movies this weekend, one new rom com on Netflix (Mr. Right) and one old medieval movie (A Knights Tale). Here are my thoughts: Mr. Right This is a dark romantic comedy about a dancing hitman and a charming woman (job unknown). It got a little too violent at times for my […]


Birds of Prey vs. Shanghai Noon: A Tale of Two Decades

Birds of Prey vs. Shanghai Noon: A Tale of Two Decades

In an odd juxtaposition of two completely unrelated movies released 20 years apart, the other day I watched Shanghai Noon at home almost immediately after seeing Birds of Prey in the theater. Solely due to watching them back to back, I couldn’t help but wonder how good Birds of Prey could have been if it […]


Have You Watched “Game Changers”?

Have You Watched "Game Changers"?

I watched a few movies this weekend, including The Hustle, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and The Aeronauts, but the one I’ll be thinking about–and acting on–for quite some time is a Netflix documentary called Game Changers. When a friend recommended Game Changers to me, presenting it as a film about the benefits of a plant-based […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

I’ll repeat this from last year, as it certainly held true in 2019: Please note that even though the list skews towards big, flashy action movies, I still really enjoy smaller, more intimate films. I may not get as excited about them in advance, but there’s a very good chance there are movies not on […]


The Puzzle of the Movie “Parasite”

The Puzzle of the Movie "Parasite"

Recently, a good friend recommended that I watch the movie “Parasite.” I trust his suggestions, and it didn’t hurt that the movie has 99% positive reviewer ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s appeared on dozens of best-of-2019 lists. However, this may be the first time in a long time that I’ve been baffled by a movie […]


My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2019

Of the 48 new-to-me movies I watched this year, I gave 13 of them a 4.5 rating or higher. So, overall, a down year compared to 2018 (but that didn’t hinder my love of cinema). This seemed to be the near of ending big movie series, as 3 different movies on the list fit that […]


What Was Your Reaction After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

What Was Your Reaction After Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Happy Festivus! While this is typically a day of grievances, the main focus of what I’m going to write below is that I very much enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker, and I’d certainly recommend it to anyone who any Star Wars fan. I think JJ Abrams did a good job at wrapping up the 9-movie […]


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 […]