Posts Tagged ‘movies’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

Of the 57 movies I watched this year, 21 of them received a 4.5 or 5.0 rating (out of 5), which is more than double the previous year. Maybe it was a great year for movies, or maybe I’m less cynical about being entertained than in the past. This made creating today’s list more difficult […]


A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

There’s one aspect of my Los Angeles trip for which I have no photos, and that’s because photos aren’t allowed at The Magic Castle. However, that won’t stop the experience from being burned in my memory as an amazing night to remember. When I requested LA recommendations on Facebook a few weeks ago, I got […]


Have You Seen This Stunning Trailer?

Have You Seen This Stunning Trailer?

I watched a trailer for a documentary today that nearly brought me to tears. Honestly, I’ve probably had that happen before. But this was different, because it wasn’t the content that moved me in this trailer–rather, it was the format. Before I continue, try to picture in your mind what life looked like during the first World War, […]


What Did You Think of “Widows”?

What Did You Think of "Widows"?

My expectations for the new movie, Widows, were pretty high…and they were vastly exceeded. I’ll keep the first part of this post completely spoiler free. Basically, if you enjoy heist movies, The Wire, compelling characters, and/or superbly directed and acted films, I highly recommend Widows. The one caveat is that there are moments of violence in this […]


I Admire Actors Who Train

Okay, this is really cool. There’s a new Robin Hood movie in the works, and apparently the star of the movie, Taron Egerton, decided to learn how to shoot arrows really, really well. It’s probably unnecessary, but I admire and respect the devotion to his craft. Watch this and tell me you’re not impressed (especially the […]


I Now Know What a Sarlacc Looks Like!

I Now Know What a Sarlacc Looks Like!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VI a good number of times. There’s a great scene near the beginning that takes place on Jabba the Hutt’s vessel. You might remember it as the bikini scene (as do I), but there’s something else in that scene that has fascinated me: the Sarlacc. I’ve always thought of the […]


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too). As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly […]


My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

I love a good romantic comedy. It’s one of my favorite film genres, even to the point that I’ve written a script. When they’re done well–that is, characters do things that make sense, they’re not filled with tropes, and there is both heartwarming romance and laugh-out-loud comedy–they make me incredibly happy. After discussing some favorite […]


How Does Hometown Pride Work?

How Does Hometown Pride Work?

Have you ever heard of someone famous who seems a little familiar, and then you realize that they are your age and grew up in your hometown? That happened to me twice recently. I have this feeling of “hometown pride” despite not knowing these two people at all (and it’s a complete coincidence that we […]


Crazy Rich Relationships

Crazy Rich Relationships

This weekend I saw the movie Crazy Rich Asians. While it’s not the best Asian-led romantic comedy I watched this weekend (Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” takes the crown), I still really enjoyed it. In case you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that a woman is dating a man who […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]