Thoughts I had While Watching Brad’s Status

1.5 out of 5 stars (one of the worst movies I have seen this year) 1: Is Ben Stiller (the actor) okay? While I respect Stiller for attempting to move into more dramatic territory, I have to wonder if this film isn’t some kind of meditation on the direction his career.  He specializes in endearing losers, but this character just comes off like a sad strange little man.  Even stranger, he's married to a Continue Reading

Pacific Rim Uprising: Fun Sci-Fi Sequel Should Satisfy its Fan base

3 out of 5 stars (average) Pacific Rim Uprising is, above all else, a live-action cartoon.  Its dialogue is cheesy, the characters are basic, and most of the story that is here can be predicted by space satellites.  But who seriously goes to a movie called Pacific Rim Uprising expecting a deep narrative?  All most of us really want to see here are giant monsters (here called Kaijus) fighting giant robots Continue Reading

A Wrinkle In Time: Disney Fantasy Has Diversity, Strong Messages

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best of the year) This article was originally published on on March 23rd, 2018 Live-action Disney movies are a mixed bag.  For every film that goes above and beyond expectations (Pete’s Dragon), there is one with irritatingly underused potential (Cinderella).  Their newest film, A Wrinkle in Time, thankfully sits in the former category, with a mostly solid Continue Reading

Pacific Rim: Uneven Monster Flick has Passable Action, Forgettable Characters

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) B-movies are not normally my cup of tea.  While I enjoyed the some of the Godzilla films for their outright campiness, as well as the 1933 and 2005 King Kong films, a majority of movies in this genre simply do not entertain me.  I see and admire the effort put into them, but that’s normally where my praises end. Enter Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget B-movie about Continue Reading

A Bad Mom’s Christmas: Holiday Sequel Has Twice the Moms, Half the Laughs

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Watching A Bad Mom’s Christmas is like reuniting with old college friends after a few years apart and realizing that you were better off moving on from them.  The original Bad Moms was a solid mixture of wild raunch and unexpectedly effective sentiment that made me appreciate all the pain my mom must have gone through raising me.  The sequel ups Continue Reading

Blink: Indie Drama Explores Domestic Violence With Brutal Realism

5 out of 5 stars (One of the best movies I’ve ever seen) It’s funny how we as a culture place emphasis on certain films, books, video games, etc.  The Harry Potter book series was claimed “important” because it increased national reading averages; Black Panther has been deemed “important” for bringing up race issues in a mainstream film, and so on.  While I certainly appreciate both of those properties for Continue Reading