Hamilton

Film Title

Hamilton

Synopsis

Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton.

Director

Thomas Kail

Cast

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Anthony Ramos
Chris Jackson
Daveed Diggs
Jasmine Cephas Jones
Jonathan Groff
Leslie Odom Jr.
Okieriete Onaodowan
Phillipa Soo
Renee Elise Goldsberry

Hardcore history. Raise your hand if you know more about Alexander Hamilton than 1) his face is on the ten dollar bill, 2) he created the United States’ central banking system, and 3) was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr. If your hand is up, go try out for Jeopardy! If your hand is […]

Irresistible

Film Title

Irresistible

Synopsis

A retired vet runs for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town

Director

Jon Stewart

Cast

Steve Carell
Rose Bryne
Chris Cooper
Brent Sexton
Will Sasso
C.J. Wilson

“Irresistible” – Politically correct. The United States Supreme Court has made more than a few boneheaded decisions throughout its not-so-illustrious history. Google “bad supreme court decisions,” grab a very large cup of coffee, and get comfortable for hours of eye-opening reading. The best part of that search is it does not matter where you fall […]

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Film Title

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Synopsis

A god complex.

Director

William Shatner

Cast

William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
Deforest Kelley
Nichelle Nichols
James Doohan
George Takei
Walter Koenig
Laurence Luckenbill

Where no one should ever go again. As I noted in my review of Picard, my son has become quite the Star Trek fan. He has most of the actors’ names memorized by role and is borderline obsessed with the Klingons. “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” “Dad, are there Klingons in this one?” […]

Picard (Season 1)

Film Title

Picard (Season 1)

Synopsis

Star trip.

Director

Created by: Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman

Cast

Patrick Stewart
Isa Briones
Harry Treadway
Michelle Hurd
Alison Pill
Santiago Cabrera
Peyton List
Evan Evagora
Brent Spiner
Jonathan Frakes
Marina Sirtis
Jeri Ryan

Make it no. A few weeks ago, we introduced our son to Star Trek by way of a pinball machine. The machine included audio dialogue clips from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness and he was instantly curious to watch them. As of today, he has seen all of the so-called Kelvin trilogy […]

The Way Back

Film Title

The Way Back

Synopsis

The tale of an alcoholic, now featuring high school basketball.

Director

Gavin O'Connor

Cast

Ben Affleck
Al Madrigal
Michaela Watkins
Janina Gavankar
Brandon Wilson
Jeremy Radin

Yellow-bellied and lily-livered. The last time I played organized basketball, I was a sophomore in high school. Our team sucked. We finished the season 1-11, mostly due to the fact that we were playing against teams featuring kids who could dunk (we could not), but also the fact that our coach was an idiot. He […]

Onward

Film Title

Onward

Synopsis

A young boy learns a lesson in fantasy. Plus, magic pants.

Director

Dan Scanlon

Cast

Tom Holland
Chris Pratt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Octavia Spencer
Mel Rodriguez

Are elves aliens? The thoughts of a seven-year old are amazing, especially that he is taking care not to spoil too much. Here are some of those thoughts about the latest Pixar movie, Onward. Alright, what’s the movie we’re talking about right now?Onward. What is Onward?It’s a movie. What is the movie Onward about?These kids, […]

The Invisible Man (2020)

Film Title

The Invisible Man (2020)

Synopsis

An abusive relationship taken to the next, next level.

Director

Leigh Whannell

Cast

Elisabeth Moss
Aldis Hodge
Harriet Dyer
Storm Reid
Oliver Jacskon-Cohen
Michael Dorman

See what I mean? There have been plenty of adaptations of H.G. Wells’ classic The Invisible Man, going all the way back to 1933. My personal experience covers the pretty bad Hollow Man (featuring Kevin Bacon) and hot garbage that is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, not to mention the original novel itself. Based on […]

Sonic the Hedgehog

Film Title

Sonic the Hedgehog

Synopsis

Run Sonic, RUN!

Director

Jeff Fowler

Cast

James Marsden
Jim Carrey
Ben Schwartz
Tika Sumpter

Fair enough. My son was looking forward to seeing Sonic for weeks. I was not as enthusiastic, but such are the sacrifices a parent makes for his kid. Unlike him, my memory of Sonic goes all the way back to the original Sega Genesis game, not to mention I also remember many crappy movies based […]

Downhill

Film Title

Downhill

Synopsis

A family goes on a ski trip and there is nothing about that.

Director

Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Cast

Will Ferrell
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Miranda Otto
Zoe Chao
Zach Woods
Julian Grey
Ammon Jacob Ford

Dear cruel world. The advantage in avoiding all trailers for a movie is that you do not know what is coming. Unfortunately, that is also the danger. What little I knew going into the screening of Downhill was that it starred Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and was about a family on ski trip. IMDb […]

Birds of Prey

Film Title

Birds of Prey

Synopsis

Harley Quinn’s post break-up story.

Director

Cathy Yan

Cast

Margot Robbie
Ewan McGregor
Rosie Perez
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Chris Messina
Ella Jay Basco

Don’t oversell it. Watching a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie is a bit like Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football. Every time you line up the kick, she promises that, this time, she won’t pull it away. By now, you have slipped four discs in your spine, bruised your tailbone, dislocated a hip, and […]