You gotta love the idealism. In an effort to watch more documentaries this year than the zero I watched last year, Science Fair is the second I have watched (the first being the excellent Won’t You Be My Neighbor) so far. I was very interested in Science Fair because I can relate to the high […]
Film TitleScience Fair
A look at the International Science and Engineering Fair competition and its competitors.
DirectorCristina Costantini, Darren Foster
A bunch of kids.
Film TitleSuspiria (2018)
Yawn, except for the pretzel scene
Suspiria (2018) What year is it? (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) I am not quite sure what to make of Suspiria. [Here is link to Matt’s review of the original] On one hand, I found […]
Film TitleWon't You Be My Neighbor
The story of everyone’s favorite grandpa.
It’s such a good feeling. A feeling you know. Fred Rogers believed that most television programming in the 1960s – especially the content aimed at children – was loud and distracting drivel. It was entertainment at the expense of others – pies in the face, slippery banana peels, and stupidity that was intended to get […]
Film TitleFirst Reformed
A preacher is forced to come to terms with every major political and personal issue known to man.
Cedric the Entertainer
The Thanksgiving conversation of the ages. (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) First Reformed is an ambitious film that attempts to take on multiple, major societal and political issues through the lens of a preacher. Abortion, […]
Film TitleRobin Hood (2018)
Robin Hood steals stuff, including your money.
F. Murray Abraham
A steaming wad of everything. In what was one of the weirdest screening experiences of my movie-writing career, I saw the eighty-fourth (approximately) incarnation of Robin Hood, inspiringly titled Robin Hood. The good news is this latest version can be whatever you want it to be. War movie, comedy, action-adventure, romance, B-movie, spoof, fantasy, homage […]
Film TitleFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
A heap of exposition with just a dash of magic.
Not your kids’ Wizarding World. Remember way back in 2001 when a young Daniel Radcliffe charmed us all in a kid’s film based on a children’s book? We thought the first Harry Potter film was a good family affair, even if it did contain snakes, child abuse, and a creepy guy eating unicorns and living […]
Film TitleThe Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Exploring Narnia after the Nutcracker sharted on it.
DirectorLasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston
Ohhhhhh, dear. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the better part of eight days wandering around the various parks of Disney World. The average temperature there this time of year is low-to-mid 80s, but we were lucky enough to experience low-to-mid 90s because climate change is fake news. Toss in some legendary humidity and […]
Film TitleHunter Killer
The hunt for clear and present danger.
Not much below the surface. We are almost into award-consideration season, as movies like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody start. We are also almost into the holiday movie season, where all of the remaining blockbusters of the year stomp all over those award-chasing films. But, we are not there yet, which is why […]
Film TitleFirst Man
Gemini and Apollo, featuring Neil Armstrong.
Nerds. Have you ever ridden Mission Space at Epcot? I have and I love it. My wife has also and decidedly did not love it. I think her exact words were I have a headache and I might throw up. First Man has the same effect without requiring that pesky centrifuge to simulate increased G-forces. […]
Where have all the villains gone? According to IGN, Venom is the twenty-second greatest comic book villain of all-time. I have no idea what that really means because I do not read comic books. I would be very hard-pressed to name twenty-three comic book villains at all (unless we are just naming X-Men bad guys), […]