Welcome to Marwen

Film Title

Welcome to Marwen

Synopsis

How to cope with PTSD. One way at least.

Director

Robert Zemeckis

Cast

Steve Carrell
Leslie Mann
Eiza Gonzalez
Merritt Wever
Gwendoline Christie
Janelle Monae
Diane Kruger
Leslie Zemeckis

Why, thank you. There is such a thing as too much political correctness, but chances are high you have not actually experienced that situation.  The general rule of thumb is if someone is complaining about political correctness, that person is really just whining that he or she can’t be an asshole to other people without […]

Bumblebee

Film Title

Bumblebee

Synopsis

A girl and her robot car are chased by two other robot cars and it was not ruined by Michael Bay.

Director

Travis Knight

Cast

Hailee Steinfeld
John Cena
Pamela Adlon
John Ortiz
Stephen Schneider
Jason Drucker
Dylan O'Brien (Voice)
Angela Bassett (Voice)
Justin Theroux (Voice)
Peter Cullen (Voice)

Are we sure this is a Transformers movie? As Bumblebee unfolded before our eyes, I had to keep asking myself if my son and I were really watching a Transformers movie.  There were no racist versions of transformers.  The movie was not exploding every twelve seconds.  There were no robots or dogs trying to hump […]

Aquaman

Film Title

Aquaman

Synopsis

Aquaman sucks.

Director

James Wan

Cast

Jason Momoa
Amber Heard
Willem Dafoe
Patrick Wilson
Nicole Kidman
Dolph Lundgren
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Spoon-feeding with a comically oversized ladle. I did not think Warner Brothers and DC Films could make a worse movie than Green Lantern, but Aquaman is that movie.  The point at which Aquaman stepped on my last shred of hope was when the octopus played the drums.  I am not making that up.  You do […]

Widows

Film Title

Widows

Synopsis

I will have a political-heist-thriller with a twist.

Director

Steve McQueen

Cast

Viola Davis
Michelle Rodriguez
Elizabeth Debicki
Liam Neeson
Colin Farrell
Brian Tyree Henry
Daniel Kaluuya
Robert Duvall
Cynthia Erivo

I swear this movie could have been better. I could swear director Steve McQueen has a longer filmography. I could swear that he has done a whole slew of movies similar to Widows. If we are counting the more than twenty short films he has directed, we get to that slew, but I have definitely […]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Film Title

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Synopsis

A troupe of Spider-Persons try to save the universe.

Director

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Cast

Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Brian Tyree Henry
Lily Tomlin
Zoe Kravitz
John Mulaney
Kimiko Glenn
Nicholas Cage
Kathryn Hahn
Liev Schreiber
Chris Pine

The best animated feature of the year? I was not planning on going to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I assumed it was going to be a throw-away film aimed specifically at comic book nerds to make an easy buck. Then, my wife asked if I was taking our six-year old son and, before I […]

Free Solo

Film Title

Free Solo

Synopsis

A lunatic climbs a really big cliff.

Director

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Cast

Alex Honnold
Sanni McCandless

Do not try this at home. Or ANYWHERE! Free Solo sounds like the sequel to this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story; the harrowing tale of a band of ragtag rebels trying to free Han Solo from his service to Jabba the Hutt. In truth, Free Solo is nearly the perfect opposite of that. Free […]

Science Fair

Film Title

Science Fair

Synopsis

A look at the International Science and Engineering Fair competition and its competitors.

Director

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Cast

A bunch of kids.

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 […]

Suspiria (2018) What Year Is It?

Film Title

Suspiria (2018)

Synopsis

Yawn, except for the pretzel scene

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Dakota Johnson
Tilda Swinton
Doris Hick
Malgorzata Bela
Angela Winkler

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 […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Film Title

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Synopsis

The story of everyone’s favorite grandpa.

Director

Morgan Neville

Cast

Fred Rogers
Joanne Rogers
John Rogers

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 […]

First Reformed

Film Title

First Reformed

Synopsis

A preacher is forced to come to terms with every major political and personal issue known to man.

Director

Paul Schrader

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Amanda Seyfried
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, […]