Film Review: The Gray Man (2022)

I’ve noticed a trend in the way Netflix makes movies. They snatch up a few good or popular actors, get a half-decent director onboard, and burn obscene amounts of money… using most of their efforts (and budget) for special effects and paying their stars, rather than developing a half-decent story. At this point, it feelsContinue reading “Film Review: The Gray Man (2022)”

Film Review: Prey (2022)

The Predator franchise has had a pretty rough go when it comes to sequels. That’s not to say they’re all devoid of value — Predators (2010) especially is still a pretty good action flick — but not a single one has even come close to the bombastic magic of the original Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. TheContinue reading “Film Review: Prey (2022)”

Film Review: Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

What makes a good book adaptation? Fans of the book itself are often quick to praise or disown these films for their accuracy (or lack thereof). Just look at something like the adapted works of JRR Tolkien; The Lord of the Rings is accurate and praised, The Hobbit is semi-accurate and polarizing, and the LOTRContinue reading “Film Review: Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)”

Film Review: Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Why are we here? Does life have a meaning? If it does, is that meaning liberating despite its elusive nature, or will the comparatively limited scope of human intellect deem it incomprehensible or wholly irrelevant? And if life doesn’t have meaning, is existence beautiful for its perseverance in the light of pure unimportance, or isContinue reading “Film Review: Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)”

Film Review: Nope (2022)

In 1998, a chimpanzee roams the set of a sitcom living room… blood covers his hands and face. Bags and jackets lay abandoned among the studio’s seating, having been left behind by panicked audience members. Mostly obscured by an on-set couch lies a girl, completely motionless with only her legs and feet visible, and missingContinue reading “Film Review: Nope (2022)”

Film Review: Thor: Love & Thunder (2022)

Movies like this make me ponder my responsibilities as an amateur film critic. The vast majority of the time, it’s relatively easy to form an honest opinion that I only hope can benefit you few loyal readers, whether that is to convince you to or dissuade you from watching something at the cinema or onContinue reading “Film Review: Thor: Love & Thunder (2022)”

Series Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi – Season 1 (2022)

“The time of the Jedi is over,” proclaims a wary Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) as he stands in a rocky valley on nightfallen Tatooine. The man with whom he speaks is another Jedi; both men are among the few survivors of Order 66, the Jedi eradication command carried out some 10 years prior. In theContinue reading “Series Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi – Season 1 (2022)”

Film Review: Mad God (2021)

I struggle to find adequate words to describe this mixed-bag of a film, let alone review it… but, here we go.  The candidly titled Mad God is the over-30-year passion project for director Phil Tippett, the man whose resume includes miscellaneous animation and visual effects work for properties such as RoboCop, Jurassic Park, and StarContinue reading “Film Review: Mad God (2021)”

Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 4 (2022)

At long last! The fourth season of everyone’s favorite sci-fi/horror/coming-of-age series on Netflix has returned after a whopping three years (more in dog years and more still in Netflix-junkie years). And I’ll be the first to admit, the delays leading to that three-year gap came as something of a red flag for a series thatContinue reading “Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 4 (2022)”

Film Review: Crimes of the Future (2022)

A child plays in the sands at the edge of a beach. Above him is a beachside house… his mother stands on the porch, shouting down at him not to eat anything he finds down there. Later, the boy is seen brushing his teeth. When he leans over a bucket under the sink to spit,Continue reading “Film Review: Crimes of the Future (2022)”

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