Rewatches & Virgin Reviews

  • Did Jordan Peele Play Fair? Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed On Your First Viewing of Us Jordan Peele made a splash with the satiric horror film Get Out and even won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  His new movie Us proves he’s not just a one-hit wonder, but a visionary filmmaker who will keep surprising, delighting, and frightening us for years to come.  (He’s already ...
  • The Matrix After 20 Years – A Retrospective: A Different Kind of Hero, a New Kind of Science Fiction The year was 1999 and all any sci-fi fan could think about was: finally, another Star Wars movie. Had Phantom Menace come out in the age of social media it would have been, well, pretty much what we’re seeing with Avengers: Endgame right now. But, I remember reading an article online ...
  • Dumbo – Lyrics and Video to the Original Disney Classic Song Baby Mine If you don’t mind a having a little cry, watch this original 1941 version of the scene where infant Dumbo is too briefly reunited with mother Jumbo, locked in chains for the crime of protecting her only baby. I can barely type this without tearing up, but it’s one of the ...
  • Dumbo Review – The Original 1941 Animated Classic: High Time for a Remake The original 1941 Dumbo is a strange little movie. Not only is only an hour long (it’s almost a long “short”, if you get my meaning), but has many weird scenes of mostly padding (which would make for great Peetimes, BTW). It’s also…um…wildly racist (there’s no other way to say this, ...
  • Pi Day Movies – the Best Math (or Pie) Films to Watch on March 14 Mid-march, three unusual holidays rear their heads for movie rewatch fun: Pi Day, The Ides of March, and St Patrick’s Day. It all starts on March 13 with Pi Day. That’s the 14th day of the third month: 3.14. If you pay enough attention, you can even celebrate Pi Minutes ...
  • Run Lola Run – A Rewind Review for a Rewind Loop Film Even though I’ve only seen this movie one other time, it’s one of my favorites.  There’s plenty to love about Lola.  The premise is simple: Lola has twenty minutes to raise the money to save her boyfriend Manni’s life.  Each failed attempt causes the clock to reset Groundhog Day-style.  Except ...
  • Happy Death Day – Every “Day” We Watch, and Rewatch (Spoilers) In the movie Happy Death Day, Tree is murdered on her birthday.  Instead of dying, she wakes up and has to relive the day all over again.  Tree relives the same day (and gets murdered) seventeen times. (We only see eleven of the murders because a montage is used to ...
  • Happy Death Day – All the Clues to the Killer (SPOILERS) On first viewing, the twist in Happy Death Day seems to come from nowhere.  But the filmmakers have played fair all along.  If you watch it a second time, all the clues are there for an observant audience member to piece together what’s happening. (I’ve said it in the the ...
  • Rewatch Review – Mary Poppins – The Original & Classic Film As we approach the Oscar season, I decided to rewatch the original Mary Poppins (MP). I’m certainly torn as to which one is better, considering that Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake; it’s a continuation of the Banks family drama. I love Julia Andrews and Emily Blunt as Mary ...
  • Virgin Review – 22 Jump Street (and that truly incredible end credits scene) 22 Jump Street seemed like it would continue the precedent set in 21 Jump Street (and we’re talking about the 2012 & 2014 movies, not the 1980s Johnny Depp TV show), and in one sense, it did. It took two young(ish)-looking cops and sent them undercover as kids. In 21, ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – 21 Jump Street 21 Jump Street is a sweet little film that flew under my radar until last night. When my mother DVRed it (and subsequent sequel 22 Jump Street) to her TV for our movie night, I was confused. Wasn’t this a TV show? A cop procedural from the 80s? She promised me ...
  • Ring in the New Year With Harry and Sally I know there’s more than one movie associated with New Year’s Eve than When Harry Met Sally, but at the moment I can’t think of anything better. And on a re-watch, it still stands up beautifully through time. Ever meet someone you can’t stand at one point in your life, ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Merry Friggin’ Christmas Merry Friggin’ Christmas was a strange, strange film to watch. It seemed to have the distinctive low production values of a Hallmark Holiday Special, yet somehow boasted the clout and cash flow to hire friggin’ Robin Williams as the co-star. (Not to mention Candice Bergen, in a throw-away role.) What ...
  • Classic Movie Re-Watch Review – It’s A Wonderful Life I have to watch It’s A Wonderful Life (IAWL) every year during the holidays. It’s just one of those movies like that annoying drunk uncle at the family reunion…. it never goes away. I revisited Bedford Falls yet again, and this time with my husband (Scott) because he had never seen it ...
  • Movie Review – Vice – Deeply Funny But Tonally Strange I’ll start by saying that I did enjoy Vice a lot — however, there were some really funny lines, usually followed by some dramatic dialog, or blood-letting of some sort — and that’s where I have a problem. The humor at times was outrageous (wait till you see the scene ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton can act. He’s underrated, but shows a consistent range throughout his filmography. During the holiday season, he’s even got two popular rewatchable Christmas songs under his belt. He’s completely believable, whether he’s a smary President of the United States,  or the world’s meanest, drunkest Santa. Spoilers Ahead! And here’s ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Footloose (1984) Somehow, I’ve never seen the original Footloose before. I did catch the remake a few months back and found it mildly awful. I figured the iconic original would impress me more. It did. But only by a small margin. I cannot figure out why this movie has iconic status, much less be considered ...
  • Movie Rewatch Review – Elf Elf is one of those rare truly rewatchably joyous, feel-good family films that everyone, everyone likes. I’ve never met a child or even cranky grownup that doesn’t get animated and shout, “Santa! I KNOW him!”, or spout off a very mildly sly or just plain silly line from this highly ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Jim Carrey’s The Grinch (2000) Holy hell, this was directed by Ron Howard? Normally I love his touch. And as for Jim Carrey, I’ve always been a fan. Not with this. This is the Carrey equivalent of Bill Murrey’s Garfield: a true WTF? I imagine (and know for sure, based on my own great-niece’s preferences) some ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Planet of the Apes (2001) Who knew Tim Burton could direct a grand scale epic adventure? I always thought his specialty was weirdos doing wacky things. But I was surprised and pleased with how much I enjoyed this 2001 version of Planet of the Apes, especially since I’m not impressed with the more recent trilogy. I ...
  • Movie Rewatch Review – The Birdcage When The Birdcage opened as a feature film in 1997, I don’t remember people being quite so terrified of gay men…so it surprised me, 21 years later, to see such fear in the hearts of the young straight couple to admit the groom-to-be had two fathers. Or, as this movie ...
  • Movie Rewatch Review — Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) I don’t know if you can technically call a 26-minute television Christmas Special a movie, but let’s go with it, since it’s almost Christmas, and I owe the nice people who like sappy holiday shows a kind-hearted review. Filmed in 1966 and based off the classic 1957 children’s tale by the ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Magic Stocking (half of it, maybe) I didn’t realize this was one of those Hallmark Specials until I already had my workout pad and weights all spread on the floor and got comfy. (Yes, a little fitness routine during my evening shows is comfort food for me.) But when “HallMark’s Magic Stocking” came onscreen, I gave my mother ...
  • The Three Types of Movie Reviews at RunPee At RunPee.com, we write plenty of movie reviews. A lot (and I mean a LOT, like literally hundreds and possibly a thousand) of insightful write-ups, upon viewing 10 years of films… all to get you Peetimes for the RunPee app. New, current reviews can be read on either our blog, or ...
  • Rewatch Movie Review – My Cousin Vinny Even though this movie was a weird choice to show on network TV, it’s still a super good flick holding up beautifully over time. Why is this a weird choice, you ask? I’ll tell you: it features New Yorkers.  People who like to curse. In New York, cursing is like breathing, ...

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