Movie Analysis

  • Hobbitses – A Tolkien history – Behind the Lord of the Rings in epic fantasy films
      Typical! Wait decades for a film with hobbits in, and six come along at the same time! At least, that’s how it felt. Like many teens of the time, I had my copy of the single volume paperback edition of The Lord Of The Rings, shortly after it was first ...
  • The Dumb Movies – How films earn D grades at RunPee
    Here we are near the very bottom of the barrel, after detailed discussion of our A, B, and C range ratings. What films rate the “dumb” D grades at RunPee? How many movies are this bad…and what makes them suck? Just to be clear, a D grade is a FAIL, movie-wise, ...
  • How movies get C Grades at RunPee
    To start with: a C grade isn’t considered a bad movie. It’s just not a good one. It’s average. It can be mediocre, vanilla, fluffy, lightweight, ponderous — or most condemning of all: boring. But in all, these are watchable films. And since every movie is somebody’s favorite, we try to ...
  • What does the ending of JoJo Rabbit mean? (Spoilers)
    So why do JoJo and Elsa share a silly dance at the end of JoJo Rabbit? What does this even mean? When JoJo returns home from the movie’s World War II Nazi adventures, he lets Elsa out of his huge empty house, competently — for once — lacing the red leather ...
  • How do the movies in Star Wars and Star Trek stand up to the Bechdel test?
    Do the characters in Star Wars and Star Trek — movies ostensibly depicting future lives and worlds — pass the Bechdel test? I was up too late one night and decided to think this through. What is the Bechdel test, you ask? It’s generally accepted as whether a work of fiction features ...
  • 5 Older Movies We’d Love Remakes Of (And 5 That Are Perfect)
    It is a truth universally acknowledged: a single movie in possession of a large following must be in want of a remake. At least, that’s how Hollywood executives seem to see things! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the real truth is that remakes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And that’s even ...
  • Why Do Bad Guys Smoke in the Movies?
    Bad guys are smoking in the Movies It seems like smoking cigarettes is movie code for Villain Ahead. Why do the bad guys light up so much? It’s terrible for our lungs/longevity, but we’ve been brought up by the media to see smoking as cool and somewhat sexy (like a femme ...
  • Movie Rant – Why I hated Underwater
    I love Aliens and The Abyss; I’m a sucker for disaster and survival films, even if they aren’t wholly original. So, I was looking forward to watching Underwater. I caught it last night after rewatching Frozen 2 (and which I preferred to the original). But did I like Underwater? In a ...
  • Is the girl from A Quiet Place deaf in real life?
    Is the girl from A Quiet Place deaf in real life? In a word, yes. The girl, aptly played by Millicent Simmonds, is deaf and speaks American Sign Language. And she’ll definitely be in the follow up film, but presumably older, wiser, and quieter. Representing Disability in A Quiet Place Actor-director John ...
  • The Seven Droids We Love from Star Wars (and what exactly they do)
    We love our Star Wars Droids, big and little, especially when they are funny or maybe cute. Moreso when they are funny AND cute — like R2-D2 and BB-8. Every live-action Star Wars movie (plus The Mandalorian) has at least one memorable Droid character tagging along with their human owners. (Yes, ...
  • Every Type of Star Wars Stormtrooper, Explained
    So, I was making my own list of every type of Stormtrooper we see in Star Wars, and I found a definitive video explaining more types than I ever noticed. And I notice most things in science fiction films. One of the great things about Star Wars is the massive ...
  • Star Wars – Death Stars and Planet Killers: Enough Already
    Star Wars is stuck in a Death Star rut. Why is Lucasfilm so attached to Planet Killers? A New Hope opened with a super-weapon. They probably felt they had to up the stakes forever after. How many Star Wars movies feature a Death Star — or something like one? It’s been ...
  • Star Wars Analysis – What does balance in the Force mean?
    Since we first saw The Phantom Menace in 1999, audiences wondered what precisely it meant to bring balance to the Force. Anakin Skywalker was prophesied to “bring it” and at the time, we all assumed it meant to bring more Light Side and less Darkness. Which made no sense, since ...
  • The Force is dead. Long live the Force.
    JJ Abrams and Lucas killed the Force by boxing it into their preconceived needs to tell a story they wanted to tell instead of letting the story tell itself. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Movie analysis – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has lots of enjoyable moments that make the movie worth seeing, but also lots of flaws that could have been avoided. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • The End of Skywalker – the Rise of…Something
    Spoilers ahead for Rise of Skywalker! As of this second, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Episode IX. Are they still actually numbering them? I don’t know… That’s really it… I don’t know… I DON’T know… I’ll start with something easy. This was leaps and ...
  • The political subplot in Knives Out that tells the real plot
    You may go into Knives Out thinking it’s a murder mystery, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s not what the movie is really about. Let’s start by acknowledging that Rian Johnson, the writer and director, did a masterful job. Everything about this movie is top notch. In my book it’s a perfect ...
  • Spoiler-iffic Review of Terminator – Dark Fate
    Please don’t read this review if you haven’t seen Terminator: Dark Fate yet. You’ve now been warned. So, I did a story where I neatly ranked every Terminator film from 1984 through 2015, and they slot themselves perfectly by year. As in the first being the best, T2 coming close on ...
  • Fast & Furious 1 & 4 Is Really ONE MOVIE
    I finally watched a couple of Fast & Furious movies. Even though the upcoming film is called Hobbs & Shaw, I do know they are a F&F spin-off, and was curious about WHY WHY WHY there are all these movies out there about fast cars and criminals? Why these are ...
  • Hobbs & Shaw – The Entire Backstory from Fast and the Furious
    The preview for Hobbs & Shaw looks like an exciting action comedy, but these two characters have a long backstory from the Fast and The Furious franchise.  If you haven’t seen all, or any, of the F&F movies, then you’re probably wondering what you need to know about Luke Hobbs ...
  • Was The Infinity War Snap random in who was dusted?
    A thought occurred to me last night while watching a YouTube video about Thanos’  Snap: were the people who became dust selected at random? At first glance I always assumed so, but maybe not. I’m not a mathematician, and questions of probability can confound even professors of mathematics. I’ll lay out my ...
  • Life on Earth After Avengers: Endgame (Post-post Snap)
    NOTE: Spoilers start right away for Avengers: Endgame. Although it’s a beautiful moment in Avengers: Endgame when Dr. Strange‘s portals opened and The Vanished step back into existence, the sudden return of all these people is very problematic. Let’s assume for a  minute Strange’s sorcerers planned ahead and saved all the people ...
  • Endgame spoiler free review – We got what we needed!
    Avengers Endgame. This isn’t what I wanted. But it’s what we needed. Wow. I could stop there and let the world infer whatever they want. I won’t stop there. But I could… This movie is pure fan service, with an exhilarating story and the conclusion to 11 years of the original Avengers. We get ...
  • Avengers Endgame – a very long breakdown (Massive Spoilers!)
    Hi Avengers fans! Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame lie ahead. If you haven’t seen it and plan to, turn back now. You’ve been warned. We’re serious. Avengers: Endgame is finally upon us. The Decimation is fact. And in the opening scene of this 3 hour whirlwind, we get what is perhaps the ...
  • Warning – Avengers Endgame is not going to be Peetime friendly
    You might be surprised to learn that finding Peetimes in a movie isn’t the hardest part of the RunPee job. Ofttimes we find great Peetimes but get stuck on picking out the best Peetime Cue: a brief line of dialog — or description of some action — that stands out ...
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