Rewatches & Virgin Reviews

  • Rewatch Review – The Long Kiss Goodnight
    The Long Kiss Goodnight is a great film. It has action, thrills, humour, intrigue, suspense… everything! Geena Davis is gorgeous and believable as both the mumsy Samantha Caine and the deadly Charlie Baltimore. Confused? How about if I say that Sam Caine is an anagram of ‘amnesiac? Samuel L Jackson is brilliant ...
  • Rewatch Review – Love Actually (A Brit Perspective)
    Back in October we were talking about articles for the run up to Christmas (yes, this stuff is all actually planned!) and the idea of a rewatch review of Love Actually was mentioned, especially a British take on the film. This took me a little by surprise, as I can’t help ...
  • Movie reviews don’t write themselves…
    I’m fairly confident there is nobody out there with the slightest interest about how I write these reviews, but I’m going to prattle on about it regardless… Thanks to Plague 2.0 and all our cinemas being closed, I’ve been tending to review pre-release, independent films. When I get sent the link ...
  • First View Movie Review – Murder on the Orient Express (No Spoilers)
    I very much enjoyed 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express. As an avid mystery book reader, I’d heard of the 1934 novel in question, of the writer Agatha Christie, and even knew bits and pieces about her recurring eccentric detective Hercule Poirot. (It’s the kind of name that sticks with ...
  • 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 ...
  • RunPee Weekly Newsletter 26th edition (September 9th, 2020)
    The app that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes.   2020 New Movie Review: Bill & Ted Face the Music Was this trilogy capper bodacious? Do we to get to nice things again? I’m here to say that not only are William ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
    While Excellent Adventure was indeed splendiferously excellent, Bogus Journey, as it says on the box, is a bit bogus. It’s worth seeing — and seeing again right now — to prep for the new Bill & Ted trilogy capper Bill & Ted: Face the Music. What was Most Excellent As with Bill ...
  • First View Movie Review – Primer (2004)
    Primer was made with $7,000 USD, filmed mostly with two guys talking in a garage, and took home the Grand Jury Prize from the 2004 Sundance Festival. It features time travel, paradoxes, and a very dense script full of jargon. Primer doesn’t give anything away, and is barely comprehensible upon ...
  • Movie Review – Naked (2017)
    Another Groundhog Day themed film to discuss! As often with this trope, Naked takes a while to get going. Eventually you settle into the rhythm of the repetition and drop a few giggles along the way. With Groundhog Day movies, something has to happen in order to move the day ...
  • 26 Classic Movies to Revisit at the Drive In (And 11 new films)
    As we know, movie theaters are shuttered, due to mounting case totals of CoVid-19. Happily, drive-in theaters are relevant again and seeing a filmatic resurgence. While there are very few new movies (Palm Springs, Greyhound, and Trolls World Tour are among the six we’ve covered below), classic favorites — the ...
  • Classic Movie Review — Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me
    Mike Myers has the best chemistry with himself. This carries through the Austin Powers trilogy, where in each film he plays more versions of himself than before. NOTE: All Classic Movie Reviews have spoilers.  The Spy Who Shagged Me used to be my favorite Austin Powers film, but now it’s kind of ...
  • Oh Look! It’s Him Again! – Recognizing Actor Timothy Spall
    “There’s the funny-looking character actor who plays the same role every time. But I’m the funny-looking character actor who plays many different kinds.” – Timothy Spall Tim Spall is one of those brilliant, chameleonic actors who can turn his hand to any role but — probably because he isn’t classically handsome ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Gremlins
    Gremlins. One of the best non-Christmas Christmas movies ever made. It’s got a bizarre but cemented niche among the classics that somehow stands up after all this time, although Steven Spielberg seemed to be experimenting with genres in those days. Gremlins (1984) isn’t a great movie, but slips into the ...
  • Classic Movie Review – The Goonies
    The Goonies ‘r’ good enough for me! Here’s another Amblin Entertainment kid-based movie by Steven Spielberg that still holds up over time. The Goonies (from 1985) is a charming, fun ride featuring pirates, monsters, secret passageways, treasure maps, cunning kids, and more bike chases than E.T. (What is it with Spielberg, kids, ...
  • Director Paul Verhoeven & the Woeful Reboots of Robocop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers
    What have the following all got in common: Robocop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers? All three are cracking — if a bit O.T.T. — films by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. Usually a term like ‘maverick’ is thrown in at some point but, as the only other Dutch director I’m aware of is ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Mean Girls
    Such a cute classic teen comedy. Mean Girls isn’t striving to be a generational anthem like The Breakfast Club (an A+ movie), or even attempting to do so for young adults  — like St. Elmo’s Fire (rolling through with a B+). Still, within the limitations of being: a small story that’s ...
  • Classic Movie Review – The Empire Strikes Back
    Our first catch of the day The Empire Strikes Back will be impossible to review. Beloved films are always difficult to do justice to without a lot of hand wringing and mental gymnastics. And for a Star Wars movie at the top of its game (a feat never repeated since), it’s ...
  • We’re Adding Classic Movies to the RunPee Database
    Because of Covid19 there aren’t any new blockbusters being released in theaters right now, but there’s plenty of old classic movies that we can rewatch and add to the RunPee database. We’d love it if you fired up the RunPee app to check out our Peetimes and let us know ...
  • Classic Movie Review – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    What an enchanting film! E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is deservedly among the greats. Steven Spielberg proved he was mighty with the movie-making. Who else can take a goofy premise (suburban boy befriends gentle alien) and make it so compelling? So buoyant and wondrous. It seems like it would be a ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Back to the Future
    Back to the Future: Witty, exciting, memorable, perfectly cast, with sparkling chemistry, a fantastic score, and immensely quotable lines. Okay, done. Movie Grade: A+ Well, gosh darn daddy-o, I should probably pen a heavier review…okay, if you insist… There’s that word again, ‘heavy.’ Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Ghostbusters
    It’s hard to review really great movies, especially super amazing classics that are A+++ and can do not wrong. I want to do justice to them in the reviewing, and that’s a lot of pressure. Anyway, Ghostbusters is one of those films that in spite of how silly the premise ...
  • What makes a B grade movie rank at RunPee (using the Rock as an example)
    We’ve discussed movie reviews in the A range at RunPee before, but what about those Bs? To be clear, we consider a B movie as good to very good. But then what do we look for in a B film? B+ movies A B+ movie grade is for very good films. We ...
  • How movies earn an A Grade at RunPee
    We consider an A, any A, from – to +, to be the best a movie in its genre has to offer. And while we sometimes — especially in long-running franchises — grade on a curve, we believe an A movie fulfills our expectations of a feature film of its ...
  • Contagion predictions eerily true about the pandemic…what about the next stage?
    Contagion has been scarily predicting the course of the world’s pandemic. It’s eerie. Have you watched Contagion? I rewatched the 2011 movie last night to see what might be next during our current global crisis, since the film’s been so accurate showing what happened so far. Here are my cursory Contagion ...
  • 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 ...
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