Rewatches & Virgin Reviews

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Passengers Rewatch Review
    I assume you have already seen Passengers. Spoilers ahead. Rewatching Passengers tonight I noticed a flaw in the plot. It was pointed out that the hibernation pods could keep them asleep, and wake them up when they arrived at Homestead II, but they didn’t have the equipment to put someone into hibernation. However, ...
  • Remembering James Bond — Seeing Goldfinger live in the theater
    So what do Pierce Brosnan and I have in common? Both voted “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine in 2001? Both about 6’2”? Both have had a license to kill? Only one of those three is correct but there is something else that we have in common… the first film we saw ...
  • My favorite Sean Connery role: Finding Forrester
    Sean Connery is a Hollywood icon. Beyond his role as the godfather of 007 — James Bond himself — he performed in hit movies such as The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Man Who Would Be King, The Rock (where his character is basically the 007 who ...
  • Top Astronaut Movies to Rewatch Right Now
    Here at RunPee we lean heavily into covering science fiction movies, since we’re huge geeks. You’ve probably noticed. 😉 We especially love movies about scientists and space. There are many wonderful space movies featuring astronauts as heroes…which, of course in real life they are. Think of the training and deprivations these ...
  • Watching Outbreak in the time of CoVid-19
    I recently rewatched the 1994 disaster film Outbreak, because 1. I always loved that movie, 2. kind of dig diseases (I like science, okay?), and 3. there’s a real global pandemic happening right now. You’ve probably heard about that. Also, 4. I needed to get Peetimes for Outbreak, because I’m not the ...
  • Movie Review: A Star Wars Ewok Adventure – Caravan of Courage
    Because I’m a masochist completist, I decided to watch everything Lucasfilm put out about Star Wars. Even if it sucks. I’ve got the atrocious yet fun Star Wars Holiday Special under my belt, plus The Battle for Endor (just bad bad bad), and now mockumentary Return of the Ewok (terrible ...
  • Star Wars Mockumentary Movie Review – Return of the Ewok
    I’ll start this mini-review saying Return of the Ewok is quite sweet, if you can get your hands on a copy — even the bad one currently up on YouTube. This fun little 25-minute mockumentary features Warwick Davis as himself and Wicket the Ewok (inserted Forrest Gump-like) into various scenes ...
  • Contagion – a PSA and movie review
    What makes the movie Contagion so dramatic is that it’s not overly dramatic. This isn’t a virus that wipes out half the world population. There’s no bleeding from the eyes, no walking dead. However, director Steven Soderbergh manages to turn an everyday scene in a coffee shop into the horror movie equivalent ...
  • Star Wars – A Galaxy of Daddy Issues
    Daddy issues. What would Star Wars be without them? And how many Star Wars movies center around this one big Oedipal question? I have to wonder about George Lucas’ extreme father fixation. Darth Vader even means ‘dark father’, which is a seriously big clue right off the bat.  Daddy Issues are ...
  • Every Time Die was in the title of a James Bond Film
    We’ve got the “last” Bond film with Daniel Craig coming out in early April. Of course, DIE is in the title. This is a recognizable Bond thing. But how many 007 movies really have die in the title after all? Let’s take a look. Live and Let Die (1970) I can’t complain ...
  • First View Movie Review: Star Wars – the Battle for Endor
    Because I’m a crazy geek and want to understand all the canon Star Wars material out there, I decided to view all the ‘extra’ shows and movies Lucasfilm created, some of which may or may not be part of the larger narrative. Have you seen The Mandalorian yet? It’s amazing. ...
  • First View Movie Review – Hitch
    Will Smith stars in what I assumed would be a kind of ‘how-to dating primer’ for men. Isn’t that the premise? To take a man, any man, and show him how to use his natural personality to compete in today’s high stakes digital dating world, and get his confidence strong ...
  • Rewatch Movie Review – The Princess Bride (plus the top quotable quotes)
    I know every quote in The Princess Bride. Many old geeks like me do. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this classic spoof fantasy. I introduced it to my mother tonight. She enjoyed seeing all the well-known actors in their younger days, especially Fred Savage, who is so ...
  • All Joker Performances — Ranked
    There’s no denying that the Joker is Batman’s greatest foe. He’s appeared in every type of media there is and been brought to life by some of the biggest actors in Hollywood. But which performance was the best? Below is an attempt to answer that question in chronological order. Please share ...
  • The 6 Most Epic Lightsaber Fights in Star Wars (plus 3 that didn’t make the cut)
    So many Star Wars movies. So many lightsaber and “lightsaber-adjacent” fight scenes over 42 years. Which saber duels are the best, the most visually stunning, or emotionally moving? I don’t know much about sword technique (<—- we wrote about that here) beyond endlessly watching Lord of the Rings or Xena: Warrior ...
  • What is the best all-time series franchise?
    So many movie franchises, so little time. While it’s easy for producers to add yet another movie to any long-running series, it’s not so easy to have every one of them qualify as good, quality films. And in some series, all are decent, but none are outstanding. How to decide ...
  • 7 Hidden Clues/Humor You Might Have Missed in Knives Out.[Spoilers!]
    So far, the RunPee Family watched Knives Out 7 times combined to do the Peetimes. Yes, it’s that hard! The movie is filled with clue Easter eggs. Like one of the characters says, “This guy pretty much lives in a clue board.” Watching it the second time the next day, I ...
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Will Make You Feel Loved Again
    I just came out from viewing A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. And this is funny: last night I watched the award-winning 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor. I like being a sort of completist. Bear this in mind: I don’t like documentaries. I can’t think of another documentary I’d watch ...
  • First View Movie Review – Her
    Her is a moody, introspective piece masquerading as a love story. And while I really do appreciate Scarlett Johanssen’s vocal efforts, I did not enjoy the overwhelming feelings of loneliness permeating this film. I walked away pretty sad, and even woke up sad the next morning. I have no problem with ...
  • Movie Review – Won’t You Be My Neighbor
    Everyone’s saying the Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers movie is great and I definitely plan to see it this Thanksgiving week. I remember loving “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child, with the trolley and the cute puppet kingdom…but haven’t given the show another thought as the decades passed. Then 2018’s documentary ...
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