Rewatches & Virgin Reviews

  • The Shallows – First View Movie Review (2016)
    The Shallows is much better than The Reef (or the more recent Crawl) but offers the same kind of apex predator adventure. Blake Lively (as Nancy) tells a more compelling story, however, through sheer acting talent and believable physicality. What do you do when you you’re trapped on a rock, spitting ...
  • Deep Blue Sea – First View Movie Review
    I just watched 1999s Deep Blue Sea for the first time, during Shark Week 2019. DBS is sort of like Jurassic World if the Mosasaurus started hunting the lab techs. With some Samuel L Jackson on the side — although someone else got his famous line. And there’s a nod ...
  • Top Five Movies about the Civil War
    What makes a great American Civil War movie? The battles, the politics, the inhumanity of slavery, brother against brother, the great generals of both sides, the personal sides of war, families being torn apart, or all of the above? The movies I’ve listed contain all or most of the issues listed ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Lion King – Rewatch Review of the Animated Classic
    This week the rebooted version of The Lion King arrives in theaters. But before that happens, I want to say a few things. To start with, the original 1994 Lion King is one of the best Disney movies EVER. For me, it’s right after The Little Mermaid, and that’s saying ...
  • Surprise! The Lion King is a Hamlet Remake
    As you may know there, is a controversy that surrounds The Lion King. The fact that it possibly stole its entire movie from one called Kimba the White Lion is one ting…but we’re not talking about that here. We are going to be talking about how the Lion King is ...
  • What Downton Abbey is About, and How to Binge Watch It
    I’m doing a 6-season rewatch of UK period drama Downtown Abbey — and Mary Mother of God — I’ve forgotten how melodramatic this show was. There are entire storylines I fast-forward past as I trudge along. (I refuse to pay any more attention the overwrought Anna/Mr. Bates storyline than I ...
  • All Men In Black Films, Ranked
    To prep for Men In Black: International, I did a little series rewatch, and discovered a few things: the original movie is still fresh and funny, the second film still hurts to watch, and I totally forgot everything that happened in the third MIB outing. But that’s actually a good ...
  • First-View Movie Review – 47 Meters Down (2017)
    47 Meters Down is a surprisingly decent shark movie. And it’s not even that scary – the horror level was low (and I’m a horror scaredy-cat, so trust me). What 47 Meters Down had going for it was a unique shark premise, and a gripping survival element. While the girls ...
  • Newie Review – The Reef – Low Budget, Decent, Non Campy Shark Movie
    This 2010 Aussie shark film should be fairly simple to review, as nothing much happened besides a lot of open ocean swimming. If you’re frightened easily and don’t like horror, don’t worry: you won’t have much trouble watching The Reef. It’s not that kind of movie. I’m not entirely clear ...
  • Newbie Movie Review – Suicide Squad (2016)
    Surprise, Surprise. Justice League is Actually a Good DC Flick Movie Truism: Maybe going into a movie with low expectations makes it better. I didn’t bother to see DC’s highly anticipated 2016 Suicide Squad in the theaters because it was so lowly-regarded among critics and viewers alike. So I just let ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    I miss a lot of animated features working for RunPee, since that’s really RunPee Mom’s genre, and I see mostly science fiction, fantasy, and superhero blockbusters. So little gems like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs from Sony’s Animation Studio frequently slip past my radar for years. I just caught ...
  • Rewatch Movie Review – Stardust – A Great Vintage Fantasy Film
    “A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.” And with those opening lines we are immediately enchanted by the world of “Stardust” (2007). And enchanting is ...
  • Want to be a MIB? A Satirical Review of the Original Men in Black (1997)
    *Flash* Everyone listen now: what you may think you just experienced is a house party with drunk teenagers and a crazy, lonely lady. In actuality, you traveled back in time 22 years to help us, the Men in Black, save the galaxy from an alien invasion. We’re looking for some new ...
  • First View Movie Review – Jumanji (1995)
    Adoring as I do Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle — my favorite film of 2017 — I looked forward to finally watching the original Jumanji with Robin Williams. My understanding was the game updates itself for its era, meaning the 1995  game would be a vintage style board game ...
  • A Godzilla Newbie Watches King of the Monsters
    Having not seen any of the previous Godzilla movies, I’m not sure what I was expecting going in to see this 4th film. I had no notion what was coming, other than ‘large monsters destroying cities’. The beginning of the movie does a fair job filling the viewer in to ...
  • Every X-Men Film Explained
    Dark Phoenix marks the 12th film in the X-Men franchise.  While there is still one more X-Men film in the can, this will be our last journey with this set of characters.  Now that Disney owns both Fox and Marvel, they will supposedly reboot the franchise at some point and ...
  • Rewatch Review – A Look Back at The Hunger Games Series
    The Hunger Games, My current favorite franchise. Again… Last night I wasn’t in the mood for TV. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch a movie, read a book, play the PS4…On a whim, I started the Vudu app on the fire stick and browsed my digital copy collection. When ...
  • Rewatch Review – Godzilla (1998) – More overthinking than this film deserves
    I really don’t want to make this a long review, since the movie’s trash and it’s not worth a lot of my day. I say all this in advance and with apologies to Matthew Broderick, who’s a fine actor. Broderick is always adorable, and can normally pull a film out any ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Godzilla (2014) – Not as bad as the last one
    Did this movie do Godzilla right? Yes,  better than the previous Godzilla. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? (It isn’t.) The 2014 Godzilla HAD to be an improvment over the  1998s  Matthew Broderick mess, just to even things out. But I’ll save that for its own review. In case you find the ...
  • Rewatch Review – Disney’s Animated Aladdin (1992) – A Classic Film with Deeply Modern Flaws
    The animated Aladdin of 1992 is a beloved Disney classic. It’s one of the great films of the Disney Renaissance Era, and features A Whole New World, a TOP EVER song of ever in the the Disney oeuvre. Yet parts of Aladdin are deeply problematic to modern audiences. Disney is ...
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Does It Better than The Hustle – A Rewatch Review
    Although Dirty Rotten Scoundrels came out 30 years ago, it’s still the movie to beat when compared with the 2019 female-led remake The Hustle. Starring Steve Martin, Michael Cain, and Glenne Headley (who died last year — RIP), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels provides a witty journey with a pair of cons ...
  • 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 ...
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