Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Movie Review – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
    There really isn’t a lot to say about this Maleficent sequel. It’s gorgeous to look at. If you like fantasy movies, you’ll have a great time. Angelina Jolie brings back that good/evil vibe she did so well in the original. She also doesn’t look a day older from way back when, ...
  • Movie Review – Zombieland: Double Tap
    Zombieland: Double Tap wasn’t great, but it was better than I expected and certainly satisfying. I’m happy to say that Double Tap avoids the typical disappointment from sequels that were added on to a successful movie as a money grab. #ZL2 has the same charm and wit as the original. I’m ...
  • The Essential Will Smith
      Gemini Man opens October 11.  The name Will Smith has become synonymous with  sci-fi action films.  Smith has had a long and varied career, even if his genre roles are my favorite.  I’ve been a fan of his since I was a kid.  Somewhere I have a Soundtracks cassette of ...
  • Best Superhero Movies That Were Never Made
    Todd Philips’ controversial new film Joker opens this week.  It’s kind of amazing that a character piece with no connection to the DC Universe and no Batman in sight got the green light.  Many other movies aren’t so lucky.  Even movies with major talent attached to them.  Here’s a look ...
  • Movie Review – Ad Astra
      This is a very intense and thought provoking movie. I can’t write the review today, but I’ll give it a B grade for now. I saw in in IMAX, which I recommend for the best “space” experience, and for the constant extreme closeups on Brad Pitt’s face. Suffice to say for ...
  • Top 5 Space Travel Movies
      Ad Astra opens this week.  Starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, it has plenty of Oscar potential.  Pitt plays an astronaut who travels through space to seek his missing father.  In honor of this movie’s opening weekend, here are my top five space travel movies. 5.  The Right Stuff This movie takes ...
  • Movie Review – Beauty and the Beast
      Without any doubt, the 1991 animated Beauty & The Beast is considered among the best of the Disney Princess movies, or any of the the Disney films. It’s from the period known as The Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, and ran through most of the 90s. (I ...
  • Video – Opening Scene to La La Land (that amazing traffic jam dance)
    It’s no secret I’m not a big fan of La La Land (as in, the movie. The city of Los Angeles is fine.) Mostly I think La La Land is a bit silly and overly sentimental. It won a lot of awards, but I just didn’t love it. (Thankfully, I ...
  • Easter Eggs in Aladdin and The Lion King
    Who knew classic, straight-laced, non-Pixar, Original Flavor Disney would start using Easter Eggs? It’s possible they’ve been doing this all along and I haven’t noticed, but usually there’s not a whiff of cross-pollination between, say, Princess properties. No nods to Snow White in Sleeping Beauty, for example, even though both ...
  • Avengers Bests Avatar at Box Office – But Avatar Is Still #1 in My Heart
    Avatar is one of my all time favorite movies.  So I’m a little torn that Avengers: Endgame has broken its box office record. Yes, it’s cool that a superhero movie is now the reigning box office champ of all time. Endgame is the reigning champ And it’s an impressive feat wrapping up ...
  • Tears in the Rain – RIP to Icon Rutger Hauer
    Rutger Hauer sadly passed away July 19th, 2019. Hauer was a character actor best known for genre films.  His most famous and beloved role was the replicant (a type of cyborg) Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner.  If Hauer had done nothing else, he would still be fondly ...
  • 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 ...
  • Movie Review – The Lion King (2019)
    If you’re not a Lion King fan, then I think you’ll find the 2019  live action (CGI, really) version more enjoyable than the animated one, based on more humor and the outstanding cinematography. For my part, I feel a little numb because I effectively watched the movie three times today working ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Lion King – Can Disney Remake a Masterpiece?
    My two cents worth as I anticipate The Lion King this week. I’m fascinated to see how Disney can remake a masterpiece. The original movie was amazing, and the stage musical was also, in an entirely different way. When my daughter, Destiny, and I saw the musical in Chicago, we ...
  • Avengers: Endgame Re-Release Extra Footage Explained
    In an attempt to knock Avatar (2009) off the Biggest Box Office high horse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened their vaults and added some extra footage to Avengers: Endgame in a ‘re-release’. Normally a re-release happens after a movie has been gone awhile, but with MCU fever still running high, Marvel ...
  • Spider-Man & Iron Man – Lyrics to Back in Black by AC/DC
    Starting way back in 2008 with Iron Man‘s use of I Am Iron-Man and, yes, Back in Black, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never been shy of using classic rock hits in their superhero movies. While 2019’s Spiderman: Far From Home doesn’t have as many rocking songs as Spider-Man: Homecoming, ...
  • The Lion King – Lyrics and Video to Hakuna Matata
    The most charming song in the  1994’s beloved The Lion King is where Pumbaa, Timon, and Simba sing Hakuna Matata. Which means, as the meerkat and wildebeast cheerfully describe, “No worries.” A good philosophy…can you watch this scene without smiling? It’s pleasant, funny, and even meaningful — remember the iconic moment ...
  • 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 ...
  • Movie Review – Spider-Man: Far from Home – Fun, but a little underwhelming
      I liked Spider-Man: Far From Home. I liked it a lot. But I didn’t love it, and that surprised me. I adore Tom Holland‘s version of Spider-Man, and think he’s the best Peter Parker ever done, no question. (Notice how this sidesteps Miles Morales‘ stunning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse quite nicely.) ...
  • Movie Review – Yesterday
    The only reason I didn’t give Yesterday an A+ is that, at least for now, I don’t think it’s as good as Love Actually — both written by Richard Curtis — and both are very similar. Yesterday checks all the boxes for a great film: it’s terribly well acted; the pacing ...
  • Movie Review – Men in Black: International
    It isn’t that there’s much wrong with MiB International so much as there isn’t anything right about it: the humor is middling; the pacing is choppy; and the plot/character development is bland. I can’t complain about the acting. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson did good enough with what they had to ...
  • What Makes Men In Black Tick? Looking Back on the MIB Series and Why It Works
    Note: contains minor spoilers for the Men in Black trilogy Men In Black: International opens this week.  Now is as good a time as any to revisit the series and examine it.  What makes these films so successful?  What is their secret?  Let’s take a look at the original trilogy to ...
  • Avengers Endgame Song and Lyrics to Supersonic Rocketship
    Rock Music in the Marvel Cinematic Universe If you’re paying at all attention to the music during the already overcrammed events in Avengers Endgame, you’ll notice a few classic rock songs stand out. This technique’s been in play since Iron Man, but really ramped up with Guardians of the Galaxy and ...
  • 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 ...
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