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June 2016
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DEADPOOL Movie Review – R-Rated Superhero Novelty Wears Out Fast

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My Rating:   Let’s give credit where where credit is due: The anonymous team behind the genius-level marketing campaign for Deadpool, the latest C- or D-level Marvel Comics…

ZOOLANDER 2 Movie Review – Desperately, Aggressively Unfunny WOT (Waste of Time)

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My Rating:   When Ben Stiller decided – and the Powers-That-Be, against their collective best interest, agreed – to make a totally unnecessary, completely redundant sequel to the…

BLU-RAY INVASION – Weeks of 2/2-2/9

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Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of…

PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES Movie Review – Too Late, Too Late

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My Rating:   If the phrase “Too soon, too soon,” has a corollary, it’s, of course, the opposite: “Too late, too late,” four words that aptly, succinctly describe…

Hail, Caesar! Review: Hollywood Chaos Never Looked So Beautiful – Movie Review

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My Rating:   Let me try to write this review without using worn-out sentences like “Heartfelt Homage”, “Love Letter to Cinema” and “Old Hollywood Glamour” (good luck to…

THE FINEST HOURS Is A Solid Rescue Drama – Movie Review

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My Rating: Late January and February are traditionally the dumping ground for awful films.  Imagine a giant metaphoric city dump filled not with actual garbage, but instead with…

BLU-RAY/DVD INVASION – Weeks of 1/19-1/26

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Straight Outta Compton – F. Gary Gray Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado…

13 HOURS Gives Benghazi the Michael Bay Treatment – Movie Review

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My Rating:   At this point, everybody knows what they’re getting with a Michael Bay film. Pretty action and the subtlety of a tank rolling down the road….

12 Best Movies With Drug-Induced Road Trips

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  Drugs can play a key role in any film. They can add stake, bond characters together, or be used for comedic effect. According to Wikipedia, there are…

BLU-RAY INVASION – Week of 1/12/16

The Martian – Ridley Scott During a manned mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. But Watney is…

BLU-RAY/DVD INVASION – Week of 1/5/16

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The Visit – M. Night Shyamalan When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents’ secluded Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right…

Fifteen Great Things About 2015

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A lot of great stuff happened in 2015. Star Wars is back (and pretty cool again), James Bond returned, Fargo was better than ever … choosing only 15 great things from the…

THE BIG SHORT is a Crash Course in the Great Recession – Movie Review

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My Rating: In his 2010 film The Other Guys, writer/director Adam McKay masked his disgust with the Great Recession and the financial industry in a Will Ferrell comedy. The…

THE REVENANT Movie Review – And the Oscar Goes To…

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My Rating:   Leonardo DiCaprio may not have suffered for our sins, let alone died for them (on screen), but he’s certainly done both or nearly both (again…

Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren Was Awesome

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters and most of us have seen it and have our opinions on Adam Driver’s portrayal of Kylo Ren.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Movie Review – One Western to Rule Them All

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My Rating:   We hold these truths to be self-evident; that Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Death Proof, Kill Bill Vol. I-II, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) is…