Category Archives: Review

…play to your strengths

Sequels can be a sore subject amongst film fans. All too often they fail to live up to the original and in some cases undo some of the greatness that once was, but every now and then a sequel comes along that reminds why we keep trying and what great episodic storytelling can do. This summer, that movie is “Incredibles 2.”

And with 14 years to make it, frankly, it really couldn’t have been anything less than excellent. But for the record, that doesn’t excuse you, “Cars 2,” you know what you did. But the mediocre sequels make the truly exceptional ones that much sweeter and sweet is just one of the many words I would use to describe “Incredibles 2.” Read the rest of this entry

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…lead by example

We are living in extraordinary times, crusaders. As absolutely overwhelming as they can be, they are (for better or worse) uncommon. Unfortunately, fear and distrust are no strangers to current events, and it’s easy to lose sight of that bigger picture when you’re in the middle of those smaller but significant moments.

So, I wouldn’t blame you if you missed a moment of historic proportions that happened quietly while much of the world’s attention was focused elsewhere.

I’m of course talking about the incredible night “The Band’s Visit” had at the Tonys on Sunday and the history they made in the process. Read the rest of this entry

…overlook

In the midst of a summer full of superheroes, intergalactic escapades, and dinosaurs, there’s something surprisingly low-key about “Ocean’s Eight,” a good, old-fashioned, female-forward heist movie…you know with a cast that will absolutely blow your mind, but other than that, low-key.

From the start, it’s clear Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) walks to the beat of a slightly different drummer than her brother Danny (George Clooney…but he does not appear in this film…for the record). Yes, of course, she’s in the family business of ridiculously clever crime and extreme charm, but her jobs have a flair that Danny just doesn’t quite attain. Although the fact that it all takes place in the middle of the Met Gala earns it immediate style points. Read the rest of this entry

…Go Solo

Before venturing into “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” there’s one thing you need to understand — Harrison Ford is Han Solo, and the Millennium Falcon did make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Okay, make that two things.

Other than that, you can sit back and enjoy this origin story that feels more like a sci-fi western than a Star Wars story.

From the beginning, it is very clear that Han (Alden Ehrenreich) has always been Han, even with out his Wookiee sidekick or the Millennium Falcon. When we first meet him, he’s bribing his way off the planet Corellia with his girlfriend, Qi’ra (Emelia Clarke). Read the rest of this entry

…kill it

As our “hero” states in his opening voiceover, “Deadpool 2” is a family movie. And I have to say, he’s absolutely right. Seriously.

Okay, not so much in the traditional sense…please, dear god, do not bring the children…but in the sense that it is about a family. Yes, they have problems. Yes, they have enemies. But at the end of the day, they would decapitate any henchman who tried to lay a finger on their family. Read the rest of this entry