Deadpool 2

Early on in Deadpool 2, our titular smart aleck mercenary superhero (again played by Ryan Reynolds) tells the audience that this will be a “family movie.” Given the picture’s R-rating and satirical nature, you may be thinking that he’s joking. But in a weird way, he really isn’t. Because while this movie earns its R-rating […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Box Office Analysis

*** This is my one-hundredth post for Z Movie Reviews. I want thank everyone who has stuck with me these last three years. Your support and encouragement have meant the world to me. – Z *** If you are one of my more dedicated readers, you may have noticed that, in addition to reviewing movies, […]

Avengers: Infinity War

***** This review contains spoilers ***** Of the many things that Avengers: Infinity War offers to movie-goers, one of the most fascinating is that it gives audiences a seemingly rare glimpse at cinematic high-context storytelling. More so than with any of the prior entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here is a story that only makes […]


Rampage is a 1986 arcade game in which the player destroys buildings as either a giant ape, a giant lizard/dinosaur, or a giant werewolf. A bar I occasionally go to actually has this game, so I have played it. And while it’s not on the level of the likes of Mario, Donkey Kong, or Pac-Man, […]

Isle of Dogs

Without a doubt, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is the best stop-motion-animated movie I’ve seen since 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Granted, it’s the only stop-motion-animated movie I’ve seen since Kubo and the Two Strings, but, in all seriousness, this movie is of a similarly high caliber of filmmaking. The film is set in […]

A Quiet Place

In A Quiet Place, the earth has been overrun by seemingly invincible monsters that, though blind, are highly sensitive to sound and quickly kill whatever they hear. Most of mankind appears to have been wiped out, but one family in rural New York has managed to survive by learning to live in almost total silence. They […]

Ready Player One

When viewed completely in a vacuum, Ready Player One (based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, which I have not read) is a good movie. Not a great movie; not a profound or especially meaningful movie; not even really all that ambitious a movie by the standards of this day and […]