Ocean’s 8

This is pure speculation, since I’ve never seen any of the Ocean movies before until this one, but I suspect that Ocean’s 8 is guilty of one my least favorite sequel tropes: a popular character — in this case, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) — turns out to have a sibling — in this case, Debbie […]

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that had two strong things going against it. First, it was never a good idea to make a movie showing the backstory of Han Solo. Everything we need to know about him was conveyed perfectly and succinctly in the cantina scene in A New Hope; any […]

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 to 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 […]

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 […]