Ant-Man and the Wasp

*** The first review I ever published on this blog was for the original Ant-Man, in which I incorrectly guessed that there would not be a sequel. Just reminding all my readers that I am definitely not infallible.  🙂   – Z ***  Ant-Man and the Wasp is very much a mixed bag kind-of-movie. In its best […]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  **** Warning: I am trying something different with this review where I walk through the plot in a bit more detail. Therefore, this review will contain spoilers. **** Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a perfectly acceptable sequel to 2015’s perfectly acceptable Jurassic World. I know that that movie, despite mostly positive reviews at the time […]

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 […]


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, […]

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 […]