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 […]

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 […]

The Shape of Water

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a strange, bold hybrid of Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, E.T., Free Willy, and La La Land that, despite its eclectic grab bag of influences, pulls off the impressive feat of not being a total mess. The movie centers around Elisa […]

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    ***Warning, there will be spoilers in this review*** Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is a movie I have surprisingly complicated feelings towards. On the one hand, it’s a pretty good film. It’s got a few issues here and there, but it’s competently made, solidly entertaining, and even moving at times. On […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least some version of it anyway) is considered by many to be an untouchable classic of cinematic science fiction. As such, any follow up to it always felt like it would be an inherently wrong-headed idea. Not only would it seemingly be wholly unnecessary from a narrative standpoint, but it would be […]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an awesomely terrible film.  Awesome in the sense that this is, in all honesty, the most visually dazzling science fiction movie since 2009’s Avatar; terrible in the sense that it has a shockingly unfocused, poorly written, tonally ajar story that drags the whole enterprise down. Not […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

For all the complaining I do about the excess of remakes, reboots, and general attempts to extend a franchise in anyway possible that currently exist in the Hollywood system and how often they fall short compared to what came before, it is worth mentioning that it is, in fact, possible to revisit old material in […]