The Big Sick

After all of the big special effects blockbusters I’ve seen lately, a film like The Big Sick, a smaller, more intimate work that focuses on a human drama and relationships, was the right change of pace for me. The movie, though fictionalized, is based on the real life relationship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his […]

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 […]

Rest in Peace, George Romero

Famed filmmaker George Romero passed away today at the age of 77. While not always thought of as a brilliant auteur, he was a truly influential artist. As the man behind the Night of the Living Dead series, he almost single handedly defined the modern perception of zombies in popular culture, and any media involving […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

For those keeping track, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the Spider-Man series in the last half-decade (the third version of this movie franchise overall in modern times). After the decidedly lukewarm reception to the two The Amazing Spider-Man films, the folks over at Sony elected to create a new Spider-Man series that was more […]

Baby Driver

It’s possible to like a film, and, more importantly, to think it was good, and yet still be somewhat disappointed with it. That’s the odd situation I find myself in with Baby Driver, an entertaining and competently-made work that, given the man responsible for it, didn’t quite meet my expectations. The movie is written and […]

The Mummy

The Mummy is the first entry in what Universal is calling The Dark Universe, its unique attempt to join in on the cinematic universe trend by resurrecting its classic movie monsters from the 1930s-1950s and tying them together with an overarching narrative. Alas, it’s also a pretty bad film, a hodgepodge of half-baked narrative ideas, […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Growing up, I was an enormous fan of the Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey. Their unique brand of wit, humor, and creativity (e.g., allowing the reader to employ primitive animation in the books through a technique hilariously referred to as Flip-O-Rama) really struck a chord with me. And while I have long since aged out […]