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 […]

Tomb Raider

Is it wrong to recommend a movie based on its star alone? That’s the situation I find myself in with Tomb Raider.  Truth be told, it’s not an especially good film. It gets caught up for far too long in the trap of an origin story (more on that in the next paragraph), and despite […]

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow is a movie that tries to have its cake and eat it too. It only really wants to be a “shock value” movie that disturbs the audience with graphic depictions of nudity and physical violence. And yet, it’s clear the filmmakers were not willing to cop to that; and so, in an unsuccessful […]

Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie that falls in a strange place for me. As I left the theater after having watched it, I found myself without any strong feelings — either positive or negative — about it. It’s a serviceable superhero film that makes an admirable attempt at addressing the social themes that its central […]