Straight Outta Compton Review
Aug16

Straight Outta Compton Review

How does one review a film like Straight Outta Compton? This is not the best made movie, but it is very entertaining. This is not the most honest movie, but there’s enough truth to make it worthwhile. I recommend trying to view the film in context. I was 15 when the album came out. The straight-laced kid that I was, I would believe the public narrative told to me by the media which had latched onto this rap group N.W.A and...

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Shaun the Sheep Review
Aug15

Shaun the Sheep Review

Cuddly goodness or a wolf in movie clothing? I did not know anything about Shaun the Sheep. I did not know it is a currently running tv show that spun off from the revered Wallace and Gromit. So I came into this experience with a totally fresh eye. I looked around the room at the sets of parents and children wondering what was about to happen. As the previews rolled, one animated movie after another projected its advertisement on the...

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review
Jul31

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

Secret Agent Ethan Hunt must take a lot of glucosamine. After tumbling end over end five times in a roll-over car crash, he manages to walk away none the worse for wear. The only possible explanation is his bones are made of some titanium alloy, his skin is that non-rip paper you sometimes get in the mail, and his joints work like a bendy straw. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has the 19 year old spy movie franchise going past the...

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Paper Towns Review
Jul31

Paper Towns Review

Is Paper Towns substantive or throwaway? I rarely see movies like Paper Towns. Young adult fiction that focuses on a potential love story between angsty teens is not my normal cup of tea. The author of the book Paper Towns made an appearance in a filmed segment immediately prior. He explained how proud he was of the film, how everyone worked so hard, and that far more people are involved in the making of a movie than he ever realized....

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Vacation Review
Jul30

Vacation Review

Is Vacation a Good Getaway? I am a fan of the road movie. The screwball antics that happen when a group of people drive around in a car. Two of my favorite comedies of all time are road movies: Planes, Trains, and Autmobiles and Flirting with Disaster. The best of this type of film manages to ground its characters in a reality we can relate to so that our reactions often mimic their reactions and despite the lunacy (e.g. John Candy...

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Ant-Man Review
Jul18

Ant-Man Review

Annoying buzz or big entertainment? For long term readers of my reviews you might be interested to know G.I. Joe returned to watch another Marvel movie. He comes with me to a number of these to help explain his love affair with the comics and teach me about the Marvel references in the film versions. Despite my lack of knowledge of the comic book canon it might seem shocking that he and I agreed on Ant-Man.   Marvel has a brand...

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