“Hotel Transylvania” is cute and has a lot of heart. But once is enough.

Sometimes movies come along with so much of a marketing push that I get tired of them before I even see them. The trailers are shoved in my face so frequently that whatever merits the film may have are lost because I’m now annoyed at its mere existence.  Continue reading ““Hotel Transylvania” is cute and has a lot of heart. But once is enough.”

The final installment of the “How to Train Your Dragon” films is a fitting end to a delightful trilogy

“How to Train Your Dragon” instantly became one of those movies I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. The sequel was equally good, continuing to develop interesting and complex characters and relationships as well as creating breathtaking animation with even more dragons to love. The third of the series is currently streaming on HBO and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” checks all the right boxes and gives viewers all the right feels. Continue reading “The final installment of the “How to Train Your Dragon” films is a fitting end to a delightful trilogy”

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” works…well enough as a first film in the series

I was very late to the “Harry Potter” party. I saw the first film at the Peerless Theater and wasn’t a huge fan. I thought some of it worked, but most of the performances from the child actors were not great (but honestly how great can 10 years olds be in their first film roles?). I didn’t think much of the series after that until I was in college and my roommate invited me to see the third film in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. I asked if I needed to review the first two films to know what was going on, then promptly fell asleep watching the second. Not a great sign.  Continue reading ““Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” works…well enough as a first film in the series”

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” has all the action and high-fantasy adventure of “The Lord of the Rings” – with puppets

The new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance dropped on August 30 with ten episodes and a (roughly) 90 minute making-of documentary. Fans of the 1982 film have no doubt already binge-watched it in its entirety (we haven’t finished the doc yet), but those unfamiliar might be wondering if it’s worth the watch. I can tell you as someone very late to the Dark Crystal game, it is utterly fantastic.  Continue reading ““The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” has all the action and high-fantasy adventure of “The Lord of the Rings” – with puppets”

WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

It’s well known I poo-poo most sequels sight-unseen because I’m a movie snob. But every once in a while, a great film warrants a second and even sometimes a third. Very rarely can a film series surpass a trilogy both in need for more from the story and in audience interest. So, naturally, when I heard about “Toy Story 4”, I said, “Oh come on. ‘Toy Story 3’ was a masterpiece! How could they possibly make another one?” Well, they did and I’m here to tell you it’s about as perfect as perfect can get. Continue reading “WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET”

‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS

Most people would agree that the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands supreme in the world of superhero movies. DC hasn’t quite figured out the formula of good writing, competent directing, and a balanced use of computer graphics. What they have been long-successful with are their animated series and films, many of which I have devoured excitedly. One I hadn’t seen much of due to not having the Cartoon Network was Teen Titans Go! I have watched all of Teen Titans and Young Justice thanks to Netflix, but had only caught glimpses of the newer series. Watching this on HBO Go recently, I am pleased to report Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a delightfully fun and silly movie kids would love with plenty of jokes for the grown ups too. Continue reading “‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS”

“Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs

On a recent flight, I decided to watch 2018’s “Smallfoot”. I’m a fan of Channing Tatum (he once said hello to me on a film set) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”, “Spiderman: Homecoming”) and the movie looked cute in trailers. Sadly, it did not deliver much more than an in-flight distraction. Continue reading ““Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs”

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)

“The Lego Movie” was a surprise hit for me when it came out in 2014. I had no idea what to expect and it ended up being not only one of my favorite movies of that year, but of the last five years at least! I laughed, I cried, and I really wanted to go to my parents’ basement and play with all my old Lego sets! The ending of the film sets up a sequel pretty obviously, so I was not at all surprised when I saw the first trailers for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” come out. Again, I had no idea what to expect (because how you can top greatness?), so I just waited for my chance to see it. Continue reading ““The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)”

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