“Like Mike” is a magical throwback journey with a dark underbelly of confusion

Recently on my podcast, my co-host and I picked favorite movies from our childhoods to re-watch to see if they still hold up. The film he picked was 2002’s “Like Mike” starring rapper Lil Bow Wow as a young orphan named Calvin Cambridge who finds an old pair of (supposedly) Michael Jordan’s Nikes and makes a wish to be able to play basketball “like Mike”. After lightning strikes him and the shoes (yes, really), he is imbued with the “powers” of NBA great Jordan, but all the while, only wishes someone would adopt him. Continue reading ““Like Mike” is a magical throwback journey with a dark underbelly of confusion”

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“Paddington” is a delight for the entire family

Initially I had no desire to see “Paddington” in 2014 for any reason other than to review it for this series. Having only a passing knowledge of the children’s book “Paddington Bear”, I assumed it was purely for kids and I wouldn’t have any interest. But then it did amazingly well at the box office. And people were talking about it. And I said to myself, “Really…? Maybe I should see it then.” Then, four years later, “Paddington 2” hits theaters and even more people are talking about it, namely popular comedians from one of my favorite podcasts, “Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo”. And I tend to take their reviews to heart. So, the other night when the wife wasn’t feeling well, we snuggled up in bed and watched the first “Paddington” and I’m happy to say it is delightful! Continue reading ““Paddington” is a delight for the entire family”

“The Last Jedi” is a welcomed new edition to the “Star Wars” franchise

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

I saw “The Last Jedi” over a month ago at the time of this publication, but it’s still quite fresh in my mind. Of course I pre-ordered tickets and saw it on opening night. Of course I wore one of my many Star Wars shirts. Of course I loved it. But it has been very polarizing in the world of film as well as for Star Wars fans. Continue reading ““The Last Jedi” is a welcomed new edition to the “Star Wars” franchise”

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is fun, hilarious, and much better than you’d expect. Trust me.

 

I saw the teaser trailer for the “Jumanji” sequel and thought, “WHAT?! WHY?!” But that’s the nature of teaser trailers. Just a taste to leave you wanting more. After the Internet exploded with hatred and vitriol, I did what everyone should do and READ ABOUT IT first and saw what the premise actually was and was intrigued. Knowing that, I went into the theater with an open mind and low expectations. And surprise, surprise, I LOVED IT. Continue reading ““Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is fun, hilarious, and much better than you’d expect. Trust me.”

“Coco” is a beautiful, magical journey into the Land of the Dead

Disney-Pixar have done it again. Since they began to focus on more culturally-specific films such as Norwegian and Scandinavian culture in “Frozen”, Scottish folklore in “Brave”, and Samoan legends in “Moana”, they have hit the ground running telling stories from other lands that can appeal to a universal audience. Continue reading ““Coco” is a beautiful, magical journey into the Land of the Dead”

“Crisis on Earth-X” crossover event is star-studded and action-packed fun

I look forward to the CW DC TV show crossover event every year. I’ve been a fan of “Arrow” since my best friend bought me the season one DVD. With each new show’s introduction starting with the Flash being introduced on “Arrow”, then “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” spinning off from that AND “Supergirl” moving to the CW from CBS, I’ve been watching the entire lineup with varying degrees of success and regularity, with “The Flash” being the most constant. Continue reading ““Crisis on Earth-X” crossover event is star-studded and action-packed fun”

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 4 raises the stakes to the next level

While I’m about a month behind on reviewing the latest season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” on Netflix, it was well worth the wait. This latest season ramps things up perfectly to continue the already thrilling through-line of the animated series. Down to only six episodes from last season’s seven and the previous two at 13 each, I get the impression this is really the latter half of season 3 in the grand scheme of things. Continue reading ““Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 4 raises the stakes to the next level”

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 3 tackles big topics, delivers big action and fun

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” is easily one of my favorite animated series. Each season develops new and more complex conflicts and character dynamics that elevate what could easily be just a campy Saturday morning cartoon to a respectable, nuanced series great for kids and adults alike. Continue reading ““Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 3 tackles big topics, delivers big action and fun”

“Despicable Me 3” (2017) continues moneymaking machine, but in the best way

“Despicable Me” was actually the reason I started these reviews in the first place. I watched it with my nephews at least three or four times in a row before finally convincing them to put on literally anything else. Since then, there’s come “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions”, and now in theaters is “Despicable Me 3”. As I sat in a nearly empty theater and enjoyed the film, all I could see were crates upon crates of Minion-themed merchandise en-route to stores near you! And it took me out of it… Continue reading ““Despicable Me 3” (2017) continues moneymaking machine, but in the best way”

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