“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”

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