A trio of Halloween movies you may or may not enjoy

Starting October first, we begin our annual tradition of watching scary movies. Sometimes they’re Halloween-themed, such as Halloween or Hocus Pocus, but mostly they’re anything horror we can find on streaming services. Disney+ has a new Halloween Collection we’ve been exploring and Netflix is flush with original content, as per usual, so here are three … Continue reading A trio of Halloween movies you may or may not enjoy

“The Social Dilemma” is a frightening documentary of self-reflection in a digital age

Documentaries aren’t usually on the watchlist for this column, but after watching “The Social Dilemma” recently, I think it speaks volumes to kids and parents alike. It’s a hybrid documentary and dramatic film highlighting the dangers of social media on both the personal and global levels from tech industries pioneers - and even the very … Continue reading “The Social Dilemma” is a frightening documentary of self-reflection in a digital age

“The Black Cauldron” is…weird

Have you seen the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron? If not, that’s not too surprising. It hadn’t readily been available until Disney+ added it to their streaming catalog and before that, you probably had to find it on VHS at a garage sale somewhere. As a fan of high fantasy, I was excited to … Continue reading “The Black Cauldron” is…weird

Beyonce’s new visual album “Black is King” is breathtakingly beautiful

Surprise, surprise; I’m reviewing another film on Disney+. I was going to review Hamilton but it wouldn’t have made a very long review. All I need to say is it’s monumental and game-changingly great. Watch it. I already have several times.  Recently, Beyonce premiered her latest “visual album” after the success of “Lemonade” in 2016. … Continue reading Beyonce’s new visual album “Black is King” is breathtakingly beautiful

Movies to watch during the pandemic

Continuing from last week’s column, I shared a list of shows and series I’ve been watching during the last four months in lockdown. Here is my list of movies to watch between binge-ing shows. Also note many/most of these are not family friendly (marked with *), but parents need something to watch after the kids … Continue reading Movies to watch during the pandemic

“Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

Onward is Disney/Pixar’s latest film to hit theaters, starring Tom Holland (Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord in the MCU) as two brothers, Ian and Barley, living in New Mushroomton, a land that once was home to fantastical magic and adventure that has become a hum-drum suburb thanks to modern … Continue reading “Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

Admittedly, I had very little interest in this movie after seeing the first film and finding it hard to remember. That may also be because we watched it on a bus in Florida while the driver got lost on the way back to our hotel, but that’s neither here nor there. Maleficent told the story … Continue reading “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

“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.  This couldn’t be more true about the … 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 … Continue reading The final installment of the “How to Train Your Dragon” films is a fitting end to a delightful trilogy