Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best “Spider-Man” movie to date. Period.

“Captain America: Civil War” was a big deal in 2016 in many ways, but one of the biggest reasons was it finally brought Spider-Man, played exceptionally well by Tom Holland, back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best “Spider-Man” movie to date. Period.”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“Wreck It Ralph” is one of my favorite Disney movies of the last decade. As a lover of video games (albeit a novice and terrible player of them), it was an absolute delight and had such a strong message of friendship and acceptance that still makes me cry every time I watch it. I even dressed as Wreck It Ralph for Halloween a few years back. So when they announced a sequel was in the works, I was thrilled! And I am happy to report it is as good, if not better, than the original! Continue reading ““Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original”

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish

JK Rowling’s latest entry into her “Wizarding World” franchise hit theaters a few weeks back and immediately the reviews were mixed at best. I saw “Fantastic Beasts” upon its debut in theaters two years ago and was mildly disappointed. However, after a subsequent viewing, it has moved up to the prestigious ranking of “fine”. So going into “Crimes of Grindelwald”, my expectations were minimal. Continue reading ““Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish”

“Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot

Growing up, “Duck Tales” was one of my favorite shows. I had it on VHS even, along with the feature-length film. When I heard it was being rebooted by the Disney Channel, I had my doubts, as I always do. But then when I heard who the primary cast would be – Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”, “House of Lies”), Bobby Moynihan (“SNL”), Danny Pudi (“Community”) as Huey, Dewey, and Louie and none other than the 10th Doctor himself David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Jessica Jones”) as Scrooge McDuck, I was in without having seen a single second of the show. Continue reading ““Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot”

“Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait

Believe it or not, 2004 was 14 years ago. I know, math, right? But that means it’s been almost a decade and a half since the original “Incredibles” was released in theaters. I loved it when I saw it in college, reveling in the by-gone design and old-school comic book-feel of the world writer/director Brad Bird had created. Then we waited. And waited. And forgot. Then remembered. Then probably forgot again. Then Disney/Pixar announced “Incredibles 2” was coming. And we got excited again. Continue reading ““Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait”

“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”

“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”

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