Toy Story Forky

I counted myself among the many skeptics when Pixar announced the fourth sequel to Toy Story. But, man, this movie punched me in the gut and then snuggled me in a warm, fuzzy blanket. At this point in the series, Woody is an old man. He's getting tired, and he's having trouble maintaining his belief... Continue Reading →

Going Commando on United Airlines

Watching Schwarzenegger in Commando deepened my appreciation for Rainier Wolfcastle, the Simpson’s parody version of Arnie. It has all the hallmarks of a beloved Schwarzenegger and Wolfcastle movie: cheesy one-liners, colorful villains, incredible feats of strength, and, of course, an insanely high body count. The plot is skeletal and mostly serves to move us from... Continue Reading →

Brightburn: Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Some of them wear capes, super freaky face masks and aren't actually heroes. There are some interesting ideas bubbling beneath the surface of the James Gunn-produced Brightburn. The “what if Superman was a bad guy” premise is intriguing enough on its own. After all, contemporary Western society doesn’t deserve a super-being that is noble, just, and... Continue Reading →

Godzilla vs Godzilla: 1954 compared to 2019

I have great memories watching Godzilla movies with old North Carolina buddies who I love but don’t get to see anymore. Maybe that’s why I was mildly curious about Godzilla: King of Monsters. Even though I missed 2014's Godzilla, I watched the original ‘54 version for the first time to prepare. In short, I loved... Continue Reading →

Jordan Peele’s Hollywood Shuffle

I couldn’t stop thinking about Jordan Peele while watching Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle. A month or so ago, the Peele caused a stir when he announced that he probably wouldn’t ever cast a white person as the lead in one of his films. Cries of “reverse racism” flooded social media and comment boards. “These undercover fascist... Continue Reading →

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