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Loss and Rogue One (Spoilers)

WARNING. SPOILERS. Primed by Imaginary World’s episode “Workin’ on the Death Star” which deals in part on the ethics of destroying the Death Star, watching Rogue One was not a pleasant experience. Though admittedly, I went in expecting a depressing movie. For the original trilogy to be meaningful, the characters in Rogue One have to…

Captain America: War on Friendship

First a word about spoilers. My TV reviews are full recaps, but movie reviews are limited to only things covered in the trailers and/ or movie posters. If you haven’t seen the Captain America: Civil War trailer and are afraid of spoilers, please don’t read this review. Yesterday, I watched Captain America: Civil War and…

Zootopia: Double Review

I went into it having only seen a few early trailers of a Fox character giving a bunny cop a hard time. There was also that sloth DMV scene, which went on way too long. A lot people are going to talk about the references for adults (there is a great Breaking Bad reference), or…

Unexpected Valentine: Deadpool

After so many gritty, dark super hero movies, we finally get one that is still dark in material but macabre in approach. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is a crude, irreverent, and surprisingly sweet movie. I’m not a follower of the Deadpool comics, but I do know that Deadpool’s claim to fame is that he’s cognizant…

Hail, Caesar! is All Spectacle and Smoke

The Coen Brothers’ latest film Hail, Caesar! is an homage to classic Hollywood, but it is so zany that I never found its heart. Or better yet, it didn’t find mine. It didn’t ring true. And yet, many of its individual parts are funny and wonderful. It’s like the Coen Brothers made a list of…

Profiting Off the End of the World: The Big Short

I didn’t like this movie. But first, here’s some context. Today, I went to the dentist and my reward (here’s a Freaknomics episode on reward bundling) was that I got to go watch a movie and spend the day at the mall. I like my dentist, but I hate going to see her. Even though…

Why Rey Shouldn’t Be [SPOILER]

This contains spoilers. Office poll is complete. Everyone thinks Rey may be Luke’s long lost daughter, but I really really hope she’s not. But before we delve too into this. It shouldn’t matter who Rey’s parents are? I know it is specifically set up as a mystery, which warrants a lot of interest. But on another…

The Force Awakens Review

A word on Spoilers. Rather than write two separate reviews, the top portion of the review is spoiler-free and the bottom has spoilers and demarcated with a giant SPOILERS line. I would characterize myself as a medium-light fan of Star Wars. I am hopelessly nerdy to my hip sister, but I’m a dilettante to others.…

The Martian: Go, Team Terra!

Despite it’s disaster premise, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is the most bighearted, optimistic film about human goodness, intelligence, and resourcefulness in like forever. If you removed the profanity and some of the gore, it would be more wholesome than Disney with all the cooperative competence of classic Star Trek. In a nutshell, Matt Damon gets…

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