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2017 in Film–It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

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February 3, 2018

It’s Oscar Season, so let’s look back at the films of 2017. 2017 was a strange year.  As long-time readers of this yearly round up of films knows, I usually have trouble putting together a list of 10 films.  Yet this year has a strong 15 movies I wanted to include.  And a healthy amount… Read More ›

A Tale of Two Movies: Why you should see Molly’s Game and skip Roman J. Israel Esq.

  Oscar season has come and movies were released that most of us will not see. And with every year you get a couple of films that seem to have a similar theme.  In this case it was the theme of the problems of the criminal justice system and the two movies that deal with… Read More ›

Justice League, Studio micromanagement, and the cultural consequences

So I wanted to write a review of Justice League. Regrettably, I have yet to see Justice League. I have about 2/3rd’s of Justice League with 20 minutes of Joss Whedon drivel slapped onto it, but I have yet to actually see Zack Snyder’s Justice League. And this is a problem that has serious implications…. Read More ›

Wonder Woman In-Depth Review: Sorry Bruce, Diana is the hero we need and deserve

So, before Justice League comes out we should take a look at what made  Wonder Woman so good, but regrettably not the best DCEU film to come out yet. Not to say this isn’t a great film, the DCEU is way above most films that Hollywood churns, out, and Wonder Woman is no different. And… Read More ›

The Man From Uncle: And Why Nazis Are Always Worse

We’re working with the Russians. It doesn’t get any more Russian than the Red Peril here! It was more or less ignored in 2015 when it came out, didn’t exactly make a profit and (as will almost all enjoyable films) received a less than spectacular rating on Rotten Tomatoes (the web site where critics parrot… Read More ›

The Hitman’s Body Guard: Went for the humor stayed for the action…also some insights to help with modern politics…

It is exactly what it purports to be. Stupid, fun, hilarious action.  That and nothing more. The film follows the Executive Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) in his goal to get world class hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) from London to the Hague to testify in the trial of Belarus dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary… Read More ›

The 25 Best Superhero films prior to Wonder Woman

So Wonder Woman comes out this week.  If the reviews and my faith in the Snyders as executive producers holds this will be one of the best superhero movies ever.  But before we put it up there when we review it this weekend, let’s take a look at the best superhero films ever. Now just… Read More ›

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: Well that was surprising

So before we get into the quality of this film let’s deal with my thinking before going in.  First let’s be honest there has never been a good King Arthur film—from the cocaine fueled insanity that was Excalibur to the bizarre attempt at being historically accurate of the Clive Owen King Arthur (and even the… Read More ›

Guardians Volume 2: Solid if Not Quite As Good as the First One

Beware of Spoilers!!!

The Zookeeper’s Wife: Good but left me wanting more

The Zookeeper’s Wife is an excellent story of the husband and wife who ran the Warsaw Zoo before the Nazi invasion in Poland and who turned their zoo into part of an underground railroad to get Jews out of the ghettos. Just from that description alone you know it is nearly impossible ruin such a… Read More ›

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