[Midnight Sky] Is Very Mediocre, So Lay off

Before watching Midnight Sky, there were the criticisms on Twitter, which do not hold enough weight to make me not watch a movie that seems intriguing, but they are enough to temper my expectations. And maybe it was these tempered expectations that allowed me to enjoy the movie, but enjoy it I did. Midnight Sky theContinue reading “[Midnight Sky] Is Very Mediocre, So Lay off”

Can We Talk About [Back To The Future]?

Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. One movie transcends time and space like no other. Are you telling me you made a time machine… It transcended the ’80s.  Then it went back and transcended the ’50s.  And ever since its release, it has been transcending every time period since. …out of a DeLorean? AndContinue reading “Can We Talk About [Back To The Future]?”

The Apache Relays: The Greatest Upset In Camp History [Heavyweights]

The 90s movie classic Heavyweights is a feel-good comedy that discus-tosses body shaming into the lake like an Apache Relay trophy and then asks viewers all across the world to judge people by their character in order to make them feel good about who they are, which will lead to better decisions and a healthier life.Continue reading “The Apache Relays: The Greatest Upset In Camp History [Heavyweights]”

How can you not be romantic about baseball? [Moneyball]

I once saw a high school baseball coach setting up a baseball field for a game. He walked back and forth from the pitcher’s mound to the dugout as he removed one weighted block from the tarp which protected the mound and walked it to the fence by the dugout. With each block, he carefullyContinue reading “How can you not be romantic about baseball? [Moneyball]”

The Scout Scene [Moneyball]

Few movies are able to communicate their main idea, using only one scene, better than Moneyball does when Billy Beane first meets with his scouts and talent developers. The scene is perfect. The film had established the depths to which the Oakland A’s had fallen in the wake of their team’s pilfering at the hands of richerContinue reading “The Scout Scene [Moneyball]”

I Got Hitler On My Mind [Jojo Rabbit]

Due to the strangeness of certain decisions in the film, as well as an overarching public narrative about it being too odd, it’s easy to dismiss Jojo Rabbit as ludicrous and silly. This is especially true in the beginning of the film, before it descends into more familiar WWII terrain (heavy despondency and meta-commentary about how weContinue reading “I Got Hitler On My Mind [Jojo Rabbit]”

[Nightcrawler] Movie Review: An Uncomfortable Relationship

Nightcrawler was released in 2014, and since then has, very unfortunately, become more and more prescient in its understanding of the escalation of news and the complicated relationship we form with documentation of life.  That was a fun sentence… here is what I mean… Nightcrawler displays subtle genius in the scenario it uses to commentContinue reading “[Nightcrawler] Movie Review: An Uncomfortable Relationship”

I Can’t Beat It [Manchester By The Sea]

I knew I would like Manchester By The Sea, and I assumed I would love it.  I was right.  But it took a couple years on my watch list, and six months of being available for free on Amazon Prime before I watched it. Because as much as I knew I would like it, I knewContinue reading “I Can’t Beat It [Manchester By The Sea]”

Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations

This isn’t a list of the best book-movie adaptations, or a list of movies that are better than the books or vice-versa. I just think these are some of the most interesting combinations of film and writing that I have come across and of which I have something to say.  Jurassic Park Whenever I getContinue reading “Noteworthy Book-Movie Adaptations”

The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]

Love stories and life have three things in common (sorry for the bullshit opener but I swear this will work)…  They get monotonous An amazing person can help get you through them Palm Springs provides a fresh take on them The layers of commentary in Palm Springs leaves the movie open for so much significance and interpretation, butContinue reading “The Not-so Repetitive, Repetitive Approach Of [Palm Springs]”