“Groundhog Day”, But Better | “Palm Springs” 2020 Hulu Movie Review

By any account, Harold Ramis’ 1993 film “Groundhog Day” is an absolute classic, containing not only a unique concept, but a great performance by Bill Murray. But its concept — in which a main character (or characters) live one day over and over again until they break free of the time loop, had much room for refinement and fine-tuning. Enter “Palm Springs”, a Lonely Island … Continue reading “Groundhog Day”, But Better | “Palm Springs” 2020 Hulu Movie Review

Living With Your Crimes As A Zombie | “The Cured” 2017 Movie Review

2017’s “The Cured,” now available to stream on Hulu, reminds me a whole lot of the BBC show “In The Flesh,” which I enjoyed when I wasn’t watching “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black” and “Merlin” back in the day, and indeed, it has a similar premise. Like “In The Flesh,” “The Cured” portrays a world that has conquered the zombie apocalypse, albeit “The Cured”, true to … Continue reading Living With Your Crimes As A Zombie | “The Cured” 2017 Movie Review

Ja Ja Ding Dong | “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” 2020 Netflix Movie Review 

Not many successful musical comedies exist on film, and that’s because both genres must strike a precarious balance. “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”, a Netflix film that was partially funded by the Icelandic government merges a very average Will Ferrell comedy with legitimately good music numbers through the vehicle of the Eurovision Song Contest.  As such, the film is part advertisement for Iceland, Eurovision and European … Continue reading Ja Ja Ding Dong | “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” 2020 Netflix Movie Review 

Dollar Store Percy Jackson | “Artemis Fowl” 2020 Disney Plus Movie Review

It’s difficult to convert a best-selling young adult children’s book into a great film. “Percy Jackson”, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” are just some examples of YA novel-inspired film series that did so with initial success, before fizzling out.  What is remarkable with the “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” film franchises is that, while not all their films were perfect, they … Continue reading Dollar Store Percy Jackson | “Artemis Fowl” 2020 Disney Plus Movie Review

The Self-Destruction of J.K. Rowling | Column from the Editor

Ten years ago, J.K. Rowling was the gold standard for young adult literature, and her accomplished “Harry Potter” novel series might be the best YA series of novels of all time. Her books were so popular, for a brief time, she got kids interested in reading amid the technological revolutions of the late 90s and early 2000s, and indeed, her books are really, really good for … Continue reading The Self-Destruction of J.K. Rowling | Column from the Editor

From Panels to Film: Top 10 Best Comic Book Films and Shows of 2019 | Column from the Critic

2019 was an interesting year for comic book based shows and movies, from big title blockbusters like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Joker” to originally lesser-known independent titles that became sleeper hits like “The Boys” and “The Umbrella Academy.” Some were great, some were good, some I’m partial to and finally, we have those that I feel like were wastes of my time and money. So, without … Continue reading From Panels to Film: Top 10 Best Comic Book Films and Shows of 2019 | Column from the Critic

Nintendo’s Smash Direct: The ‘Ultimate’ trailer video

Nintendo fans everywhere rejoiced as Nintendo big wig Masahiro Sakurai graced the audience with his presence in last week’s Smash Direct. The hardworking director of the soon-to-be monstrous hit “Smash Ultimate” planned the Direct out three days ahead of time, and the hype that went into the momentous event wasn’t just well justified: it was blown out of the water, completely. New characters, new modes, even modifications to modes of old and, of course, a few cliffbreakers, highlighted the mega direct.

Let’s recap and review: Continue reading “Nintendo’s Smash Direct: The ‘Ultimate’ trailer video”

Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time

Here we go again.

When I first saw that subtitle for the new “Mamma Mia!” film, I read it with some contempt. Memories of Pierce Brosnan and pre-“Into The Woods” Meryl Streep singing plagued my memories, and I couldn’t sleep. I put “Mamma Mia!” 2 on my most anticipated summer movies list only because I thought that certainly there was no way it could be good. It was a sequel to a movie based on a musical that butchered the “musical” part by forcing tone-deaf celebrities to sing, only saved by its fantastical cinematography and ABBA soundtrack. It’s a film that I’ve never been able to finish, though to be fair, I’ve never been given the first film a proper shot. Jukebox musical romantic comedies aren’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m a firm believer that with effort, any good genre film can be enjoyed based on the codes and conventions of its native genre, the trick is just picking up on them and adjusting your expectations accordingly.

So for the second film, I was actually able to get into it.  Continue reading “Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time”

Aquaman will probably dissapoint

“Man of Steel” disappointed. “Batman v. Superman” bombed in a spectacular fashion. “Suicide Squad” bombed. “Wonder Woman” was genuinely good. And “Justice League” was just ok.

And now we have “Aquaman.” Oh, Aquaman. “My man!” as Jason Momoa’s bafoonish testosterone-induced version of the character would say.

But you’re not my man. You’re no one’s man. You’re Jason Momoa playing an overcompensation of a traditionally mild-mannered joke of a character, stuck in between Zack Snyder’s dark and gloomy ugly-CGI “Man of Steel” Universe, and Joss Whedon’s over-corrected “Justice League” Universe. Momoa’s portrayal of the character is one of identity crisis, and the only sample of his character we saw was in a poorly-written by-the-numbers movie that didn’t know what it wanted to be. I hate to say it, but Momoa’s impact as Aquaman was as noticeable as any of the disposable “Suicide Squad” characters, and I would have you know that I mean that in the nicest way possible (“Suicide Squad” is a guilty pleasure of mine); that’s to say, he didn’t offend, like the god-awful Jared Leto Joker we got in that film, but he didn’t make an impact, either.  Continue reading “Aquaman will probably dissapoint”