November 18, 2018

Overlord – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

No, this is not a Cloverfield movie. And thank goodness, because if there’s anything  taught us whether the Super Bowl ploy worked on you or not, is that not every (relatively) low-budget sci-fi movie from Paramount needs to be – or even can be – shoehorned into this filmic anthology series of […]
November 15, 2018

The Grinch – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Dr. Seuss works haven’t had the best foray into feature films as many would think, his signature brand of artwork and humor providing plenty of creativity and vibrancy. And it hasn’t been terribly long since the first adaptation, 2000’s , hit theaters. While not the best Yuletide picture, it did […]
November 9, 2018

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Due to the nebulous nature of copyright law, certain properties remain in the public domain and are thus subject to the whims of anyone who wishes to adapt it to a certain media for zero cost. In the world of cinema, this means that producers are more apt to return […]
November 6, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

When it comes to musical biopics – meaning biopics that focus on individuals known for being musicians, instead of biopics that also happen to be musicals – they all generally have the same plot structure: humble beginnings; unmitigated ambition in the face of public skepticism; widespread critical and cultural success; […]
November 1, 2018

First Man – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

There’s something about space exploration that lends itself so well to the silver screen. Whether it’s dealing in the metaphysical like  or factual events like , the translation to being that of a narrative feature is something not many have failed at, at least not on a high-profile project and […]
October 29, 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Six years ago, a little film came out called , which though well received by audiences and critics, made a little too much money to technically be considered a cult classic, even though it certainly feels like one. It was directed by a guy by the name of Drew Goddard, […]
October 25, 2018

Halloween – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

When you’re tasked with resurrecting a franchise that has been beaten down with crappy sequel after crappy sequel, sometimes all you can do is bow down and pay homage to the original. Because as science has proven to us, nostalgia is mentally rewarding, and when originality seems to be a […]
October 15, 2018

The House with a Clock in Its Walls – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

No, this isn’t . Yes, it stars Jack Black. Yes, it’s a kids movie. Yes, it’s a lighthearted tale of mysticism and monsters coming to life and with almost deliberately shoddy CGI that evokes fondness for 90’s Nickelodeon-esque horror. But no, it isn’t Goosebumps 2. But I can understand why it […]
October 14, 2018

A Star is Born – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Man, some movies are just bound to get remade until the end of time. Probably because general audiences don’t realize that the one they’re watching is a remake of a remake. Kind of like how  from two years ago was a remake of  from 1960, which is a remake of […]
October 11, 2018

In Case You Missed It – September 2018

Hey, geeks! So if you read last month’s entry on the indie scene from August, you’ll know that I’m already transitioning out of my focus on that aspect of the film market, mostly due to forces outside my control. And now that I’ve officially cut ties with MoviePass and my […]
October 10, 2018

Venom – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

A lot of people criticized Sony for their unabashed attempt at kickstarting a cinematic universe solely within the Spider-Man mythos a few years ago with  and . While the first was regarded as decent but uneventful, a lot of people lambasted the second for being overly ambitious and overstuffed with […]
October 6, 2018

A Simple Favor – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

This is kind of a tricky flick to pin down. I had trouble all through the marketing trying to make heads or tails of what  was going to be, and even now that I’ve seen it, I still don’t entirely know. Plot-wise, this is a tried-and-true mystery-thriller, but it’s built […]
September 26, 2018

Operation Finale – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Careers are sometimes fun to track in Hollywood, especially when they don’t conform to any one subset or genre ad nauseam to the point that each and every project is just a carbon copy of the last á la Jean-Claude Van Damme or Katherine Heigl. And take for instance director Chris […]
September 24, 2018

The Predator – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Hollywood just won’t let things die. And if they seemingly do, it won’t be for long. Granted, I don’t have high hopes for something like the Dark Universe after the train-wreck that was last year’s , but believe me, despite Universal’s silence on that front, they will not walk away […]
September 15, 2018

The Nun – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

I’m sure it’s pretty common knowledge that perhaps the quintessential prospect studios this decade have sought after are self-sustaining cinematic universes á la the one at Marvel. Yet aside from that example, there haven’t been too many follow-up successes, with DC continually failing to get any kind of a foothold and others […]