Movie review: “Captain Marvel”

It’s difficult to be objective about a movie that delights you as much as “Captain Marvel” has delighted me. And that’s why I’m not going to try. Instead, I am going to tell you a few things about the world I grew up in, and see if you recognize anything from your own past there. […]

Movie review: “Aquaman”

Splat. The marine installment of the DC Extended Universe has arrived, and boy is it soggy. An exposition-laden, by-the-numbers origin story detailing Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) struggle to accept his destiny to ascend a throne and unite the world of Atlantis with the world above… you know what, my eyeballs are drying out and life […]

Classic movie review: “Rocky IV”

So Fraser had a suggestion tonight. “Why don’t you write some reviews of classic movies?” he asked. “I’d love to read your review of ‘Rocky IV’.“ So “Rocky IV”. I should start by saying I’ve never actually seen this movie before. Sure, I know what happens in “Rocky IV”. I know it by the same cultural osmosis […]

Movie review: “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”

Real quick: how many Spiderman movies have there been since you started counting? Five? Eighteen? Ninety-three? What happens if you start counting all the movies that Spiderman just appears in? At this point, I’ve been subjected to more stories about Spiderman than I have about Batman, and slightly more about Batman than I have about Jesus, […]

Movie review: “Creed II”

Who do they think we are?   I suppose that’s my real question. Who, exactly, did the makers of “Creed II” think would be paying to see their movie? Some further questions: did they want to tell a story about boxing? About family? Did they like their source material? Had they even seen their source material? […]