Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Valerian City and the City of a Thousand Planets directed by Luc Bussan was an intriguing concept. Based on a very little known French comic book series from the 60's, I wasn’t overly excited for it based on the trailers but I was interested to see a new sci-fi adventure movie franchise. This movie had a few good things going for it and there was the foundation for a good movie in there somewhere but along the way so much crap got thrown at it, any semblance of that went out the window. 

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IT Podcast Review (Popcorn Score)

IT Podcast Review (Popcorn Score)

On our second episode of our podcast Popcorn Score we are looking at the new adaptation of Stephen King's famous novel IT Directed by Andy Muschietti. I normally don't really like horror movies but this is about as well made as they come and it shows because it's breaking box office records one after another. We also take some time to discuss the major directorial shake up of Star Wars Episode IX as well as what to look forward to with the Venice Film Festival.

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Dunkirk Podcast Review (Popcorn Score)

Dunkirk Podcast Review (Popcorn Score)

Hey everyone, the couple dozen of you people that follow my blog have probably wondered why I haven't reviewed Dunkirk yet even though it's been one of the biggest movies of the summer. That is because I am excited to tell you that my friend Sofia and I have decided to start a movie podcast where we talk movies and review them, we call it Popcorn Score! Our first episode is on Dunkirk so I decided to hold off on wirting a review for it. I still plan on doing written reviews on here in addition to the podcast but this allows me to talk more freely about the movies and have some fun talking with someone who has different views on movies. 

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The Big Sick Review

The Big Sick Review

The Big Sick was a movie that I’ve been interested in seeing all summer, what can I say I’m a sucker for feel good romantic comedy. This is a very unique movie in that it is based on the beginning of actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s real life relationship and how they actually met. Kumail stars in the movie and plays himself while Emily is played wonderfully by Zoe Kazan. I want to say that I absolutely loved this movie! This movie is so funny, heartwarming, and riveting all at the same time!

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The Dark Tower Review

The Dark Tower Review

The Dark Tower directed by Nikolaj Arcel is an adaptation of the popular book series of the same title by Stephen King. I’ve always heard of The Dark Tower series and have been recommended it by many people but never really took the time to get into it. So going into this movie I didn’t have as many expectations for this film as a lot of other people did. Hoo boy, am I glad I didn’t because I probably would have been sorely disappointed! It’s not an unwatchable movie by any measure but it really doesn’t do much and leaves you incredibly unsatisfied.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Review

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

War for the Planet of the Apes directed by Matt Reeves is third movie in the modern Plant of the Apes reboot series. I haven’t really watched most of the old Planet of the Apes aside from the original one from the 60’s, but I have followed and loved this recent run of films and War is no different. The incredible visuals are some of the best I’ve ever seen but it’s not just the CGI that creates the feeling you are watching talking apes on screen. The story, acting, dialogue and the characters are all written and done so well and multilayered that you can’t help but be sucked in.

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Despicable Me 3 Review

Despicable Me 3 Review

These days the Minions are freaking everywhere and while I’m not overly fond of it I don’t really care too much but I think their dominance has kind of hurt the third Despicable Me movie a little bit. In a way, this is still a movie about Gru and his journey of going from a villain to a good guy but it seems to be sidetracked by a Minions movie within it. I still had a lot of fun laughing at the hilarious jokes and Trey Parker’s villain Balthazar Bratt was awesome but it didn’t quite have the cohesiveness and heart of the first two which I loved.

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Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone in Concert Review

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone in Concert Review

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to experience Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone in Concert at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is where you get to watch the full film on the a big screen while a live orchestra below it performs the entire film score along with it and it is… well for lack of a better word magical! It truly is a different experience when you watch this show as compared to seeing it in a regular theater or in the comfort of your own home and for a movie I’ve easily seen 50 plus times I got a whole new awesome experience all over again just in time for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter!

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Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Most of you are probably thinking “another Spider-Man movie?! Really?!” but I assure you it is different this time around, Spidey is finally back where he belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Of course this new iteration of the wall crawler was already introduced last year in Captain America Civil War as a large cameo but Spider-Man Homecoming directed by John Watts will be his first solo MCU outing and as a huge Spider-Man fan I could not be more excited. There is just so much I love about this movie! It is probably the closest thing to accurately adapting Spider-Man from the comics. You can really tell a great deal of care and attention to detail (minus one huge timeline breaking detail) went into the making of this movie.

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Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver Review

There are few movies I come out of these days and feel like “wow, this is something I haven’t seen before” and Baby Driver did it. In fact Edgar Wright seems to do that with every single one of his movies that I’ve seen, to the point where he is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. From the Cornetto Trilogy to Scott Pilgrim he manages to take normal movie genres like zombie movies, buddy cop or comic book movies and puts his own unique spin on them with creative film making techniques. I’d say he’s done it again with the driving heist movie genre with Baby Driver.

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Dumb Movie Question: What Happened to the Grail Knight at the End of The Last Crusade

Dumb Movie Question: What Happened to the Grail Knight at the End of The Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade is one of my favorite movies of all time and my favorite in the Indiana Jones series. Naturally a movie that deals greatly with mystery and the supernatural there would be many questions that are raised throughout the movies but there has been one very simple one that I have always wondered about. The Holy Grail is protected by the bravest of the three crusade knight brothers for more than 800 years with the help of the life extending powers of the Holy Grail but we never get see what happens to this immortal knight after Indiana Jones recovers the Grail.  Oh also major spoilers for the movie to come. So, on this edition of Dumb Movie Questions we ask:

What happened to the Grail Knight at the end of The Last Crusade?

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Transformers The Last Knight Review

Transformers The Last Knight Review

Transformers, the cinematic equivalent of eating a Jolly Rancher candy you dropped on the ground… You think it still looks good but soon after you remembered you hated the taste of Jolly Ranchers to begin with. Holy hell, I can’t believe they’re still making these! Transformers The Last Knight the fifth movie in the series has somehow managed to be made and it has somehow managed to become the worst one in the series. This movie is just bad with flat characters, a boring first half full things that are never really explained, and nonsensical second half in which I didn’t understand half of what was happening or why.

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Cars 3 Review

Cars 3 Review

The Cars series has been considered the weakest of the Pixar productions especially Cars 2 considered to be the worst Pixar movie by Buzz Lightyears (see what I did there?) So, I didn’t have too high of expectations for Cars 3 but I was interested based on the direction the trailers seemed to be taking with it. The movie does go back to its racing roots of the first and does try to tell a story with more heart and message but I think it falls a bit short. There were things I enjoyed about Cars 3 but then there are other things that really didn’t do it for me.

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Wonder Woman Review

Wonder Woman Review

Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins had a lot riding on it between being the first major female led superhero movie and revitalizing the DC Extended Universe. I was very excited for this movie because it is a new hero that we have previously never seen, which is sad since Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic heroes, part of what’s considered the DC Trinity along with Superman and Batman. Wonder Woman was a great movie I definitely liked this movie more than I thought I would however it’s not without its flaws so let’s dive in.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales was an insanely unnecessary sequel that no one was asking for. For me this franchise was losing steam after the first one, Curse of the Black Pearl and had pretty much lost it all by the end of the third one, At World’s End. So I was genuinely shocked when they announced On Stranger Tides and just plain confused when Dead Men Tell No Tales was announced… This movie isn’t terrible, it has its moments but there’s just not much to it.

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Alien Covenant Review

Alien Covenant Review

Alien Covenant directed by Ridley Scott is the 6th movie in the well-known Alien franchise (if you don’t include the two spinoff AvP movies). I love the first two especially Aliens but my goodness I found Covenant incredibly frustrating to watch. It too long for the story to get going, there aren’t enough tense moments, awkward scenes, and most of all the characters make the stupidest decisions ever! Covenant is not all bad it does do a few things well but man it does a lot wrong.

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Dumb Movie Question: What Order Should You Watch the Star Wars Saga?

Dumb Movie Question: What Order Should You Watch the Star Wars Saga?

Star Wars is in a bit of resurgence right now with release of the new trilogy and the anthology films. More and more people are getting into Star Wars from little kids to adults, but there has always been one big question. Which leads to our next installment of Dumb Movie Questions:

What order should you watch the Star Wars Saga?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

At this point it’s probably no surprise that I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, directed by James Gunn, is a movie that I’ve been very pumped up for! This being the first of THREE MCU movies we’re getting in 2017 is incredibly exciting! Guardians Vol. 2 builds very well on the first one but I do admit this movie does have a few problems with story pacing and structure but this is by far the most heartfelt and funniest movie of the franchise yet!

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Kong Skull Island Review

Kong Skull Island Review

Kong Skull Island directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts was your typical big summer action blockbuster. It was visually impressive and awesome to watch with a lot incredible action set pieces but it really lacked an interesting story or character development. It’s kind of shame too since this movie is supposed to be part of a monster shared universe (because everything must be a shared universe now…) leading up to a brawl between King Kong and Godzilla, which I admit is something I do want to see. I wish cared more about what happens to these characters going forward.

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My Favorite Disney Revival Moments

My Favorite Disney Revival Moments

We are in the midst of what I and many others like to call a Disney’s revival or second renaissance and as a Disney fan it is awesome! I am referring to the recent run of amazing films the Disney Animation Studios has pumped out since 2010’s Tangled up till last year’s Moana. They have consistently produced some of the best animated movies of the last decade something we haven’t seen since their first renaissance of the 90’s. It was a pretty dark time for Disney Animation Studios ever since Tarzan the quality of movies went off the deep end with classics like Brother Bear, Chicken Little and finally coming to an end with Open Range. It’s ok if you’ve never heard of these because Disney knew they had piles of poop and didn’t really market them.

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