Movies & Films

Reviews of both new release and older movies & films.

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

The Mummy Is Horrific, and Not in the Way It’s Meant to Be

Since movie franchises are all the rage nowadays, Universal has fired up its roster of classic movie monsters for the new Dark Universe film series. First step: give the mummy a makeover to be suitable for an action film. Wait, an action film? Of course—you didn’t expect Universal to spend over $100 million on a horror icon and not make it an action blockbuster, did you? That’s just the world we live in, but I was willing to hear...

Throwback Thursday: The Alien Menace Is Real in Starship Troopers

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In a newsreel that takes a page out of the Triumph of the Will playbook, 1997’s Starship Troopers opens with a clip for military service and citizenship, and it doesn’t let up on the jingoistic propaganda for the rest of its runtime. While a modest success at the box...

It Comes at Night Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

I’ll just start this off with a variation of the spoiler alert. This is a mean movie. This is not a movie to go to if you are feeling the full weight of the world and utter despair with humanity. This will not help you. This is certainly not a movie to go to if you think horror films are all chock-full of knives, boobs, and masked killers. Likewise, if you cringe at the thought of “art horror” (see...

Three More Reasons Why Wonder Woman Is an Important Movie

It wasn’t until about sixth or seventh grade that I realized that Wonder Woman was my absolute favorite superhero. Image Comics had just hit the scene, and the nerdier among us were spending as much time as we could at the comic shops reading, discussing, and debating the brand-new characters from a brand-new publisher and some of the biggest artists and writers in the industry. Like many geeky debates, we nitpicked, criticized, corrected, and teased each other’s opinions, all...

Throwback Thursday: Delving Into Frank Herbert’s Dune

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In compiling the list of space opera films I wanted to cover before CONvergence 2017, I added one of my favorites: David Lynch’s would-be opus Dune (1984). However, when I had my one-year anniversary column at Twin Cities Geek, I covered the entire oeuvre of Lynch (which you can find...

Wonder Woman Is a Movie with Character

Like many braces-wearing, pigtail-rocking, itty-bitty geek girls, I gravitated toward the female characters in my childhood media. I adored Princess Sally in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday-morning cartoon and waited with bated breath for her to appear in the games. (She didn’t.) I mastered the “Spinning Bird Kick” with Chun-Li and took down the villainous M. Bison—and then I did it again with Cammy’s “Cannon Drill.” I cheered for Barbara Gordon when she decided to put on the cape...

Throwback Thursday: Galaxy Quest Is an Homage, Not a Parody

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. One of the first panels I remember attending at CONvergence was a discussion about which parody was better, Galaxy Quest or Spaceballs. The consensus was that the two were hard to compare since they came from entirely different mindsets. While Spaceballs sent up everything having to do with space operas,...

Help Baywatch Make a Splash This Summer

Many things came to mind before I went to the screening of Baywatch. What did I really know about the television series? I knew it starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. I knew it was sort of portrayed to be serious, but in retrospect was somewhat comical in trying to be legitimate. I also knew that it was once the most watched show on television. But what could I expect from a full-feature film with the same plot as the...

Dead Men Talk Too Much in the Latest Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been going for 14 years. It started out as a fun popcorn flick trying to capture the joy of the ride at Walt Disney World, and it succeeded initially. That success was mainly due to Johnny Depp’s whacked-out turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, but as the years progressed the plots got more entangled, with periphery characters all given moments in the spotlight. In the fourth film, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, the franchise...
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