Movies & Films

Reviews of both new release and older movies & films.

T2 Trainspotting Rock and Rolls through Once-Familiar Destinations

One of the things I have discovered about being a parent is the almost daily quantum experiences of memory. My son, now a toddler, will occasionally remind me of myself several decades ago—after which I always have a feeling like vertigo, like déjà-vu, when I simultaneously feel very young but also view the full scope of all those years in between passing like the view from a train window. It’s a reminder that life may be long at times,...

Prepare a Team of Teenagers with Character Development and You Get the New Power Rangers

I didn’t quite realize how much of a Power Rangers fan I was until yesterday. Knowing that I was about to see Power Rangers, I spent the day singing the old theme—and I don’t just mean the chorus, I mean the lyrical verses that remind us that “Noooooo one can ever take them down!” That being said, I went into the movie with . . . medium expectations. They weren’t too high, but they weren’t bottom of the barrel, either....

Throwback Thursday: Lost in Space Opera

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 1998, there were over 15 film remakes (Psycho, Rear Window, and Parent Trap to name a few), or reimagined films based on television shows (The Avengers). Some were good, or at least made money (City of Angels, A Perfect Murder, You’ve Got Mail), and some were absolutely horrible (Psycho, Godzilla, The Avengers),...

Movies of Mention! Kong: Skull Island, Pete’s Dragon, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters Beauty and the Beast (Now Playing) There may be something there that wasn’t there before, but it’s certainly not something that was needed. Director Bill Condon does deserve some credit for essentially replicating all the familiar songs, characters, and story beats of the original animated...

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale Is a Satisfying Wrap-Up for Fans of the Series

On March 9, I had the chance to attend one of the limited-release showings of anime film Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. Sword Art Online is an anime series I’ve recently gotten into, and I was excited to see what direction the story would take in movie form. The movie is based directly on the anime—to date, there have been two series of SAO, but the movie is primarily based on the first. The original series is set in the near...

Beauty and the Beast Can’t Live Up to the Animated Classic

They say if ain’t broke don’t, fix it. And there’s very little to fix with Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Whatever issues it may have are tertiary nitpicks spawned from the endless stream of Cracked and Buzzfeed articles, essays, theories, parodies, and fanfics. The animation was beyond beautiful, the characters lovable, and the songs undeniably catchy. So revered is it that it became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best...

Throwback Thursday: Dare to Visit the Forbidden Planet

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. Continuing our look into space opera films, we’re setting the way-way-back machine to the year 1956 and looking at the first science-fiction film to take place entirely away from Earth. That movie is MGM’s Forbidden Planet. While a modest success at the box office, no one could have predicted...

Kong: Skull Island Is Almost Lost in the Mist

(Editor’s note: the following review contains mild spoilers for the plot and characters of Kong: Skull Island.) To be honest, writing reviews for a site like Twin Cities Geek poses certain challenges for this film writer. Juggling code switches and deciding on a point of view are usually accompanied by a few wardrobe changes. Tweed jacket and pipe? Famous Monsters T-shirt and Surly beer? Which reviewer am I when I write about geeky movies for a geeky crowd? Surely,...

Why White Minnesotan Liberals Really Need to See Get Out

As soon as I saw the trailer for Get Out in October, I knew that this would be a movie I needed to see. However, at that time I honestly did not anticipate Get Out to be legitimate horror film, even though it was being marketed in that genre. I thought the first trailer was a cleverly edited comedy film to mimic a horror film satirically (similar to the SNL skit “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”). It only made sense to me...

Throwback Thursday: The Darkness Is Your Friend in Pitch Black

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 this column I try to keep all throwbacks in the twentieth century. You have to draw the line somewhere as to what you consider a throwback, and my arbitrary line has been the year 2000. I will occasionally go past that date if I’m looking at a series...
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