Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

We've seen  a much better version of this movie before... decades ago. Chris Pratt stars as our raptor-training hero. He's a dino expert with a heart of gold and a cocksure attitude. At the best of times times, he actually felt like an amalgamation of Malcolm and Grant from Jurassic Park. He's joined on the island by Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent… Continue reading Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

Stranger Things, Perfect Things: More Than Just Nostalgia

I love this so much. Let's start there. Spoiler-free review. The storytelling on display in Stranger Things is so entrenched in who I am as an adult that there was no way for this not to feel personal. At a time where pop-culture references get tacked on to token pseudo-geeks, the dialogue between the friends in Stranger Things felt like an honest necessary… Continue reading Stranger Things, Perfect Things: More Than Just Nostalgia

The First Eight Minutes of Stranger Things

This. Is. Perfect. Even though these are the first 8 minutes of the series, I felt like it was seasons into the show—I identified with the characters that much and that quickly. It feels like a mashup of Goonies, X-Files, and even a little Twin Peaks. The score is fantastic. It's loud and obvious and… Continue reading The First Eight Minutes of Stranger Things

The Martian: Elevating the Source Material

All too often, the book a film is based on becomes the default watermark for the story being told. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, it existed first, doesn’t that inherently make it the ideal form of the story? Some would say that the more you stray from the source material, the less successful your… Continue reading The Martian: Elevating the Source Material

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Players: 1 to 8 Time: 60 to 120 Minutes Cost: 40.00 Rating: 4/5 Stars The day is July 4th, 2015 and six figures huddle around a map of London, ignoring the crackle of fireworks outside. There was a murderer on the loose and no time to waste. After all, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to best England's most famous detective at… Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

While We’re Young

I missed this one when it was in theaters despite really digging the teaser (linked below). I love coming of age stories, and a coming of age flick for 30-something's sounded fresh and inventive - even if you didn't find Naomi Watts awkwardly dancing to hip-hop funny. https://www.youtube.com/embed/NRUcm9Qw9io The film stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a Josh… Continue reading While We’re Young