Tag Archives: Two Stars

The Nutty Professor Review

Wait a minute – isn’t this movie supposed to be … ya know, funny?  It’s amazing how, with one look at the DVD case, anyone would think this film surely was one of the worst ever made, yet a look online would reveal how highly regarded it is as one of the great comedies.  While … Continue reading The Nutty Professor Review

Wizards Review

This movie is extremely different from what I was expecting, which is odd since my expectations were neither rigid nor conventional, so I should have been a tough audience to surprise.  Ralph Bakshi, however, is full of surprises, and his creativity knows no bounds.  Unfortunately, creativity sometimes needs some constraints in order to be understandable … Continue reading Wizards Review

Carousel Review

The backlash to La La Land shouldn’t be nearly as surprising to me as it is – rejecting that which everyone else seems to uncritically adore is one of the ways that our species keeps itself from becoming too gullible, thoughtless, or monogamous.  While it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between the critics who just want … Continue reading Carousel Review

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

It’s not often safe to judge a screenplay by its movie – particularly if it’s a big studio film that was surely shaped by piles of notes from lofty executives – but if we grant that the director stayed fairly true to the screenplay he co-wrote then I must say that this is surely one … Continue reading Ghostbusters (2016) Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

SPOILER ALERT Ignorance is a very important part of how people experience the world; one might even go so far as to call it a fundamental human value.  We constantly rely on our ability to block out thoughts that distract us from the pertinent matters in our lives and that keep us from processing the … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Review

Some of my readers – if I may presume I have readers – may be aware that I have three younger brothers.  The oldest of the three is Brian, who has down-syndrome, which has made my family’s dynamic an interesting one.  As of the time I’m writing this, he’s eighteen years old, and he adds … Continue reading What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Review

Pan’s Labyrinth Review

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS (mildly) GRAPHIC IMAGES Oh, and also, spoilers. As of the moment I’m typing this, I’m not sure I’ll be able to publish this review.  I have had so many complex thoughts and feelings about this film since I watched it in early May that I don’t know how to boil my thoughts … Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth Review