Coco (Big Screen Review)

First things first: One should not take one's daughter to this movie on a daddy-daughter date without mentally preparing oneself for Pixar's penchant to deliver devastating emotional gut punches. Otherwise that same hypothetical person should also be prepared to give an explanation for why her daddy is a blubbering mess. Speaking entirely hypothetically and not …

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Best Christmas-Adjacent Movies

You know how the conversation goes: Somebody at some party or other social gathering  this season asks the generally reliable ice-breaker, "What's your favourite Christmas movie?" Conversation gets flowing, and the usual suspects come up (It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually). And then some guy (it's almost …

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2017 Movies Catch-Up Rapid-Fire Part 2 (Increasingly Panicked Edition)

Even though I have given myself until after after the Oscars in March to put together my final Best of 2017 list (due to how hard it is for this amateur critic to actually catch up with all the contenders sans "For-Your-Consideration" screeners and press screenings) there is undeniably a peer-pressure inspired rush to the …

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The Optimal Star Wars Viewing Order

(Note: Almost everything I talk about here is going to be jumping off the very elaborate and well-argued post by Rob Hilton about the "Machete-order" of watching Star Wars movies. To be honest, had Disney not stepped in, I would completely agree with his suggestions and have no reason to write this post. But since the new …

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Best Movies Discovered This Year (That Weren’t Released in 2017)

We've reached that time of the year when I enter a mad frantic dash to close out the year seeing as many movies released in 2017 as possible in order to take a stab out at Best-of-2017 list. Between that and catching up on seasonally appropriate fare, the fact is that I won't be discovering …

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Netflix Round-Up (December 2017) – The Meyerowitz Stories; Mudbound; Jim & Andy; Blame!; Voyeur

The purpose of this post is self-explanatory. I take a look at some of the Netflix originals on offer and review them. Unlike some of the more obscure fare that I sometimes indulge in, these movies are instantly available to anyone who has a subscription (or mooches of the accounts of parents and friends – …

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