Movie still from Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes

And so we continue the “Summer of Sequels” with Star Trek Beyond. The third installment of Star Trek no longer has J.J. Abrams at the helm, though he’s still producing (Side note: I find it hilarious that Abrams was criticized for making Trek movies that felt too much like Star Wars, and then he made an amazing Star Wars film). It’s now in the hands of Justin Lin, who’s credited with saving the Fast & Furious franchise. Combine Lin’s franchise mojo with a screenplay written by Simon Pegg (who doubles as Star Trek‘s Scotty) and Doug Jung, and you get Star Trek Beyond, a fun, action-packed movie stuffed with Trek nostalgia. It’s more cohesive than Star Trek Into Darkness, but it still has some issues… Continue reading “Star Trek Beyond: It’s Fun and Nostalgic, But I Have Some Notes”

Movie still of Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory: A Fun Sequel That Doesn’t Disappoint

Man, this is the summer of sequels, isn’t it? But they’re either sequels nobody wanted (Now You See Me 2) or sequels that came decades after their predecessors (Independence Day: Resurgence). Fortunately, Finding Dory falls into the latter category because practically everyone wanted to revisit the beloved Finding Nemo characters. Hell, Ellen DeGeneres even campaigned for a sequel until Disney was finally like OMG FINE ELLEN. Continue reading “Finding Dory: A Fun Sequel That Doesn’t Disappoint”

Neeli Sethi as Mowgli and Bill Murray as Baloo in 2016 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See

The Jungle Book (1967) is easily one of my favorite animated Disney films. A young boy grows up and has adventures with animal friends to a soundtrack that includes jazzy songs like “I Wanna Be Like You” and “The Bare Necessities”? Yeah, I’m so there. Not to mention, it dodged British imperialism and the homicidal elephant ending from Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story, so that was nice (though it did still have issues with racial stereotypes). Fortunately, the live-action version keeps the spirit of the 1967 animated classic alive. Continue reading “The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See”

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Thor: The Dark World Is What a Marvel Shampoo Commercial Would Look Like

Ah, mighty Thor. It’s been a while since we’ve seen your muscly goodness and Thoreal tresses (Yeah, I’ve got a million hair jokes for this movie). Thor came out in 2011 and was immediately followed by The Avengers in 2012. Many people said that Thor was the weakest film of Marvel’s Phase 1. I’m more inclined to think that trophy should go to Captain America, but that’s just me. Continue reading “Thor: The Dark World Is What a Marvel Shampoo Commercial Would Look Like”