Reviews of the top geek movies, tv, and books in the industry.
Doctor Who: The War Doctor - Only the Monstrous Review
Back when Big Finish first gained the rights to Doctor Who content post-2005, one of the most headline grabbing projects was The War Doctor series. After "Day of the Doctor", I think most Doctor Who fans would never have expected the late John Hurt to return to the role even on TV, never mind in the spin-off audio dramas created by Big Finish Productions. However, we got just that, and Big Finish produced four box-sets for the character, before Hurt sadly passed away from cancer in early 2017. The first of these, "Only the Monstrous" set the stall for everything that was to come, with a gripping portrayal of a universe at war, high stakes, compelling characters, and some of the finest sound design and post-production work Big Finish has ever committed to shiny CD.
Dexter, the serial killer who changed the face of TV violence
Dexter’s a loving son, brother and father who lives by an unwavering moral code. And most importantly he’s a mass murderer.
Cruella - A Movie Review
If Cruella doesn’t scare you, then you’d better not get in her way. Cruella was released to theaters in 2021. Following the life of a young Cruella de Vil, she finds an admiration for fashion. If anybody is going to remember her name, Cruella has to stick out to the world. Making a new name, Cruella does not stop in her vicious behavior.
Film Review: 'The Half of It'
Fitting in has never been Ellie Chu's (Leah Lewis) specialty. A high school senior living in the small dead-end town of Squahamish, Ellie is largely only known for two things: being her school's only Chinese-American student and running a side business selling term papers. It's through this business that Ellie meets Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), a jock on the football team seeking Ellie's services for a different purpose: to rewrite a love letter to his crush Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire).
My Review of "Kajilionaire"
Kajilionaire was a movie that came out in 2020. It came out so quietly that not a lot of people heard about it. I remember seeing a trailer for this movie a while back but never got a chance to watch it until now. I liked the premise of the movie and was startled at how much substance this movie had in the end.
The Breakfast Club Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I review all of the movies I see. This is a movie that I should have watched ages ago. I started watching it in my sociology class on Thursday, after which I bought it on Criterion Blu-ray because I knew it would be a special movie for me. I continued it on Friday and I just finished it now. I'm gonna watch it again with my parents tonight to get a better idea of how the movie feels watching it in one sitting, but for now, I just have to say that this is the kind of movie I especially love: a movie that explores the lives and inner thoughts of a bunch of people just trying to make it out of a certain situation. The Breakfast Club definitely has some 80's sexism thrown in there every now and again and some of the relationship arcs between the characters don't feel completely cohesive, but I really can't say that there's anything big wrong with this movie. It's just fun.
The Day of the Doctor Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I review movies and limited series consistently. Yeah, I'll admit, as a piece of media on its own accord, The Day of the Doctor definitely has some structural issues that would actually make this more of a four-star program. That being said, as a Doctor Who fan, there are so many perfectly built-up and established arcs here and the ending (for the most part) is so phenomenal that I have to give it four-and-a-half. Yes, it definitely does appeal to the geeky fan side of me that loves this show (and admittedly, it sometimes does it too much, which I will get into), but overall, this is a really great episode of the show and probably the best 50th anniversary special the crew could have made.
Warren Miller's Timeless Movie Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I write movie reviews for everything I see. My school hosted a special showing of this film because part of the film was shot in Eldora, which is actually really close to the school. It prominently features places in Nederland and Boulder and even has a face or two that most of the audience personally knows. Plus, my parents love watching Warren Miller's skiing films, and since this is the 70th film made under his name (even though he had no involvement in the production since he died in 2018), this is a pretty special one. So what did I think? This is another one of those instances where, in terms of the filmmaking, I would probably give this four stars, but in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, I would probably give it three.
This review (which was written before Elliot Page came out as transgender) is taken from my Letterboxd profile, where I review all of the movies I see.
My Review of "Awake"
Awake is one of Netflix's latest 2021 movie releases. I gained some interest from reading outline of what the movie was about. Unfortunately, there are a lot of inconsistencies throughout the movie that kind of makes the movie fall flat for me. It's too bad because they did have a very interesting concept but if you can't stick to your own rules then things get kind of muddy for me. I know how difficult it is to write sci-fi movies. At least we got a new sci-fi movie this year.
The Music Man Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I write about all of the movies I watch. Okay, fine, this movie isn't an objectively perfect film in any way. I'll agree with the vast majority of people that the pacing starts to drag in the second half from what the first half set itself up to be, there are one or two songs that feel a smidge out of place, there are definitely a few dated aspects to this movie's plot (although not enough to feel like it harms the story at all), and the ending scene feels a little too over-the-top to feel believable even if it is the best ending a musical like this could have hoped for. That being said, I don't care. This movie excited me in a way that I haven't felt excited about in a while. I'm a theater kid, I've missed theater since quarantine started, I didn't remember how excited I got about it after a while. This is the first time I've been euphorically excited about musical theater since my school's production of Urinetown was canceled last spring. Meaning, this is the first time I've been euphorically excited about a musical since I was last involved in one. This is not a musical that was adapted into a movie, or even a movie musical. This is a musical in movie format, through and through. The choreography, set design, and character work is often captured in wide shots that capture the entire set, much like a real musical would allow you to see the entire set as everything happens at once, and as my mom pointed out, there are even moments where the lighting makes it seem like the stage lights are going out. I've never seen a movie fully embrace the format of a musical like The Music Man did, but my god, was it engaging all the way through.
Funny Girl Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I review all of the movies I watch. God, I can't tell if I'm being easy or hard on this movie. Okay, so, let's get the positives out of the way first. The music is pretty good and well-written, and the singing is all great. The cinematography and direction is solid. The story beats for a potential rise to fame are all there and are all intriguing. That being said, I have a huge problem with this movie, and it's the two leads. Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif do a phenomenal job in this film as actors, they're not the issues I have. The character of Fanny Brice is just consistently unlikable to me. Look, I want to make my stance clear on this issue: A lot of people interpret this film as an inspirational piece that shows a woman overcoming oppression to become successful in something that she's passionate about. That's a fantastic message, and Brice is not unlikable to me because of that struggle. She's unlikeable to me because, throughout the film, she and her love interest Nicky are shown to be completely stuck-up attitude-ridden people who believe they are special and deserve success because wow, they're so incredible and they're not recognized for how incredible they are. Brice has an entire opening number that basically says "No one notices how talented I am, look how amazingly talented I am, no one notices my talent" and then complains about getting a job because she didn't have to suffer through it first. How in the world am I supposed to relate to this character?