Reviews of the top geek movies, tv, and books in the industry.
Why Lorelai Gilmore is Kind of a Crappy Friend
In the fall of 2000, Amy Sherman-Palladino gave us one of the greatest dramedies on television: Gilmore Girls. Set in a picturesque Stars Hallow, (a tiny town even my loner self would kill to live in) young Lorelai Gilmore raises her daughter, Rory, in all her single mother glory. Chock-full of pop culture filled references and mile-a-minute speech, their close-knit "friends first, mother/daughter second" relationship is one to be admired. Alongside the duo stars Melissa McCarthy as Sookie- the loveable, quirky, perfectionist chef; Lorelai's coworker at the Independence Inn, and trusted best friend.
My Review of "Iron Man"
Iron Man is probably the movie that started the Marvel cinematic universe back in 2008. It's a classic because it's the pioneer movie that started it all. I remember watching this movie when it first came out and I was blown away. There really wasn't a superhero movie quite like it at the time. So it was a trailblazer for future movies to come. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to give it another viewing.
Books to Check Out: March 2021 Reads
I was lucky enough to have three interesting books come up on my radar in March. Poetry, non-fiction, and self-help. Again, I’ve stayed away from fiction to switch up my usual reading habits, and I’m happy I did. It was a fun month for reads, and these are definitely picks to get your hands on.
IF Sheldon, THEN Kevin
I’m frustrated. Maybe it's because we’ve been living through a global pandemic since last year. Maybe it’s the unrelenting and increasing civil unrest. Or maybe it’s just realizing that the doom-and-gloom conspiracy theorists have wasted their time prepping for a zombie apocalypse when they should’ve been readying themselves for an avalanche of insufferable stupidity.
From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Priceless, the movie you must watch
If This Then That: From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Priceless By Natasha Norford When Paul Varjack asks Holly Golightly to borrow her apartment’s phone one morning in New York, and she obligingly fishes it out from a suitcase by the wall- a stage is set, a romance begun- and a story of time-proved perfection unravels sumptuously forth, in glorious cinematic sequence.
Strong Bat and a Scared Rabbit
Finding a new movie or series to watch after finishing one almost seems impossible after devoting your time and emotions into a story. I most definitely felt this way after watching the newly released Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After years of anticipation, starting with just the tease of an idea and with the help of an audience, Zack Snyder was finally able to work on and release his version of the Justice League. The Snyder Cut is the perfect resurrection and restoration of the Justice League after having to endure the Joss Whedon’s 2017 Justice League, in which was full of boredom and CGI so bad that I had to cover my cat’s eyes so she didn’t have to watch the horror that was Superman’s CGI’d upper lip. I still get chills just thinking about it.
A Guilty (Film) Pleasure
Ah, the road trip comedy—there is a place for them in the film world, even if you think your tastes are too refined. Then one day in the heart of summer of ‘09 you find yourself howling at The Hangover, and a decade later slapping on a decal of a baby in a beanie on the back of your electric vehicle.
If Mean Girls and Scream Had a Baby...
Mean Girls - I remember renting the now cult classic from Blockbuster in 2004 like it was yesterday. I was thirteen and in eighth grade. It’s amusing now to think about the unrealistic ideas it gave me of what high school was going to be like. Regina George, along with other film and t.v. characters (think Kate Sanders from Lizzie McGuire), fed millenial teens and pre-teens the ideal of a Queen Bee equipped with the standard “high-status man candy, technically good physique, and ignorant band of loyal followers”. I forgive my early teenage self for falling for it.
I miss Marvel, now what?
If you are a fan of the Marvel Universe, especially The Avengers movies, then you NEED to check out Doom Patrol. Series exclusively found on HBO
Go Getters Go Get: How to get into On Becoming a God in Central Florida if you loved The Politician
It's no secret that we live in a high octane society that tells us to work harder, earn more, buy more stuff and achieve absolute success. We are constantly being fed an image of an ideal that shows if we just work hard enough, we can rise to the top of our respective field, regardless of luck or privilege or availability of opportunity. To go further than that, the idols we now worship have changed; while it used to be ancient, all-knowing Gods in the past, we now worship brands, celebrities and politicians with a ride-or-die instinct that has us following their every move. Hell, it's gotten to a stage where a person trying to make money on Instagram is not just a person, but rather an Influencer with a brand instead of a personality.
NB Reviews: "Minari"
I'm on a quest. A quest to review all 8 of this years nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture before Oscar night. This, in my opinion, was an exceedingly good batch of nominees. I loved almost all of the films (and I've already reviewed the one I didn't like). So, let's talk about Minari (Dir. by Lee Isaac Chung).
Anthony's Film Review - 'Raya and the Last Dragon' (2021)
To a certain extent, Disney animated films have helped us appreciate cultures and places from around the world. Most of the time, it's been centered on Europe, considering for example Beauty and the Beast, the influence of Hans Christian Andersen for The Little Mermaid and Frozen, Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Brothers Grimm providing inspiration for Disney classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty and even the more recent film Tangled. Elsewhere, Aladdin is tied to the Middle East and nearby regions, The Lion King pays tribute to the African natural landscape, Mulan is connected to ancient China, The Emperor's New Groove is a humorous take on South America, Brother Bear centers on Native Americans, and The Princess and the Frog provides a nice African American taste. Now, in the year 2021, Disney once again gives us a film connected to another part of the world: Raya and the Last Dragon.