Tom Hanks in Sully (2016)

Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man

Most of us can recall the events of January 15, 2009, when Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike just shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. We watched on social media and live TV as the flight crew, Coast Guard, NYPD Aviation Unit, and Hudson tourist ferries rescued 155 people in 24 minutes. It truly was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Can a movie top watching that event in real time?
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Any Given Saturday Podcast hosted by Dan Powers and Bailey Hemphill

Any Given Saturday Episode #0: We’re Going to Need a Bigger Show

So I’m working on a new podcast with Dan Powers called “Any Given Saturday.” It’s a show where we talk about anything and everything pop culture, from movies and TV to technology and books! I’m super excited about it, and we plan to have a new episode out every Saturday. Continue reading “Any Given Saturday Episode #0: We’re Going to Need a Bigger Show”

Sausage Party movie still 2016

Sausage Party Looks Like Veggie Tales and Sounds Like South Park

I can’t believe I have to say this, but let’s begin with it because there will undoubtedly be news stories about upset parents who took their kids to Sausage Party, thinking it was a movie for kids because it’s animated. So here it is: SAUSAGE PARTY IS NOT FOR KIDS. DO NOT BRING THEM. There we go. Let’s talk about the movie now! Continue reading “Sausage Party Looks Like Veggie Tales and Sounds Like South Park”

Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Has Its Moments, But It Wastes So Much Potential

There’s a lot of internet nonsense surrounding Suicide Squad. Film critics released scathing reviews after the media embargo lifted, and fans got pissed, petitioning Rotten Tomatoes (You geniuses know Warner Bros has ownership stakes in the site, right?) and boosting ratings for Suicide Squad on iMDB, despite haven’t actually seeing the movie. And now that Suicide Squad is doing well at the box office (by August standards), people are like “Critics are worthless!” *sigh*

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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”

Lights Out movie still (2016)

Lights Out: A Thrilling Metaphor About Living with Depression

Lights Out is one of those rare summer horror movies that isn’t complete garbage. Mind you, it’s predictable because it follows the jump-scare horror movie formula, utilizes lazy exposition to describe the origins of its monster, and occasionally veers into the melodramatic with its acting. But the story of Lights Out isn’t just some “Oh, no! A scary ghost who only appears when it’s dark at night!” Nope. It’s a … Continue reading Lights Out: A Thrilling Metaphor About Living with Depression