Author: T.J. Reid

Doctor Strange hits the box office

Nothing dates a movie quite like bad CGI. Take Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films as an example: Released at the very beginning of the twenty-first century, their precursor, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, easily holds up under the scrutiny of eyes that are now twenty years older. The Hobbit films,[Read More…]

Who wants to be a pirate? Ask HBO Max

Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby, center) and others in Our Flag Means Death. We have a tendency to heavily romanticize the Golden Age of Piracy, and this is not a new phenomenon by any means.  For proof of this, look no further than Stede Bonnet, the gentleman pirate and contemporary of[Read More…]

The Adam Project doesn’t make a lot of sense

Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Walker Scobell in The Adam Project. More is not always better, especially when it comes to movies. Bruce the Jaws shark looks fake? Show him to the audience less. Your protagonist is going through some heartbreak? Show that on their face—don’t have them say “Hey,[Read More…]

The Batman is a fantastic watch

Robert Pattinson dons the cape in The Batman. When the Comics Code Authority was established in the 1950s to appease those who thought the funny books were corrupting the minds of children with questionable themes, inherently dark characters like Batman entered an era of lighthearted camp. It was not until[Read More…]

Marry Me lacks rom-com originality

Most boy-meets-girl rom-coms follow the same basic structure: two people meet, slowly fall in love, have a misunderstanding that forces them apart, and then get back together at the end just in time for the credits. It’s a tried-and-true formula that has been shown to work over and over again,[Read More…]

Book of Boba Fett underwhelming for Star Wars fans

If there is one thing that the highly fickle and fragmented Star Wars fandom can agree on, it’s that the only thing good to come out of 1978’s infamous Star Wars Holiday Special was the mysterious bounty hunter known as Boba Fett (and arguably Mark Hamill’s Carol Brady haircut). The[Read More…]

Clooney’s Tender Bar adequate at best

I like to think that I have lived a fairly interesting life so far, but I am under no illusions that anyone would ever care to read a book or watch a movie about it. It’s a good life and it’s my own, but it just doesn’t have a narrative[Read More…]

Disney offers another animated hit in Encanto

It might sound a bit oxymoronic, but ask any wizard, witch, or Istar and they will tell you that magic needs to follow a certain set of rules. What these rules are varies from work to work, but the underlying principle should stay the same: perform a certain action, expect[Read More…]

Love Hard predictable but delightful

Nina Dobrev (right) and Jimmy O. Yang star in Love Hard. Remember that one Christmas movie where a woman who is down on her luck (yet is still fiercely independent) falls for a guy who lives in a town that is so small that everyone knows each other’s names? Too[Read More…]