Author: T.J. Reid

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…]

Tick, Tick…Boom! is successful adaptation

Andrew Garfield stars in Tick, Tick…Boom! As Homer Simpson once said, “Trying is the first step towards failure… the lesson is, never try.” As a flawless human being, I am not personally familiar with the concept of failing, but everyone else in the world would do well to not heed[Read More…]

Red Notice makes for a serviceable popcorn movie

There once was a young algorithm named Albert who lived in the magical land of Tinseltown. Albert the algorithm had but one dream in his life, a dream that he held close and cherished even when the other algorithms belittled and mocked him:  To one day write a movie script based[Read More…]

Squid Game is all that it’s cracked up to be

It is sometimes easy for me to forget in the never-ending deluge of Hollywood content that the United States is no longer the only superpower when it comes to making movies and television. Every once in a while, however, the comfy yet blinding isolationist bubble that American studios have inflated[Read More…]

Dune remake worth the watch…if you have the time

Timothée Chalamet stars in Dune, currently in theaters and on HBO Max. The Fremen people have a distinctive way of walking while traversing the sandy wastes of Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s Dune: all over the place and without rhythm. This is done as to not attract the giant sandworms that are native[Read More…]