Author: T.J. Reid

Reviewer: Outside the Wire is more grind than gold

Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris star in Netflix’s Outside the Wire. We live in a world that has had flying cars and robots that are indistinguishable from humans for at least two years. This advancement has happened despite the perpetual war that has been fought by our totalitarian superstate for[Read More…]

Netflix’s The Ripper is a satisfying hit of true crime

The Ripper follows the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe (pictured in second row, second from the right), a serial murderer of 13 women, among numerous other acts of violence. I have always been (somewhat guiltily) interested in the stories and psychology behind serial killers and, if the overstuffed-to-the-point-of-bursting world of true[Read More…]

Pixar’s Soul has that and more

As we reached the beginning of what hopefully will be the final stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the storied studio behind some of your favorite animated features made the surprise decision to release Soul, the latest entry in the Pixar canon, for free to people that already subscribe to Disney+.[Read More…]

Fincher pulls back curtain on creation of iconic film

Gary Oldman plays Herman Mankiewicz’s, the scribe behind Citizen Kane, in Netflix’s Mank. A long time ago, while perusing an online message board dedicated to discussing cinema, I came across a casual discussion of what differentiates a “movie” from a “film,” and that conversation has stuck with me. One poster[Read More…]

Sound of Metal roars on every level

Riz Ahmed delivers a riveting performance in Amazon Prime’s Sound of Metal. One of my favorite superheroes in the Marvel canon is Daredevil, the man without fear. There is something very inspiring about a character who, despite his awful luck and less than ideal circumstances, decides that he is going[Read More…]

Animaniacs still zany to the max on Hulu

Yakko, Wakko and Dot return in the reboot of Animaniacs on Hulu, along with fan favorites Pinky and Brain. Do you know what I find even more annoying than constant Hollywood reboots of successful properties? Critics constantly complaining about how Hollywood likes to reboot successful properties. If bringing back a[Read More…]

Netflix’s Saqqara Tomb doc enthralls

A new documentary uncovers some of the discoveries made in the Wahtye Tomb in Saqqara Egypt. Documentaries about the new and unexplored always bother me because I can never stop thinking about the silent, invisible, yet inescapable presence of the filming crew.  I have a tendency to look at the[Read More…]

Fear and thrills prevalent in horror show Monsterland

Nicole Beharie (right) stars in the the new show Monsterland, available on Hulu.  When it comes to consuming horror media, I’m a bit of an oddball. While I love scary novels and listening to spooky podcasts about ghosts, I absolutely hate horror movies and television (with an exception of Supernatural,[Read More…]

Enola Holmes provides fresh take to Sherlock story

Millie Bobby Brown play Sherlock Holmes’ sister in the Netflix film Enola Holmes. According to Guinness World Records, there is not a single literary character who has been portrayed as frequently as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eminent detective Sherlock Holmes.  Greats such as Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Caine,[Read More…]

The Devil All the Time not for the faint of heart

Tom Holland starts in Netflix’s The Devil All the Time as Arvin Eugene Russell. It’s been a very, very long time since I went into a movie completely and utterly blind.  These days, it is nigh impossible to not know at least a smidgen beforehand about the latest cinematic tale[Read More…]