Onward

Onward

Sometimes you go see a movie not because it looks appealing or it has a great trailer or it has great buzz, but because you trust the people making it. Such is the story of how I came to see Onward, an odd film from Pixar, the animation studio that, you may recall,...
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a satisfying conclusion to a journey that began for me back in 1977, and it’s impossible for me to watch it as a stand-alone film, or as a detached critic. It hits so many right notes, with an epic story arc and nostalgic touches...
Expanding to Include Essays

Expanding to Include Essays

I started this site 8 years ago, creating it in a day or so over Christmas break. I’ve tweaked some minor things over the years, but the site is pretty much what it has always been: A place to reign in my verbose tendencies by limiting myself (and other...
Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Ever see one of those videos that shows how Disney recycled animation sequences from their previous works and reused them in new ones? Frozen 2 isn’t much better, “borrowing” liberally from the first Frozen, but in a way that feels more lazy than...
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

While audiences have grown accustomed to bonus features or teasers that play during the credits of action films, the crowd patiently filing out of  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was delightfully caught off guard when they saw closeups of hands placing the tiny...