50 hot guys – 2014

The movie list is clearly late this year. I’ll have to think of something wildly interesting to post between this list and the tv list or my blog will have become just hot guys and then more hot guys.

One of the great things about the movie list is that it offers variety. Except for . . . → more

X-men Days of Future Past

Rating: 4 of 5  

Since my review of Days of Future Past takes the time to explain the good and the bad of this film, I’ve decided to use this space to highlight what’s not in the movie.

– Rogue I’ve never thought Anna Paquin was well cast as Rogue. She got the role because . . . → more

the choices that make or break fandom

Bryan Singer had this article in SciFiNow discussing the comparisons between Avengers and X-Men. And it surprised me how wrong he is about so many things.

First of all, Singer deserves a certain amount of credit for essentially creating the modern comic book film. That’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for ages and . . . → more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

There were a lot of things in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that were a lot of fun. Not the least of which is Captain America himself. They’re in my review. But siince it was a little bit political thriller I found myself wishing it was a little more like a Marvel . . . → more


Rating: 3.25 of 5  

My rating of Divergent would make it seem like a nice, average, run of the mill kind of movie. But if you read my full review you’ll see it’s actually a slightly impressive adaption. Because apparently YA books are hard to adapt.

But what Hollywood is finally figuring out (how many adaptations . . . → more

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

My review for Catching Fire is littered with recommendations of other (better) books. It’s the sort of thing I would normally reserve for this post where I go a little off topic but I just couldn’t help myself.

Because you can’t really talk about Catching Fire without talking about the book and . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

My review of the second Hobbit film is kind of vague and philosophical more than my usual analysis. Because there’s not much to say.

This has the feel of a story pulled apart and so half formed. There’s new characters but no depth in their relationships or interactions. Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas . . . → more

Thor – The Dark World

Rating: 4 of 5  

My review for Thor The Dark World is up.

I don’t know if it’s the presence of Joss Whedon or the increasing pressure from the fans to release a movie about a female superhero but it’s interesting (and encouraging) to see Marvel giving their female characters such integral roles in their movies . . . → more


Rating: 3.75 of 5  

Wolverine is one of those difficult movies to review because my reaction to it is not a reflection of the quality of it.

I actually think it’s one of the better made comic book movies. You can see how much they wanted to make it a good movie and not just a . . . → more

Pacific Rim

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I posted my Pacific Rim review and I’m glad I saw it opening weekend. Because unique ideas are becoming so rare in summer blockbusters and this is a good one. a little scary every now and then because those kaiju aren’t joking around. But very cool.

It doesn’t look like it will make . . . → more