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

Event Horizon: Comic Con 2013

Tragically, I wasn’t at Comic Con this year. …It’s entirely possible I need to remind myself of the actual definition of tragic but I digress. In lieu of having actually been there I’ve collected all sorts of news and videos and photos from the panels so we can all pretend we were there together.

Agents . . . → 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

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

My Lone Ranger review or, an examination of when trailers lie.

And I have to admit it’s not often that I’ll watch a trailer and get the tone of a movie so wrong. Even when they hedge around the edges of a story, usually I can spot it. But this was . . . → more

Good superheroes

man of steel _Henry Cavill

I’ve had this on going conversation with a few friends, pretty much ever since Captain America. And I’ve alluded to a lot of this before. Seeing Man of Steel was the final catalyst I needed to write it outright.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman. The character always was kind of bland to . . . → more

Man of Steel

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

My Man of Steel review is over here.

The rest of this is just pictures of Henry Cavill for fun.

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Star Trek Into Darkness

This review is not going to be fair. I just want to be clear about that upfront. And it’s not because Into Darkness wasn’t good; it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be surprising and inventive. I wanted it to be smarter than I am and the dialog to be more clever than I am. . . . → more