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I Went Back to the Movies

For the first time since March 2020, I went to the movies. I had no idea that it would take me 15 months and a vaccination to get back into theater seats.

Merger Week

On Sunday evening, rumors began to circulate that AT&T was looking to spin off WarnerMedia. Monday morning it was official. WarnerMedia will be combined with Discovery to form a new standalone company. It was only three years ago when AT&T was so adamant about purchasing WarnerMedia and its extensive IP library for $85 Billion, that it entered a lengthy legal battle with the Justice Department under former President Donald Trump. AT&T had hoped that consumers would be lured to their…

Recent reviews

Black Widow

Black Widow

★★★½

In 2012, The Avengers proved that superhero team-up movies could work. A lot of the success could be drawn from the quality of the movie and the work Disney/Marvel did to build up those characters through individual feature films. But just as important is the star power behind each of those characters, for example, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow gets a scene to showcase her unique abilities. She’s being interrogated for information, but the twist is that she’s completely in control.…

Furious 7

Furious 7

★★★

One of my personal favorites in the series. Just a whole bunch of cars defying the laws of physics. Nevermind the crazy work from WETA digital to make the late Paul Walker seamlessly finish Brian's story.

- Max

Fast Five

Fast Five

★★★★

Doesn’t get any better than this mi familia.

Luca

Luca

★★★

Fish boy makes friends. Friends are the best.

Liked reviews

Old

Old

★★★★

I think maybe it's finally time to argue that the Shyamalan revival of the last few years has not been revisionism but rather a return to his original reception as a remarkable filmmaker with a refreshingly old-school grasp of the simple mechanics of camera placement and movement and of pacing. This could well be his finest effort, maybe the purest expression of his ability to make the most out of the simplest techniques. The use of long pans and judicious…

Mirror

Mirror

★★★★★

In Soviet Russia, mind bends you.

M. Night Shyamalan’s "Old" ages poorly from high concept to unintentional comedy in a matter of minutes.

Matt and Eric aren’t getting any younger waiting for The Sixth Sense filmmaker to stage a comeback.

Full Review: plnk.to/UMR

Paprika

Paprika

★★★★½

"Actually, this is my favorite Satoshi Kon movie"

~me whenever I rewatch a Satoshi Kon movie