Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – A First Step Into a Larger World

This review contains mild spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  If you haven't seen it yet, sorry not sorry.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Disney and Lucasfilm’s first entry into the promised slate of Star Wars spin-off films, which will eventually include stand-alones focusing on Han Solo and Boba Fett. Cribbed from … Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – A First Step Into a Larger World

Netflix Pick: Force Majeure

Force Majeure is slow, uneventful, and thoroughly entertaining. Ruben Ostlund's arthouse black comedy is a disaster movie in which the disaster never actually materializes, leaving its characters to deal with a much bigger emotional catastrophe, to both dramatic and humorous results. It's pretty rare to find great foreign films on Netflix, so if you're looking … Continue reading Netflix Pick: Force Majeure

You Need To Watch Bob’s Burgers: 6 Episodes for the Uninitiated

For the discerning T.V. fan, “animated sitcom” isn’t necessarily a phrase that inspires confidence. The Simpsons is stale at twenty-six seasons, and not everyone delights in the gross-out sensibilities of Family Guy or the controversy-a-week approach of South Park. Given the rest of the roster, one might be tempted to lump Fox’s Bob’s Burgers in … Continue reading You Need To Watch Bob’s Burgers: 6 Episodes for the Uninitiated

Quick Takes: The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War

Thoughts on The Jungle Book The Jungle Book is the latest giant-budget effort from a Disney machine hell-bent on remaking its entire back catalog of animated movies in live action. No one asked for this movie, but darned if it isn’t great. Director Jon Favreau resists the obvious pitfall of attempting translate an essentially whimsical story … Continue reading Quick Takes: The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War