Ant-Man and the Wasp Year: 2018 Rating: PG-13 Length: 118 minutes / 1.97 hours I’ll be the first to defend Ant-Man (2015) from its detractors. Once I realized it was supposed to be a comedy (mostly due to Edgar Wright’s early involvement), I knew the superhero aspect would take a back seat to the laughs. That being […]
Posted: October 9, 2018, 9:00 pm
The Time Traveler’s Wife Year: 2003 Author: Audrey Niffenegger Length: 1,058 minutes / 17.63 hours I find myself somewhat conflicted between two mediums whenever a book is made into a movie. On the one hand, I truly enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) when I first saw it. While the book the movie was based […]
Posted: October 3, 2018, 9:00 pm
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Year: 2018 Rating: PG-13 Length: 128 minutes / 2.13 hours While I have loved the original Jurassic Park (1993) for its ingenious special effects, taut and thrilling plot, and entertaining characters, none of the sequels have been able to live up to its high standard. Sure, all the same elements of the first […]
Posted: October 2, 2018, 9:00 pm
Moonraker Year: 1955 Author: Ian Fleming Length: 410 minutes / 6.83 hours For those of you who have seen the movie Moonraker (1979), push everything you know about this story out of your head. About the only things that the film has in common with the book are the main character, villain, and an enormous rocket. While […]
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:00 pm
Jurassic World Year: 2015 Rating: PG-13 Length: 124 minutes / 2.07 hours What happens when you genetically splice together a reboot and a sequel? This film. It’s interesting to find a franchise that’s willing to recognize the past material and build upon it, while also adding slightly new elements to it. The idea of training dinosaurs just […]
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:00 pm
Interstellar Year: 2014 Rating: PG-13 Length: 169 minutes / 2.82 hours The first time I saw this film, I was speechless. I knew what to expect from Christopher Nolan, who had been steadily increasing his repertoire for almost two decades. Each of his films outdid the last and built on the already mind-blowing pieces that […]
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:00 pm

Cinema Connections 2016

How often do we catch ourselves staring upward at an object, in awe of its immense size? When tourists first experience the towering heights of the skyscrapers of New York, they come to grips with the scale of such structures. Sometimes, even the most mundane things in life can be awe-inspiring (or at least attention-grabbing)... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: October 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Any metallurgist will tell you that steel is stronger than iron. And yet, the concept of iron being a strong material still remains in our popular culture. Perhaps it’s the weight of iron, and its use for strength training. Perhaps it’s due to the “purity” of iron, itself being one of the elements on the... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: October 5, 2018, 6:01 am
In the realm of superheroes, there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief when it comes to how a hero obtained their powers. From alien lifeforms who found themselves on Earth (a la Superman) to regular people who encounter deadly energies that mutate them into super-human beings, most superheroes have unbelievable origin stories. Then there... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: September 28, 2018, 6:01 am
Perhaps the most recognizable villain in the realm of superheroes and comic books, The Joker stands as a stark antipode to the brooding darkness of Batman. The contrast of insane levity to serious vengeance has made The Joker the best example of an archenemy, a feat that has rarely (if ever) been topped. For decades,... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: September 21, 2018, 6:01 am
A variety of reasons can exist for an actor to not be alive by the time their movie is released. Some actors are old and die from more natural causes (like Spencer Tracy, who died 17 days after the end of filming Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)). Others might be involved in accidents either on the... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: September 14, 2018, 6:01 am
Modern audiences may not know about George Stevens or the films he directed from the 1930’s to 1970. Some of the names of his movies might not be familiar to them either, but many of these films are classics in their own rights. He worked with some of the best in the industry at the... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: September 7, 2018, 6:01 am
The rise and fall of an actor can almost be as entertaining as watching them in a movie. Somehow we’re drawn to the drama that unfolds in real life even more than the drama captured on celluloid. While we might often forget their successes, we can almost remember where we were during their failures. If... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 31, 2018, 6:01 am
It is a rare talent to not only be a prolific actor but one who has appeared in numerous classics. Add to this, a number of Oscar nominations for acting and you’re left with an incredible legacy. Spencer Tracy was just such an actor. He excelled in comedy as well as drama, a challenging feat... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 24, 2018, 6:01 am
While the Civil Rights movements of the 1960’s led to legal equality of minorities, there was still resistance to their inclusion. Hollywood also had to undergo a transition in the light of these changes. Before the 1960’s, most people of color represented on the silver screen were mere stereotypes of the obsequious station many of... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 17, 2018, 6:01 am
In some ways, the status of race relations today have not changed nearly as much as they should have in the decades since the civil rights movement. The fact that someone would be considered “lesser than” merely because of their heritage or skin color is still an anathema to me. Sure, stereotypes fuel a fear... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: August 10, 2018, 6:01 am