Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Year: 2017 Rating: PG-13 Length: 152 minutes / 2.53 hours After the success of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), director Rian Johnson had to strike a fine balance in the following sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). Since The Force Awakens was essentially a flashy, […]
Posted: January 15, 2018, 10:00 pm
Loving Vincent Year: 2017 Rating: PG-13 Length: 94 minutes / 1.57 hours Animation has become somewhat easier since the days when every frame was drawn out by hand. This change has been mostly due to the use of computers to simplify the animation process. And yet, there are still those who want to embrace the […]
Posted: January 9, 2018, 10:00 pm
Spider-Man: Homecoming Year: 2017 Rating: PG-13 Length: 133 minutes / 2.22 hours Of all the superheroes in their respective comic universes, the one I grew up with was Spider-Man. I watched the animated 1990’s television show, and I loved when this relatable superhero made his way to the big screen in Spider-Man (2002). I was […]
Posted: January 2, 2018, 10:00 pm
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Year: 2016 Rating: PG-13 Length: 133 minutes / 2.22 hours As someone who never fully immersed themselves in the Harry Potter fandom, this spin-off wasn’t high on my “to watch” list. Sure, I liked the movies well enough for the continual narrative they provided (still haven’t gotten to […]
Posted: December 26, 2017, 10:00 pm

Cinema Connections 2016

Sidney Lumet is perhaps the best Director you’ve never even heard of. While his films have garnered almost fifty Oscar nominations, they’ve only earned six. None of these six were for Best Director, but he was nominated at least four times over his long and distinguished career. One of the reasons most people aren’t familiar... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: January 12, 2018, 7:01 am
Hollywood has often been accused of glamorizing characters and plots that are downright unrealistic. Often, these characters will act in a way that is seen as completely illogical, often just to get the plot to the climax it needs. Women in romantic comedies can be found in relationships with jerks to highlight the “good guy”... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: January 5, 2018, 7:01 am
If this were a beloved television show with weak ratings, we’d probably be done with this blog right now (and waiting for the movie to come out). As it is, we still have another ~1.75 years to go, and I hope you continue to enjoy the connections between these films. So, which movie was your... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: January 1, 2018, 7:01 am
With the resurgent popularity of fairy tales having reached its apex a few years ago, it was interesting to note that many of these children’s stories were collected together by only a handful of people. Originally, these stories were meant to scare children into obeying their parents, but over time they evolved into less violent... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: December 29, 2017, 7:01 am
Popular culture has created a lot of memorable characters over the years. Most of the time, these characters exist in their own, unique universes. However, every once in a while these universes are shown to be part of a larger, more complex universe. In combining these universes, the characters are allowed to cross over into... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: December 22, 2017, 7:01 am
Of all the fictional monsters that have permeated our popular culture, vampires are both the hardest and easiest to kill. Their superhuman abilities already make them a formidable threat to the safety of the populace, but add to this their nigh-invulnerability to traditional weapons and now you have an undead monster that cannot be killed.... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:01 am
When you think of iconic American Presidents, who comes to mind? George Washington? Thomas Jefferson? Teddy Roosevelt? I would almost wager that Abraham Lincoln is easily the most recognizable of the Presidents. While he did not help found the country like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did, he was the one President who helped to... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: December 8, 2017, 7:01 am
Have you ever noticed that some actors seem to be in every critically-acclaimed movie? I’m not talking about the actors who win a lot of awards, but then also do some “low brow” comedies on the side. I’m referring to the actors who just seem to have a higher standard for the work they do.... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: December 1, 2017, 7:01 am
What is it about one-eyed villains that make them so intimidating? Maybe it has to do with their connection to the brutal and merciless pirates who often wore eyepatches (although not necessarily because their eye was damaged). While there have been a number of protagonists who have also sported the one-eye motif, but it merely enforces... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: November 24, 2017, 7:01 am
If you have a deck of cards, you can have endless hours of fun. There are numerous solitaire games you can play, but if you have a group of friends with you, there are even more games you can play with these 52 cards. Whenever I would go camping with the Boy Scouts, especially on... Read more.
Author: benthereseenthat
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:01 am