Let’s Get Reel: Top Gun: Maverick

30-plus years in the making, and delayed a couple more for a pandemic, Top Gun: Maverick finally hit the theatres last week. The early reviews have been very good. A 97 on Rotten Tomatoes (with a 99% audience score). A … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: Top Gun: Maverick

Let’s Get Reel: The Batman

I am unabashedly Team Marvel in the Marvel vs. DC battle. But in the way I like chocolate with my peanut butter slightly more than peanut butter with my chocolate. I’m not going to put one brand down to lift the other up. It honestly has never been a better time to be a nerd and I’m all for it in whatever flavor that comes in. As for the Batman franchise specifically, I’m also firmly on the Bale/Nolan series as my favorite among the film realm. Now that the disclaimers are all out of the way, I was able to … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: The Batman

Let’s Get Reel: Rocketeer

I keep a Watch List in my to-do app. I can’t remember how Rocketeer wound up in it, but it rolled around to the top of the list today. So, I fired up Disney+ and watched this 1991 “superhero” film for the first time. I had somehow missed this when it came out. I was 12 at the time. Forgive me. I had entered my anti-Disney phase by then. See kids, in 1991, we did not have a plethora of superhero movies. This was long before Marvel figured anything, and just a couple years after the first decent Batman movie. … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: Rocketeer

Let’s Get Reel: The Irishman

I have a Thanksgiving tradition. Every year, I rewatch The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s look at the final concert of The Band, Thanksgiving 1978. It is my favorite concert of all time. Well, I broke tradition this year, partly out of necessity and partly out of “oh look, something new and shiny”. I digitized my DVD collection a couple years ago, and don’t even have a DVD connected in my house any more. And my Macbook is still down, so I don’t have access to my movie library, because it is on a Mac-formatted external drive. Luckily, Scorcese has something … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: The Irishman

Joker Is No Joke: A Disturbing Look At Mental Illness

The Joker character works extremely well as a comic book character. He works pretty well as a side piece to a larger story as the villain, but because he was such a bizarre character, it worked best in doses, without examination of the back story. Well, Joker, out now in theaters, is that intense, dark look at the back story. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, the man behind the drawn-on smile. Fleck is a mentally ill man lost in a broken system who routinely gets kicked when he is down, literally on occasion, figuratively always. Going in, I expected there … Continue reading Joker Is No Joke: A Disturbing Look At Mental Illness