Category Archives: Mindless Mondays

Movie Review: Annihilation

Is there a more deceptively shallow writer/director working today than Alex Garland? After receiving a lot of acclaim for the scripts of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Dredd” (all of them over-praised sci-fi that attached larger significance to themselves than they deserved), he royally gamed critics with “Ex Machina.” That was a… Read More »

Movie Review: “Irreplaceable You” Once Again Sets Interracial Couples in Movies Back

At this point, I almost feel like Hollywood is in a hilariously-lopsided battle against me. How else to explain the relentless drubbing of black/white couples in TV and Film? At a time when “Get Out” is receiving a ridiculous amount of over-praise and Oscar buzz, you might scoff at me putting a movie like Irreplaceable You in… Read More »

The 10 Movies I’m Most (and Least) Looking Forward to in 2018

Sure, there will be lots of movies coming out in the last few months of the year that aren’t even on a release calendar right now. So I apologize if this list is heavily-weighted for movies in the first half of 2018, but with that in mind this will be a pretty good starting place… Read More »

Review: “Black Panther” is Marvel’s Best Since the 1st “Iron Man”

Note: That headline may be a bit less euphoric than it first sounds since long-time readers may remember that I actually dislike most Marvel films, finding them machine-made and largely flavorless. The “Doctor Strange,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor,” and “Avengers” franchises do nothing for me, and even if I enjoyed “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” and “Guardians of the… Read More »

Movie Review: What Other Critics Are Missing About “15:17 to Paris”

You might be surprised to see “15:17 to Paris” get such scathing reviews (a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes? really? when any Marvel bullshit-fest can easily top 90%), and I couldn’t help but wonder if this exact same film—less a terrorism docuthriller than a red state cinema verite piece—were made about a culture literally anywhere else than Christian… Read More »

TV Reviews: “Homeland,” “Here and Now,” and “Another Period”

Three shows that really have nothing in common except they premiered new seasons around the same time… Homeland, Season 7…It’s a cruel irony that the better “Homeland” gets, the less other critics pay attention to it. For me, the series has only gotten better with age, starting with the amazing, Afghanistan-set season 4 that fully… Read More »

Review: Is “Fifty Shades Freed” the Female “Fast and Furious?”

Yes, I know, there are lots of women who like “Fast and Furious” movies—and notably less men that like “Fifty Shades” movies, as evidenced by how “Furious” movies are rubber-stamped by critics and “Fifty” movies are ridiculed. But when you really get into the heart of the “Fast” audience, there’s a certain type of gear… Read More »

Ranking and Grading ALL 8 “Harry Potter” Films

HBOGo did something pretty clever in the last month, by putting all eight “Harry Potter” films in one place for the first time, it generated an awful lot of interest in a movie series that concluded nearly a decade ago. Beat that, Marvel!–with your too many Superheroes crammed in one place like a merchandising machine. Anyway, it’s… Read More »

“The Good Place” Just Might Make You a Better Person

The Good Place…How many TV shows (network or otherwise, drama or comedy) actually get you to think about “Am I good person?” I would say out of the shows currently on TV, exactly one: “The Good Place.” Sure, not everything featured on Michael Shur’s bananas-comedy (the wildest network show since “Pushing Daisies” and “Arrested Development”… Read More »