Rushmore (1998) – Wes Anderson

As much as I tried, though it was a long time ago, Bottle Rocket, Anderson’s first feature film, never really clicked for me. I realized there were good things in it, but for some reason it didn’t work for me. But it may be time for a rewatch considering how much I’ve enjoyed the rest…

The Expanse (2017/2018) – Caliban’s War, and Fight or Flight

Season two of The Expanse roars to its conclusion with Caliban’s War. Written by Naren Shankar alongside Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (collectively known as James S.A. Corey the authors of The Expanse novels), the season closed out on 19 April, 2017. While Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo), Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Cotyar (Nick E. Tarabay) try…

The Expanse (2017) – The Seventh Man, and Pyre

While Mars and Earth teeter on the brink of war, Anderson Dawes (Jared Harris) reminds the OPA that it’s the best place for the Belters to keep them. At the same time, Draper (Frankie Adams) begins to recall what really happened during the attack on Ganymede, remembering that the UN forces weren’t firing on her…

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie’s follow-up to his take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic creation, Sherlock Holmes, brought to life entertainingly by Robert Downey Jr., plays with some familiar elements, characters and story moments. It gives us a rousing second film that builds on the first and makes things personal for Holmes in his pursuit of Professor Moriarty…

The Expanse (2016) – Windmills, and Salvage

Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) heads to the Holden farm in Montana to speak with Holden’s (Steven Strait) family in an attempt to better understand him and his actions, even as the UN prepares to remove him from the playing field. Windmills was written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (collectively known as James S.A. Corey, the…

Lincoln (2012) – Steven Spielberg

Daniel Day-Lewis takes the titular role in Spielberg’s masterful film about the iconic president and his struggle to pass the 13th Amendment in support of his Emancipation Proclamation, even as the Civil War continues to tear the country apart. Filled with themes and ideas that are still sad, and frighteningly relevant, this looks at a…

The Expanse (2015) – Remember the Cant, and CQB

Things are escalating on Ceres, even as Mars and Earth seem to be working to avoid a conflict. Remember the Cant was written by Robin Veith and first aired on 16 December, 2015. Holden (Steven Strait), Naomi (Dominque Tipper), Alex (Cas Anvar), Amos (Wes Chatham) and Shed (Paulo Costanzo) are being held aboard the Mars…

The Expanse (2015) – Dulcinea, and The Big Empty

I loved the moment when I discovered James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series of novels. There’s space opera in it, but so much of the worlds they created are grounded in reality, and they all rely on hard science. So when the television series came along, I was super excited. But I kept waiting before…

Robin Hood (2010) – Ridley Scott

Director Ridley Scott does away with the romp and romantic adventure that has permeated the Robin Hood myth down through the ages, and through a number of onscreen iterations to tell a more historical-based version of the tale. He packs it with stars, but the lack of derring-do may have kept audiences away, who knew…

1941 (1979) – Steven Spielberg

It has been a long time since I last watched Spielberg’s 1941, but as I’m revisiting his films and exploring the ones I haven’t written about before, it seemed like a perfect time to look at this one again. The film did not do well upon release, in fact, watching it now, it still feels…