LARPing As Represented In ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ And ‘Role Models’

By | February 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

LARP, live-action roleplaying, is Dungeons and Dragon's less popular sister. At least in the sense of pop culture. While many television shows devote an entire episode to the characters learning about Dungeons and Dragons or referencing a character who has once played the popular tabletop RPG, LARP is demoted to mere visual gags. While a [...]

What Makes A Christmas Movie A Christmas Movie?

By | December 12th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

The holidays bring around a yearly debate: if Die Hard, the 1988 Bruce Willis action movie, is a Christmas movie or not. Classifying films as "a Christmas movie" is not as straightforward as it may seem. While classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Prince scream Christmas (it's literally in the name [...]

‘A Quiet Place’ Could Have Been A Part Of Cloverfield, But I’m Glad It Wasn’t

By | April 13th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for A Quiet Place.  A Quiet Place is a monster movie with a good concept. The monsters are attracted to noise, so the characters must stay silent. This allows the film to do much more than simple jump scares and build suspense over its well-crafted scenes.  Despite the fact that the film had nothing [...]

Murder On The Orient Express: A Timely Classic

By | December 1st, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery first connects to its viewers through its excessive use of very famous people. Every character introduction feels like a wink and a nudge to the viewer. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars), Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find [...]

In His New Movie, Captain Underpants Fights Toxic Masculinity

By | June 13th, 2017|Movies|

Warning: Spoilers for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie I did not expect a thoughtful movie when I bought a ticket to see Captain Underpants. I assumed that it would be worth the price of admission for some potty humor and nostalgia. The movie I ended up watching had all of those things, interesting commentary, [...]

Wonder Woman and the Pointless War

By | June 6th, 2017|Movies, Pop Culture, Tom's Posts|

***WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Wonder Woman*** Around the middle of the first act of Wonder Woman, we arrive at the iconic moment where Diana rescues Steve Trevor. She dives into the water and pulls him from his damaged plane as it sinks. Back on land, she resuscitates him just in time to look [...]

Is the DCEU trying to become the MCU?

By | May 31st, 2017|Movies|

Recently, it was announced that Joss Whedon would produce, direct, and write the upcoming Batgirl film. Whedon, of course, is known for cult television series such as Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he also took part in producing, directing, and writing the first two Avengers movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, due [...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Still Doesn’t Know What to Do with Gamora

By | May 5th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Movies, Pop Culture|

Warning: Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel Studio's most unique franchises. The characters separate themselves from the other characters in the MCU not just in appearance, but also in shtick. It's still a rag-tag group of heroes, but with much [...]

The Lowest Grossing Film of 2012 Is Actually Pretty Good

By | March 31st, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Buy the film on Amazon here. Or rent it on Youtube here. In 2012, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X grossed $117 during its one week theatrical run, making it the lowest grossing movie of that year. Nearly five years later it played in a one-room theater in a suburb of Akron, Ohio [...]