Archive for the Film Category

Rogue One and the Disturbing Implications of Star Wars Droids

Posted in Film, Rants with tags on May 17, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

K-2SO(Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below.)

My wife and I recently watched Rogue One. Better late than never, after all. Happily, I found it to be a really good movie. That really puts it into above and beyond territory, because it could have been awful and still been worth watching just for the Vader scene at the end. Continue reading

Highlander: The Raven

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on November 5, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Not exactly an image that fills me with a lot of hope...Originally published 1/19/11, updated 11/5/16

Question: What if you set out to make a TV show and every single person involved hated each other with the burning fury of a thousand exploding suns?

Answer: You’d have Highlander: The Raven.

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Nitpicking Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Posted in Film, Nitpicking Movies, Rants with tags on January 25, 2016 by Charlie Brooks


Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_DVD_CoverHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
(or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for we dumb Americans) is my favorite film from the Harry Potter series that I’ve seen because it’s the story that feels the most like an introduction to a magical world rather than yet another fantasy tale about a chosen one facing off against a great evil. Like all the films, it does a pretty good job of adapting J.K. Rowling’s original work and features an amazing cast that not only introduced the world to the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson but also included such great stars as Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, and more. It’s a fun time and a good movie, so now I’m going to spend some time bitching about nitpicky details.    Continue reading

Nitpicking How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Posted in Film, Nitpicking Movies, Rants with tags , , on December 21, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!My favorite Christmas movie, without question, is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (sorry Die Hard). The creative team, which included the likes of Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff, and Thurl Ravenscroft, but together an adventure with a gleefully evil villain but still managed to make it one of the most touching Christmas films ever conceived. So, naturally, I’m going to spend some time here picking it apart. Continue reading

The Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , on December 8, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Love Never DiesI had almost forgotten that I promised to talk about Love Never Dies in my discussion of the 2004 Phantom of the Opera film. Maybe I had blocked it out of my memory. Regardless, folks who are sick of hearing me complain about Gerard Butler’s Phantom can be happy that there is something I dislike even more. Continue reading

Nitpicking Jurassic Park

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on December 1, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Jurassic ParkMy family and I watched Jurassic Park over the weekend. I really need to stress that it’s a good movie, because I’m about to spend quite a bit of time making fun of it. Continue reading

5 Major Plot Holes That Aren’t

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Hans GruberI love the Internet like a sibling – a sibling with very little social grace or common sense who is constantly embarrassing me at parties. I love the fact that it provides me with an outlet to gab on endlessly about things I like and vent about things I dislike. But with that territory comes a degree of frustration. In some cases, this is just minor irritation. In others, usually a result of a poorly-worded image search, it results in screaming horror that makes me want to stick my thumbs into my eyes. I’m going to focus on the former right now and save the eye-gouging for later.

Movies are one of those areas that I tend to read up about a lot and one of those areas where people tend to get me grinding my teeth. Almost all movies tend to have plot holes, but there are certain holes that people just won’t let go. They reach a viral level and become repeated by everybody who wants to take a shot at popular cinema. The most popular of these tend to irritate the Hell out of me because they aren’t actually plot holes. Continue reading