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Movie Review: Wish

I had heard next to nothing about Wish before I watched it. I knew it was the latest Disney animated movie, and I saw it was now streaming on Disney+. I was looking for something to watch with the family, and it seemed like an obvious choice, so I pressed play. I struggle to find things that I actually liked about the movie, as it failed for me on so many different levels. But as I thought through everything, I did manage to come up with two things. First, my 11 year old daughter had a good time watching it.

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Movie Review: Conan the Barbarian

I have long held the belief that up until Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, fantasy just never got a fair shake in cinema. I’ve watched quite a few earlier fantasy movies, and while some of them certainly made an effort at quality, too often they just ended up being far too cheesy to take seriously. In my head, I’d always assumed Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian would fall right into that same category, so I never even bothered to watch it. I don’t know what possessed me, but I decided to give it a shot earlier this week, expecting

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Movie Review: Wonka

Look at this! I’m reviewing a movie that’s not years and years old! I know, you’re shocked. In truth, I’m really feeling like I’d like to switch back to some movie watching again instead of series, though the trick is that I’m in the middle of a number of series, so I’m not sure when I’ll actually be able to switch. But anyway, on to the review. When I first heard about Wonka, I was skeptical. It seemed like it was mostly likely just another money grab based on nostalgia. I love the Gene Wilder original, so monkeying around with

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Movie Review: Nightmare on Elm Street 1 vs. 2

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been going through older “classic” horror movies, seeing what might have made them so lasting and popular, and taking note for the way they each approach the genre. Some of these movies have been really impressive. Some of them have turned out to be absolute stinkers. Nightmare on Elm Street 1 and 2 really do a good job of exemplifying this. The first one was a real surprise. Directed by Wes Craven (and featuring Johnny Depp in his first film), the movie has an engaging plot that creates some real scares. We gradually learn the history

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Revisiting Horror Classics

Okay. So I get that “classics” is definitely in the eye of the beholder, so maybe it’s not exactly the right word, but I’ve been on a bit of a horror binge for the last while, watching movies that I’ve never seen before. I decided to start off with the originals of long running series. I watched Scream and Friday the 13th, and I’m going to move on to A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and others. Horror films have generally been something I’ve avoided, for the simple reason that I don’t enjoy being scared. However, watching Scream was kind

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