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Monday, May 09, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Year of Peril: America in 1942 by Tracy Campbell

What is it like to live through historic times? As we have recently re-learned, it really sucks. Fascinating and eerily timely.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Dear Evan Hanson (HBO Max)

When I saw this in the theater, I didn't know the plot in advance. It eviscerated me. Please - see it live.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Night House (HBO Max)

I swear I did not click on this title, was several minutes into it before I realized, but finished it anyway.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

The 21-Word Review: West Side Story (2021) (HBO Max)

It doesn't matter how many times you have seen the original, this version will lift your soul and crush your heart.

Friday, April 08, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Death on the Nile (HBO Max)

Significantly better that a movie that was shelved for two years due to a toxic Covid and cast deserves to be.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Go-Go's (Hotel Showtime)

I don't know whether to be appalled or impressed that these women rockers were just as debauched as the men rockers.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Seeing Red (Disney+)

 I'm not in the core demographic, but it's a metaphor right? All of it? The red panda, the huge mother, Toronto?

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Adam Project (Netflix)

Technology that is obviously decades advanced was all developed within Ryan Reynold's lifetime. Just one of many issues engineers will note.

Monday, April 04, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The House of Gucci (Delta In-Flight)

I'm just a little bit uncomfortable with an entire cast putting on Italian accents. Shouldn't they just be talking in Italian?

Sunday, April 03, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Green Knight (Hotel Showtime)

 I recall reading this. It was odd and I don't remember it. Based on that criteria, this was an accurate adaptation.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Nobody (Hotel HBO)

See this is why I could never be a casting director. There is no way I could have imagined Bob OdenWick,

Friday, April 01, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Delta In-Flight)

I fondly remember sitting in the William G. Enloe High School cafeteria and discussing the revelation that was the original Ghostbusters.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Batman

By extrapolation, Batman 2030 will just be Bruce Wayne sitting in a dark room listening to a Cure album and whispering.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Nightmare Alley (HBO Max)

With this title and this director I expected more literal monsters. A masterclass in updating the noir genre, nearly perfect throughout.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Belfast (Amazon)

Monday, March 28, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Amazon)

Owen’s inconsistent accent, Cate’s waif miscasting - just for starters. Even Willem’s shorts, Dumbledore. and a Portuguese Bowie can’t save it.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Spencer (Amazon)

If one shouts “Oh, come on!” or “That’s ridiculous” more than twice, then it’s not a good biopic. Kristen was good.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

It’s past time for Mr. Hiaasen to permanently retire his Skink character, but the addition of the Ur-Trump president was spectacular.

Friday, March 25, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Devolution by Max Brooks

There on page 11 is proof. I could perhaps believe in Bigfoot, but not a fictional radio host named “Kai Ryssdal”. 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Event Horizon (HBO Max)

 I thought it was in the 10 Sci-Fi movies to watch, not the list of 10 horror films NOT to watch.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

There are few joys as great as that of picking up an unknown novel at a used sale and being transported.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Being the Ricardos (Amazon)

Your enjoyment will likely be proportional to how much you enjoy watching sausage being made. Exquisite, classic, brilliant, innovative, groundbreaking sausage.

Monday, March 21, 2022

The 21-Word Review: Free Guy (Amazon)

A very entertaining, worthwhile experience. Even more entertaining if you imagine it as a prequel or sequel to the Matrix movies.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The House (Netflix)

When your daughter suggests that you watch a movie so you can discuss it, you watch it. No matter how strange.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

The 21-Word Review: The French Dispatch (Amazon)

It felt like the movies my friends and I used to make where everyone we knew was guaranteed a speaking role