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Monday, May 22, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Hail Mary by Andy Weir

While not a sequel, certainly a worthy followup to Mr. Weir's first novel. I look forward to the Matt Damon movie.

Friday, May 19, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Disney+)

I was ready to give it a poor review, then Evangeline said, "I love you, Scott" and now that's my ringtone.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Great Bridge by David McCullough

Engineering without computers or CAD, built without modern tools, and it's still standing. There were once giants among us. (Engineers rule!)

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Amazon)

Yeah, it's pretty good for a sequel to a sequel (to a sequel?), but it's still just a cartoon cat eventually.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Violent Night (Delta In-Flight)

Attempting to silence the "is Die Hard a Christmas movie" debate, here's Die Hard with a Candy Cane. With less charm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Vengeance (Amazon)

I'm writing this with dilated eyes, squinting to make out the words. So it's shorter than usual. Good movie, bad marketing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Don't Worry Baby (HBO Max)

Stepford Wives meets The Matrix meets Gaslight meets any recent A24 movie. Mr. Stiles exceeded (very low) expectations and Florence shines.

Monday, February 20, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Your People (Netflix)

A romantic comedy where the main characters don't do something mind numbingly stupid halfway through to build tension. What a concept.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Cartel by Don Winslow

Every casual drug user should be required to read this novel to understand the horror inflicted on innocents by their habit.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Amsterdam (HBO)

A brilliant cast, interesting time period, and plot that starts well and gets too overweight by the end. What a shame.

Friday, February 17, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney +)

Marvell's writers turned a relatively silly plot into something captivating and heartbreaking without schmaltz. An amazing feat, truly. Chadwick Boseman Forever.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Banshees of Inisherin

Magnificent and original. One does wonder if it would work without the Irish accents, though. Banshees of New Orleans?

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix)

It is pretty amazing that both of the main actors started working as children in movies, but in very different decades

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The 21-Word Review: What If 2 by Randall Munroe

While I very much enjoy Mr. XKCD's books, I cannot help but be intensely jealous that gets to do this professionally.

Monday, February 13, 2023

The 21-Word Review: After Life (Hotel Showtime)

An interesting idea, and I won't spoil it, but as a grown man I feel icky seeing Wednesday walking around naked.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Ladies' Man (Hotel Showtime)

The SNL subreddit recommended this as one of the better character movies. It ... isn't. I like the actors, not the movie.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Mod Squad (Hotel Shotime)

I wasn't allowed to watch The Mod Squad. I thought it was too cool for kids. Maybe it was just bad.

Friday, February 10, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The Menu (HBO)

One feels guilty watching the movie while eating a large burrito in aluminum foil and cinnamon roll in a cardboard box.

Thursday, February 09, 2023

The 21-Word Review: All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)

Remember the old movies that glorified wars and sanitized the violence? The current trend is much worse and very much better.

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Glass Onion (Netflix)

What a waste of talent. And a chance to resurrect Christie-esque mysteries. And I still can't get over the  southern-ish accent.

Sunday, January 08, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld

A gift from my daughter's boyfriend, so I can't gush. However, I really enjoyed reading how the comedy sausage is made.

Saturday, January 07, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Netflix)

The important part of the title is the "Guillermo del Toro" part, not the "Pinocchio" part. Amazing, but this ain't Disney.

Friday, January 06, 2023

The 21-Word Review: The People We Hate at the Wedding (Amazon)

When the women of the house decide on a movie for the evening, the man of the house must play along.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Black Adam (HBO Max)

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why a big star like Mr. Johnson can't make a great movie.

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

The 21-Word Review: Hustle (Netflix)

My suspicion is that Adam made this movie as an excuse to get to hang out with all his NBA heroes.