Last Wednesday (6/20/18) and friend and I watched Solo: A Star Wars Story. Conversation and food followed, a great night all around.
Space. Western. Action.
This wasn’t a movie that I felt needed made, but leaving the theater I found that I was not only glad they did it but I wanted more – so mission accomplished.
We viewed this semi-recently as a family; the kids liked it more than I did although I’m not sure why I didn’t like it as much.
Still Big Hero 6 was fun and had heart, especially when dealing with the loss of a loved one. It didn’t provide all the answers, but acknowledged the loss and the grief that accompanies it and that was well done.
The saga of my brother and I watching all of the Marvel movie sagas found its latest iteration in Thor: Ragnarok.
The cast and crew … but mostly the cast
More fun then the other Thors and with a hero who seems to be enjoying the ride as well, this film was great.
We watched it together on March 3, 2018
In early June we watched Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; this was the first time for the kids.
Cool armor and vehicles, so there’s that
It had probably been about five years since my wife and I had watched it and it was tough going, but we made it through.
I found myself explaining a lot for the group, from methods of romance (?) to geo-political procedures, etc. It doesn’t have to be simplistic, but it does have to make sense.
I’m glad it adds to the universe, but I’m also glad we can move on.
Bear in London, take two
The first one was a surprise and so was this one.
The surprise? How good they were! Even more so with this sequel, where the characters are established so there’s more pressure on the plot to deliver.
You can eat your marmalade sandwich with no worries – Paddington 2 does great job with fun and heart, minus the cheese.
We were finally able to check this one out and I continue to be impressed with how even though the offerings get bigger and bigger, Marvel is still able to keep everything coherent and flowing.
Assemble while you can …
My thoughts in bullet point form, spoilers follow:
- Thanos was well done. I understood his motivations and those reasons made sense according to his warped view. It also made sense that it would take all our heroes to be able to bring him down (see “moon throw” for reference)
- Three (two good one bad) different takes on the “sacrifice the one you love for the greater good” – Star Lord/Gamora, Scarlet Witch/Vision and Thanos/Gamora. It was interesting how many times they went to that theme
- When the logo itself half turned to dust at the end, that was cold. Kicking you while you were down
- I thought there would be more hope at the end, maybe as the camera pans back from Thanos giving the satisfied “I won” sigh and watching the sunset we might see Dr. Strange’s cape flapping off to the side or something like that
- Dr. Strange being the man in this film worked really well for me
- I found I was ready for Tony Stark to bow out. It was fine he didn’t, but again, I was ready for it
- Who’s to say Ms. Marvel didn’t turn to ash right after getting the message from Nick Fury?
- While I’m asking questions, since he can shape all reality while not just make everything half it’s size, then the universe would have enough resources? Or for that matter, just make more food? Answer: because it’s a movie and I get that
- Great character interaction across the board, but Rocket/Winter Soldier was the best
We really enjoyed this one; had heard good things but the story was unlike anything we’d seen from the Marvel cinematic universe so far and it was a great ride.
One of my favorite Disney movies growing up was Robin Hood, and bringing it home on blu ray felt good.
Golly What A Day
Please enjoy the above illustration done by Tom Whalen. It’s a great look I enjoy and it brings the movie new life every time I look at it.
Some forces in the universe are unstoppable.
My Little Pony.
Friendship really is magic.
We watched the movie together earlier this year and they loved it.
The Cat from Outer Space was a movie that came out in 1979 and revolutionized the “animal-from-outer-space-with-a-telekinetic-collar” genre.
I know what you’re thinking and yes, it is that awesome.
I loved it as a kid and we watched it as a family on February 2, 2018.