Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a comedy adventure about kids who get sucked into a video game. But everyone watching it knew that was going to happen going in; we’re just there for the spectacle.

Verdict: it was fun, but it’s nothing special, and it relies on cultural stereotypes a little too much for its jokes, especially around its single black character. I do enjoy actors getting to play characters that don’t match their appearance (at one point Dwayne-The-Rock Johnson gets to gleefully cry “I’m a nerd!”), and that was probably the main draw of this movie. Well, that…

Movie Review: The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin is a movie about the power struggles among the Central Committee in the Soviet Union when Stalin, well, dies. (Spoiler alert?) It’s a black comedy directed by the same person who did the show Veep, if you’ve heard of that. (I’ve heard of it but haven’t actually seen it; nevertheless, the comparison still helped going in.)

Honestly, the movie was a little too dark for my tastes. A lot of the humor involves violence, or juxtapositions of the mundane against violence, or the Committee members making jokes about violence; what didn’t have to do with violence…

Movie Review: Black Panther

Like Wonder Woman, it’s not really necessary for me to do a review of Marvel’s Black Panther. You already know about it, you already know it’s gotten great reviews, you’ve probably already seen it or decided you’re not going to see it anyway. So this “review” is going to be more a collection of thoughts.

Black Panther is a Marvel superhero movie, but rather than just being about the hero going through some personal growth while saving the world, there’s the additional interesting setting of Wakanda, a hidden country that’s decades ahead of the rest of the world technologically.…

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