My 2 Cents on Netflix’s The Power of the Dog

What’s new, everyone? Unless you’ve been closed off from the film circuit for a while, you’ve most likely heard of all the praise that’s been heaped on The Power of the Dog, the Western psychological drama that writer/director Jane Campion adapted for Netflix from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name. It’s been on my … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Netflix’s The Power of the Dog

My 2 Cents on Pixar’s Turning Red

What’s new, everyone? Directed by Domee Shi (Oscar-winning Pixar short Bao) in her feature directorial debut and written by Shi and Julia Cho, Turning Red, the latest movie to be released by Pixar, follows unabashedly dorky 13-year-old Meilin “Mei” Lee (played by Rosalie Chiang) in the year 2002 as she hangs out with her equally nerdy best … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Pixar’s Turning Red

My 2 Cents on Free Guy

What’s new, everyone? On February 23, Disney+ (courtesy of 20th Century Studios being absorbed into the Disney Machine) started streaming Free Guy, the 2021 action-adventure comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as Guy, the eponymous bank teller who lives out his naïve and happy-go-lucky life in a ridiculously violent—and yet oddly bloodless—city where it’s an everyday occurrence for … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Free Guy

My 2 Cents on Disney’s Encanto

What’s new, everyone? I’ve finally got around to watching Encanto, the 60th animated movie to come out of Walt Disney Animation Studios, which started streaming on Disney+ on December 24 after having released theatrically on November 24. A musical with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also has a Story By credit), it takes us to a secluded … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Disney’s Encanto

My 2 Cents on Disney+’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021)

What’s new, everyone? On December 3, Disney+ dropped a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie—not a live-action adaptation of the heavily illustrated middle grade book series by Jeff Kinney, but an animated version this time around. It focuses on the series’s first book, which is also called Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as Greg Heffley (Brady Noon, … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Disney+’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021)

My 2 Cents on Netflix’s Red Notice

What’s new, everyone? In the Netflix action-adventure heist movie Red Notice—which is apparently Netflix’s priciest and most-viewed original project to date with a $200 million budget and over 150 million views as of this writing—Interpol is issuing Red Notices, high-level warrants for the arrest of the most wanted criminals all over the globe. Crack FBI criminal … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Netflix’s Red Notice

My 2 Cents on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

What’s new, everyone? The last time that the Marvel Cinematic Universe released a movie starring an all-new superhero was 2019’s Captain Marvel. Now we’ve got Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which debuts another superhero in the form of Shaun/Shang-Chi himself (Simu Liu, Netflix’s Kim’s Convenience). Starting out as a San Francisco parking valet, he ends … Continue reading My 2 Cents on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings