Avengers: Endgame (movie review with SPOILERS)

I love you 3000.

Even if there’s a small chance, we owe this to everyone who’s not in this room to try.

Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be. A measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are.

No amount of money ever bought a second of time.

Turns out resentment is corrosive, and I hate it.

Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of 11 years of MCU movies, and like most everyone, I was very excited for it. I went to see it with my sister and three friends, and as the opening scene began, my gaze was locked on the screen. I couldn’t believe I was finally watching this movie.

But when I left the theater (three hours later!), I felt… unsatisfied. Had I enjoyed myself? Sure. Was the movie any good? Well, yes. But did I love it? Would I watch it again and again and sing its praises to anyone who would listen (as I’ve done with other movies)?


I didn’t love Endgame, and today I’m going to review it and tell you why. Read More »

Mary Poppins Returns (movie review + thoughts)

Remember Mary Poppins?

That musical about a magical nanny who comes from the sky and brings joy to a fractured family?

Maybe you remember it fondly, happily. The bird lady! The kite! The penguins! Or maybe you remember it with disgust. Ugh, the singing nanny? That was ridiculous! For little kids! I can’t even believe I watched that! Or maybe, you’ve never seen it.

No matter which of these three categories you’re in, I can say one thing with certainty:

Mary Poppins Returns is for you. Read More »

The Joy Within and the Power Beyond

Note: this article has some spoilers from the ancient Greek Oedipus plays and the movies Rogue One, Captain America: The First Avenger, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


Imagine you are going to the theater with your friends. You decide to watch a drama about a man who marries his mother accidentally and gets involved in a series of family arguments, national wars, love affairs, and deaths (particularly by suicide, which seems to be the popular choice in this story). It’s a three-part series, and you can’t wait to find out what happens.

You know what to expect: lots of swearing (naturally), a few extremely sexual scenes, nonstop action, deaths and wars filling the big screen, and the like. The movie is probably rated at least R.

It’s called Oedipus the King. Read More »

Rogue One (a mini review)

Anyone, even those who don’t like Star Wars, ought to watch Rogue One, and here are several reasons why.

  1. It’s a beautiful story, with a message of faith without sight that is especially inspirational to Christians, as we’ve never seen our Savior.
  2. It’s a powerful story that grips you long after you watch the movie.
  3. It’s a captivating story that gets you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next.
  4. It’s a stand-alone story, so you don’t have to watch the other Star Wars movies to understand it.
  5. It’s a gripping story, so you might want to watch the other Star Wars movies when you finish it.
  6. It’s got Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, two first-rate actors who put on a spectacular show.
  7. You don’t have to understand the difference between a B-wing and an X-wing, a TIE fighter or the Death Star, to understand the story.
  8. There’s a good book version of it by Alexander Freed, for anyone who likes reading books based on movies.
  9. There are plenty of “making-of” features in the Blu-Ray version, for people who like watching extra features (like me).
  10. It’s stunningly satisfying in a way that most movies fail to be, making you laugh, cry, and love the characters, so when it’s done, you’ll wish there was more but agree that it was a good ending. (Who am I kidding? It was the best ending of a movie ever!)
  11.  It’s the best movie in the world. Just saying.
  12. It’s awesome for original-trilogy (e.g. Episodes 4, 5, 6) geeks, because it has the same feel.
  13. It’s awesome for any fans of Star Wars because… well… it’s a Star Wars story.
  14. It’s confusing (that might actually be a reason not to watch it… but… I had to let you know).

Why are you not watching it?

written in May 2017, right after I first watched the movie