Spenser Confidential: He gets beat up a LOT.

Has Mark(y) Mark Wahlberg successfully completed the transistion from 90s white-hop douche to accomplished leading man? Probably. I dunno. He hasn’t put out any cringeworthy quasi-rap albums lately, but has acted in lots of films. Some good ones (The Departed, Three Kings), and some turkeys (The Happening), so people must like seeing him in stuff.Continue reading “Spenser Confidential: He gets beat up a LOT.”

Disney’s Stargirl: One word.

I started reading comic books in earnest around 1981 or so. Soon after, I felt like creating my own superheroes and made up my own characters. One of the characters I “invented” was a girl who could channel solar energy, whom I named Star Girl. Two words. Not very original but hey, I was 12.Continue reading “Disney’s Stargirl: One word.”

A Fall From Grace: ………um………….

There’s been some hubbub about the fact that media mogul Tyler Perry has his own production studio but is yet to hire any black writers. Well, I know a pretty decent black writer; I shave him every morning. But if Tyler Perry came to me and said he wanted to make one of my booksContinue reading “A Fall From Grace: ………um………….”

6 Underground:A film with guts. And brains. Literally.

I’m a red-blooded American male. So, yeah, I like me a good action flick. Even bad action flicks can be an amusing waste of time. And sometimes, movies are just… there. Netflix’s latest blockbuster-wannabe outing, 6 Underground, is probably the loudest, most profane two hours of nothing I’ve ever had to sit through. By theContinue reading “6 Underground:A film with guts. And brains. Literally.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Far from good.

Okay, so it isn’t terrible, but it also isn’t better than Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s not even better than Spider-Man 3. Let me just state up front: I’ve never really been on board with Tom Holland as Peter Parker. I can understand them wanting to reboot Spidey to appeal to a younger demographic, and in thatContinue reading “Spider-Man: Far From Home: Far from good.”

Dumbo (2019): I be done seen it.

So, I got the Disney+ thing. First thing I did, after seeing that they won’t have the Homeward Bound movies until May of next year, was sit the wife and me down and check out the 2019 remake of their beloved favorite, Dumbo. Because I sure as hell wasn’t going to pay full price toContinue reading “Dumbo (2019): I be done seen it.”

Wine Country: You might need a glass, yourself.

The new Netflix comedy Wine Country certainly won’t win any awards for most original movie title. It’s not exactly an original story idea, either. Trips to Napa Valley for wine-tastings have been the backdrop for many comedies, dramas, and dramedies (I hate dramedies, btw). You know they’re gonna drink. And talk. And fight. Rinse, repeat.Continue reading “Wine Country: You might need a glass, yourself.”

The Silence: It’s not golden.

Oh, Stanley Tucci. You’re a respectable actor, man. Who in Hollywood has got illicit photos of you? And if so, being seen in those can’t possibly be worse than being seen in The Silence. Netflix’s newest entry into the “if you X, then the Y’s will getcha” sub-genre of dystopian thriller movies seeks to blendContinue reading “The Silence: It’s not golden.”

Juanita: No one’s perfect, but no one wants to be alone.

When all you’ve known is Columbus, Ohio, the Rocky Mountains is enough to give anyone a panic attack. Our heroine Juanita treats the terminally ill during the day, tolerates the mentally ill at night, and pulls no punches when telling us all about it. Juanita is a new Netflix film starring the always-excellent Alfre WoodardContinue reading “Juanita: No one’s perfect, but no one wants to be alone.”