Jumanji through the Years

Jumanji is one of those films I watched as a child only because it regularly played on TBS. It’s a weird movie that I enjoyed for no particular reason, other than that it has an intriguing premise that was fun to reenact with friends.

Adapting picture books into movies is always an interesting process. Picture books aren’t plot-focused so making a movie adaptation is more about representing the “essence” of the book than it is about retelling the story. Chris Van Allsburg’s premise is simple: Judy and Peter play a board that brings each challenge to life within their home. Though startled by animal stampedes and thieving monkeys, the kids have no problem powering through the game and winning. Continue reading “Jumanji through the Years”

Movie Review: Dunkirk

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the battle before I decided to see the movie. My friend, a history buff, gave me a crash course before the movie, making me wish I learned more about it in school or elsewhere. The Battle of Dunkirk may have been a military failure for the European Allied Powers, but it still boosted morale for them, and for the British in particular. It’s the turning point in the war before the US joined it. The story had my interest before viewing the movie, and coming out of the movie the interest was exponentially higher; Dunkirk is easily one of the best movies I’ve ever viewed, and much of the public—and critics online—agree.

To be clear, Dunkirk is not something to watch if you need an escape. Expect an intense, stressful movie experience if you do view it. I already love movies, but found myself more engaged during this one than most. My eyes were wide the entire two hours; I rarely looked away from the screen. I didn’t even check my watch, which is a habit for me even during the most entertaining movies. Every few minutes I had to pause, ensure I could still breath, and unclench my jaw or my fists.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming & Beyond

I see a lot of movies in theaters. And when the movie in question is a Marvel movie, I’m probably going to see it on opening weekend. Spider-Man: Homecoming was no exception. Below is a mini review, my ranking of the mainstream Spider-Man movies (because everyone is doing a ranking), and some comic book suggestions for those who want something beyond the movies. Continue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming & Beyond”

Book vs. Movie: Before I Fall

I discovered “Before I Fall” about a year after its publication, and it has been one of my favorite books since then. A lot of Lauren Oliver’s books have been optioned as movies over the years, but never made it past the screenplay development process. “Delirium” was even turned into a TV show, only for it to stop production after filming the pilot episode. Because I expected “Before I Fall” to have the same results as Oliver’s others books—that it would never have the movie—I was genuinely surprised (and excited) when I saw Lauren Oliver share a trailer on Twitter.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I am dubbing 2017 the official “Year of the Superhero.” Why this year? Well, my skepticism towards the Justice League aside, this year has (and will) put forth many of the best superhero movies on record. “Logan” was a strong, emotional send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. “Wonder Woman” is easily the best intro movie to a superhero; if you think I’m exaggerating, Rotten Tomatoes agrees with me. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” looks quirky and funny, with actual teenagers in the main roles, the way Spider-Man is supposed to be. That first “Thor: Ragnorak” trailer had an awesome retro style with some of the funniest superhero movie moments to date.

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