Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
There are some movies from the past that can show you what the culture was of that time. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of those movies. Set in 1988 and released February 17, 1989, it shows what life in the 80's was like, including the horrible hairstyles and the bad fashion. The movie goes so far as to have a rock band that replaces the I with a Y, which was common in the 80's. Now considered a cult classic, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure grossed $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million. Receiving poor to mixed reviews at the time, it currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. While it was able to get it a sequel in 1991, there is still enough love…
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Lincoln Throwback Movie Review

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For as long as I can remember, I've been enthralled by the American Civil War. And Lincoln delivers an inside look into the reasons, the battles, and the people behind it. Fueled by the fight for slavery, the movie portrays just how divided the United States were at the time. The movie begins in January 1865, where we see President Abraham Lincoln speaking to the House of Representatives. Speaking to one of the biggest issues to effect slavery, he urges them to pass the 13th amendment during the final months of the Civil War. From there, the movie chronicles the ongoing debate in the House. And we also see Lincoln's responses to the peace talks with the Confederacy. This film immerses you into what it was like trying to get the…
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Dunkirk Movie Review

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There are countless movies that either take World War 2 as inspiration or as a setting. Movies like Saving Private Ryan, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Schindler's List are great at showing the war and what it's like to live through it. Dunkirk is one of the battles of World War 2 that I did not know of. But, when hearing it was being written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it's one that I had to check out. The Battle of Dunkirk would turn into an essential battle in the grand scheme of the war. Taking place from May 26 to June 4, 1940, this battle is part of the more massive Battle of France. In this pivotal fight, Germany would capture not only France but Belgium,…
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Movie Review

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I can remember watching the first two Hotel Transylvania movies with my family and enjoying what I saw. When I saw that Sony Pictures Animation was releasing the third film to round out the trilogy, I was excited to see what these characters would be doing. For those that don't know, the basic idea behind the first Hotel Transylvania is that Dracula spends his time running a hotel for monsters, and his daughter Mavis falls in love with a human. And the second had Dracula realizing that he is not as young as he used to be and how the world has changed. The cast of the previous movies included Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selina Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Johnny. The previous movies main cast was filled out with Kevin…
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Guest Post, Movie Review, Spoiler Talk
This week, I'm proud to introduce you to my wife, Amy, who has written a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She loves the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series, and here are her thoughts on the newest installment, Fallen Kingdom. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review Though the critics aren't raving about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. In all fairness, I must admit I'm a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies in general. Plus, I think Chris Pratt, one of the leading actors, is the most amazing actor that ever lived. (Seriously! Have you seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Passengers, or Parks and Recreation??? He's…
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Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Review

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There are times when the end of a movie is like a gut punch. Movies like Avengers: Infinity War give you that feeling, but how best can you recover from something like that? You go from that galaxy-spanning adventure to one that brings it back home as a light-hearted family affair. Ant-Man and The Wasp does this in many aspects. From the relationship between Hank and Hope or Scott and Cassie, or the fun reactions of someone like fan-favorite Louis, there's something for everyone to love. Ant-Man and The Wasp brings back almost everyone from the cast of Ant-Man and includes veteran actors like Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. This film has a cast full of talented actors that can hit the action, drama, and comedy. Expanding on the Tech One of…
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Tag Movie Review

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I once heard it said that no one will ever know you as well as the friends you have while you are young. When you think about it, there is truth to that statement. This is a point in your life when you are most honest with everyone that you know because you are without fear of what they think of you. I had some friends from this era in my life that I consider friends still, though as an adult I'm often busy with life and don't see them much let alone talk to them. But what would have happened if we continued to play a game of tag for the last 30 years? This is what forms the core of Tag. Five friends play the same game of…
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Incredibles 2 Movie Review

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Sometimes there are good movies that make a lot of money that ends up getting a sequel pushed out quickly that fails. And then some movies take a long time to get a sequel and it can be argued that the sequel is better than the original. Incredibles 2 is one of those films that is arguably better than the first. If we look at the critics' score over at Rotten Tomatoes, The Incredibles has a score of 97% and Incredibles 2 has a 94%. This makes the argument because they are so close to each other based on critic reviews, and either one could be the better of the two. Incredibles 2 released 14 years after the first, and the creators of the film were aware how much the general public…
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The Covenant Throwback Movie Review

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When I was in college, I would watch just about any movie that had a hard rock soundtrack. With White Zombie and Rob Zombie, 2006's The Covenant had one of those soundtracks. Much like SwimFan, The Covenant hit me at one of those times in my life that I look back on fondly. When I saw that it was on Netflix, I had to take the time to watch it. The story revolves around a group of friends who descend from four families that fled from Salem to Ipswitch during the Salem Witch Trials. Calling themselves the "Sons of Ipswitch," they each possess a power to do some fantastical things. After getting to know everyone within the town things start to happen. And that's where the film hits a multitude of film…
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The Incredibles Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
I have noticed over the years that when I go back to watch a movie that I used to enjoy, I don't always see it in the same way or, often, I'll connect with different characters. Take Swimfan for example. I can remember watching it almost ten years ago and being entertained by it, but watching it recently I started to see the downsides to it more than I used to. This is something I noticed again during this week's family movie night when we watched Pixar's 2004 classic, The Incredibles.   The first time I remember watching The Incredibles, I connected with the children more than anyone else in the film. When it was released, I was barely 20 myself and connected with the interactions the kids had with their parents and understood…
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