Category: 4 Star Reviews

Movie Review: Onward (2020)

ONWARD BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLAPRIL 5, 2020 “On a quest the clear path is never the right one.” — Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) As we waded into the waters of the animated film “Onward,” my seven-year-old daughter posed me this question: in the context of the film, would I rather live in either the magic-filled world of yesteryear, where wizards and unicorns are prevalent or … Read More Movie Review: Onward (2020)

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Movie Review: Underwater (2020)

UNDERWATER BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJANUARY 10, 2020 “This better not be 20,000-Leagues-Under-The-Sea-shit, man.” — Paul (T.J. Miller) Borrow from the best. Or if you’re director William Eubank (2014’s underrated sci-fi, “The Signal”), borrow from all the best. But borrowing is only half the equation. To make a memorable film, and not just a recreation, you have to make it your own. Thankfully, Eubank does just … Read More Movie Review: Underwater (2020)

Movie Review: Sorry To Bother You (2018)

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLNOVEMBER 26, 2018 “If you get shown a problem but have no idea how to control it then you just decide to get used to the problem.” — Squeeze (Steven Yeun), “Sorry To Bother You” Boots Riley breaks through the clutter with his directorial debut. Take a step back and look at the absurd era we live in, … Read More Movie Review: Sorry To Bother You (2018)

TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 13: “The Word” (2018)

THE HANDMAID’S TALESEASON TWO Episode 13: “The Word” BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJULY 11, 2018 Sophomore seasons of TV can be a gamble, especially when the source material ran out after the first one. By focusing on filling in the gaps of this unique world and diving deeper into the already established characters, “The Handmaid’s Tale” proves its place as Hulu’s biggest hit yet. The season … Read More TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 13: “The Word” (2018)

Movie Review: Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

FAHRENHEIT 451 BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLMAY 27, 2018 “Fahrenheit four five one is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and starts to burn” — Guy Montag, “Fahrenheit 451” Now is the era of television. We’re in the heyday of the long-form medium, where the quality of TV surpasses most feature films by a long shot. It’s a medium that allows for a slow … Read More Movie Review: Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 5: “Seeds” (2018)

THE HANDMAID’S TALESEASON TWO Episode 5: “Seeds” BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLMAY 18, 2018 How do you show the person who has been so loyal to you throughout the years that you value them? In the Republic of Gilead, you gift them with an arranged marriage to a barely teenage girl freshly ripped from her family to partake in ritualized sex practices in order to bear … Read More TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 5: “Seeds” (2018)

TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 4: “Other Women” (2018)

THE HANDMAID’S TALESEASON TWO Episode 4: “Other Women” BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLMAY 10, 2018 Over the course of a full season, and now well into the second season, we’ve come to know June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) as one personality type. Her “fight the system” attitude pushes through in this dystopian future and rightfully so, as this is how I am sure many viewers come to think … Read More TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – Episode 4: “Other Women” (2018)

TV Review: The Walking Dead: Season 8 – Episode 14: “Still Gotta Mean Something” (2018)

THE WALKING DEADSEASON EIGHT Episode 14: “Still Gotta Mean Something” BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLAPRIL 2, 2018 Last week, after an attack on Hilltop by the Simon (Steven Ogg) led Saviors, the Saviors that were being held captive at Hilltop were inadvertently let go by young Henry (Macsen Lintz), who was searching for the man who killed his brother. Some of the POWs stayed behind, but … Read More TV Review: The Walking Dead: Season 8 – Episode 14: “Still Gotta Mean Something” (2018)

Movie Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLAUGUST 2, 2017 “All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.” — The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) Andy Serkis’ Caesar is Jesus, Moses, and Willis … Read More Movie Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Movie Review: What If (2014)

WHAT IF BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLJANUARY 2, 2015 “What If” or “When Wallace Met Chantry”: Can men and women just be friends? Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan attempt to answer this question in their latest romantic comedy, “What If”. Meeting at a party in Toronto and enjoying each other’s company, Wallace (Radcliffe) quickly discovers that his new crush, Chantry (Kazan), has a serious boyfriend. Thus … Read More Movie Review: What If (2014)

Quick Review: If I Stay (2014)

IF I STAY BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLDECEMBER 2, 2014 As similar as they are, “If I Stay” and “The Fault In Our Stars” are worlds apart. Of course, they are both based on widely popular young adult novels, star two up-and-coming young actresses, and contain some life and death subject matter, but upon a closer look, one of these films rises above the other. “If … Read More Quick Review: If I Stay (2014)

Quick Review: The Wind Rises (2013)

THE WIND RISES BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELLNOVEMBER 30, 2014 Marked to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, “The Wind Rises” delivers an animated feast of colors beyond any of his previous films including “Spirited Away” (2002) and “Howls Moving Castle” (2005). Delving more into the human condition rather than any imaginary worlds, as most of his previous films do, this also ends up being Miyazaki’s most … Read More Quick Review: The Wind Rises (2013)