Media Review

They Cloned Tyrone, 2023 - ★★★★

Movie poster of They Cloned Tyrone.

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while. I feel that John Boyega was wasted in the Star Wars sequels and this shows a little more of what he can do. 

This film has a lot going for it and highly recommend it!

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Werewolves Within, 2021 - ★★★½

Movie poster of Werewolves Within

It’s just what you are expecting and executed wonderfully. I had spoiled the ending but just watching the plot unfold was really satisfying. 

Lots of actors that I’ve seen around in other media.

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Flamin' Hot, 2023 - ★★★

Movie poster for Flamin' hot

If you are looking for a film that will make you happy and hopeful, then this is it. A true underdog story that highlights the human spirit. It doesn’t get very dark into what could have happened. 

I really enjoyed this film and it was great to see people and relationships become a success.

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The Little Mermaid, 2023 - ★★★

Movie poster of The Little Mermaid.

People on the internet are mean. This is a decent adaptation of the children’s tale about the little mermaid. 

I thought it was pretty decent fairly true to what I remember from watching it repeatedly with my oldest daughter. 

Sure, they make some changes such as removing the “Les Poissons” segment, but I don’t think anyone really wants to see the live action version of fish getting cut up. A little too real for some.

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Three Thousand Years of Longing, 2022 - ★★★

Movie poster for Three Thousand Years of Longing with Idris Alba and Tilda Swidon.

I remember watching a short tv series based off of the Arabian nights tales. In it, a woman would tell a story to a sultan every night to keep him entertained or she would be killed. 

This is not as morbid, but the structure of having someone tell their story and having it played out by different actors is great to see. 

I especially liked the cinematography at the beginning of the film as they move from one angle to the next. It somewhat sets you off balance as you move into the main portion of the story. I just wished it tied into the main plot of the story more. 

Another aspect I enjoyed about the film is the way that it treats nudity. It’s in there, trust me you’ll see it. But it’s there as a backdrop and sometimes even as a plot point. 

Certain parts of the movie are in Ottoman Turkish without subtitles but I like to think of it as a nod how something’s are universal. The main characters do a great job of explaining whatever nuisance I missed. 

All in all, I am happy I saw it and think of it as kind of a breather from the other media I consume.

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Dredd, 2012 - ★★★

Movie poster of Dredd staring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.

I remember being pleasantly surprised by this movie. It did some interesting stuff with slow motion.

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Ghosted, 2023 - ★★

Movie poster of ghosted with Ana de Armas on top of Chris Evans starring at the viewer.

Ok, I’m going to start off by stating it plainly, Chris Evans plays a bad boyfriend. 


I really enjoyed the change in gender roles for an action movie, but it really reminds me of what is wrong with the “formula” that Hollywood had used for years. Think about Jaime Lee Curtis in True Lies. 

Still, it was enjoyable and would recommend it to those looking for a little mindless fun.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, 2023 - ★★★★

Movie poster of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse with character Miles Morales upside down.

I enjoyed this movie but I found myself not fully invested in the characters during some points of the film. There are a tooooon of Easter eggs for those who like Spider-Man so keep your eyes peeled as they move from point to point in the story.

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A quick review of Willow (Episode 1 & 2)

Warwick Davis reprising role as Willow

Short review

It’s alright, but I hope that it gets better over time.

Longer review

Let me say this first, before I get into it more. I loved the Original Willow movie when I was kid. It came out in 1988 and must have been 8 when I saw it on VHS. I even remember reading the first two books in of a series that came out in 1995.

I don’t want this just to be good.

I want it to be great.

That said, it’s been… a while since I’ve seen was that age. And although I still love the movie and force my family to watch it recently, I have an understanding that this is Disney rebooting a franchise. I am not going to capture that same feeling as when I first saw it.

I’m fine with that, and I’m not screaming to the internet that they ruined my childhood or anything silly like that.

I am grateful that they think it’s worth going back to it.

And to be honest, the original had some problems as well.

But where does that leave us with this show?


I like it… but it’s got some real flaws that I know that are really going to turn some people off.

First of all, the 54 minute pilot has a big job of introducing our 5 principle characters and getting the audience up to speed.

Most of the main characters in the show on an epic forest set.

At this point in the story, I don’t honestly care too much for a few of them as they haven’t shown enough of why I should care for them apart from they are our protagonists. I feel a couple of them are just saying the lines of sometimes rushed dialog to help us move the plot along and act as exposition. I’m going to hold out hope that they were directed to behave in the way, and that we’ll get a chance to see what they can do with the characters later. Similar to how Chris Hemsworth was able to take Thor from being a stick in the mud to one of my favorite characters in the MCU.

I believe that thing that will keep me watching will be Warwick Davis (Willow), Tony Revolori (Prince Graydon), and Amar Chadha-Patel (Boorman). After the second episode (which is better than the first), I found myself missing them when they weren’t on-screen. Although, Warwick does have some cringeworthy moments, I really get a feeling that he wants this to work and that really shines through. He is the same Willow from the movie, and that what I love.

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A quick review of Wakanda Forever

Super short review:

I liked it.

Longer short review:

I really, really wish that I had more sleep before and after watching the movie. This movie does a lot of things that we don’t really see in a “super hero movie”. You get a feeling that the people making it were really trying to convey what it means to really lose someone. That in itself can be the entirety of a movie.


This movie has a lot more that it wants to do and it’s ultimately the part that some might have a problem with.

It’s 3 hours and my family had just finished a day at amusement park after spending 6 hours on the road1. They fell asleep but I’d go back and watch it all over again.

  1. They were sleeping on the drive there. ↩︎

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