First – Our Review Criteria

Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.

— Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

We – Todd & Kara – use Letterboxd (TJSNK = the initials of each member’s name in our family) to keep track of the movies watched and provide short reviews with ratings. Star ratings are assigned based how entertaining the movies are: with anything 3-star and above being RECOMMENDED.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Love it, Must See
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – Amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Great
⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – Good
⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Entertaining
⭐️⭐️½ – OK
⭐️⭐️ – Mediocre
⭐️½ – Bad
⭐️ – Terrible
½ – Unwatchable .

Weekly Schedule – average 3 posts per day
Monday-Sunday – Streaming reviews, news and movie discussion
Wednesday – All wide opening films in theaters are profiled (example)
Thurs-Sunday – Opening films are watched, rated and reviewed (text reviews posted to Letterboxd and video reviews to YouTube channel)
Sunday – no later than Sunday night, NOW PLAYING reviews (example)

Todd Russell is the author of all reviews and watches all movies. Some movies are reviewed with another TJSNK family member.

These are our (mostly his) opinion only and don’t expect everybody else on the internet to agree (or disagree), but love to discuss more about movies and TV.

Todd started this blog to explore from a fan’s perspective the theater-watching experience, movies, movie lists and other features that Letterboxd doesn’t (yet?) make available (why can’t we blog through there?). Also to explore the Regal Unlimited Plan (member since August 2019), streaming video channels and TV without cable. Subscribe below to get notified when new posts are made.

Wonder Woman being Promoted as Film for Both Sexes Equals True Empowerment

CCXP Live Stream featured Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot

A simple formula for filmmakers:

  1. Make great movies
  2. Promote with wide inclusion — for everybody — instead of exclusion

= SUCCESS

#1 cannot be understated: make great movies, make great movies, make great movies. I wish every filmmaker, regardless of sex, understood this. If your movie is great a lot of other sins can be overlooked. The cream rises…

By converse, focusing on #2 first and being exclusionary — promoting to a specific segment of the market — leads to, at best, niche results. Focusing more/primarily on agendas and messages instead of making a great movie you hope every moviegoer will love is a recipe for FAILURE. Plenty of evidence of this around, recently in fact.

Can you tell I’m just loving the Wonder Woman 1984 promotion so far? Yes!

Is it time to start promoting Wonder Woman 3 and a spinoff on the Amazonians? Sure, why not.

“We actually already know the whole story to [Wonder Woman 3] and then some because there is an Amazon [spin-off] movie, as well, and so we already have it all mapped out,” Jenkins told reporters from multiple media outlets, including Collider and Deadline. “It’s just a matter of will we change our minds and when.”

Wonder Woman 3, Amazons spinoff mapped out, director Patty Jenkins says | EW.com

I’m totally stoked to see Wonder Woman 1984 [FIRST LOOK]. It’s a 10/10 for anticipation, the film I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2020 right now. Yes, more than James Bond 25: No Time To Die [FIRST LOOK], Fantasy Island [FIRST LOOK], Coming 2 America and the half dozen or so other appealing titles coming in 2020.

Isn’t this what the women empowerment camp wants? Men being excited about films about/by women? We are!

It’s making me more excited about all DC movies including Harley Quinn inBirds of Prey, which emitted lukewarm interest in before Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  and the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer.

Other Films Directed By Women

Yesterday, coincidentally it seemed, I came across a handy list on the cool-titled Assholes Watching Blog of female-directed movies:

Hint: this should be turned into a clonable Letterboxd list (or has somebody done that already? Link please in comments, if/when so.). Here is an example of $1 billion dollar movies in a list that can be cloned and shared. This way others can quickly and easily share and compare what movies they’ve already seen and which movies they need to add to their respective watchlists.

Fortunately, another Letterboxd user named Vanessa has already made a list of all films directed by women (including co-directors and transgender). It’s a massive list of 5,550 films of which I’ve reviewed an abysmal total of 15 😦 I’m sure I’ve actually watched many more, just have to get them added at some point. So far, everything on Letterboxed has been rewatched or watched for the first time since August 12, 2019, so my list of movies shown as watches is very incomplete.

Vanessa also offers a smaller list of 170 movies for those overwhelmed by the mega list and has made a bunch of other women in film lists worth perusal.

Now, let’s get back to the topic of better marketing films created by women. I think marketing by men or women to only one or the other is a huge mistake and covered that in greater detail with comparisons in: How To Better Promote Your Next Films, Tim Miller and Elizabeth Banks.

Charlie’s Angels (2019) Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

Unlike Charlie’s Angels ⭐️½, Wonder Woman 1984 is the marketing template for how movies should be promoted involving strong women. As a man, I don’t feel left out or alienated. I’m inspired and encouraged to go see a kick ass movie about women kicking ass. I hope the film does even more sales than Joker. We’ll find out in June 2020

The first trailer is great and surely the inevitable second trailer that comes closer to June 2020 will fill in more plot details (hopefully not too many, though, I don’t care for trailers that tell me too much about the movie).

Gal Gadot is not only gorgeous, she’s intelligent and smart and everything about her in this trailer and her interviews just increases and amplifies my interest in the film.

Excellent ET interview with Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins

Who wouldn’t like her to wrap you in the golden lasso and force you to tell the truth? Or ride in the invisible airplane? (looks like Steve Trevor and her are doing just that in the trailer). She’s a truly dominant woman that doesn’t make men — at least this man, anyway – feel it’s all being done unrealistically and/or as part of some agenda or cause. Wonder Woman is a real character to me being real in a story.

Charlie’s Angels (2019), by contrast, were three – four if you count Banks as one of many Bosleys — fakes. They were doing a bunch of fake crap, looking good doing it sure, but not divesting the viewer (at least this male reviewer anyway) in real roles. I believed the original TV series Charlie’s Angels far more than the 2019 Charlie’s Angels. Heck, give us Barrymore, Liu and Diaz in the 2000ish first reboot for more female character realism. At least we knew they were playing on the original characters. In Banks’ update the soul of the original TV series was lost. Add to that all the SJW and unnecessary woke marketing nonsense and it just put a real bad taste in my mouth before watching one second of the film.

Box office returns would indicate that this opinion was shared by others.

A similar thing has happened with The Incredible Hulk reboots. By taking out the human being — the great Lou Ferrigno – and making Hulk all CGI the soul of the character was gone. Also, pretty tough for anybody, even Edward Norton, to match Bill Bixby’s portrayal as the tortured Dr. David Banner, but that’s a whole other enchilada.

Summary

Wonder Woman 1984 is being marketed with the soul of the original comic book character and the awesome screen adaptation by Lynda Carter respected. Everybody will get on board for this marketing plan.

Kudos to everybody responsible for marketing Wonder Woman, from director Patty Jenkins to Gal Gadot and every other other person on the team — women and men.

I sincerely hope more films featuring women are marketed similarly.

11 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2020

Coming to theaters in January 2020 – there are some films shown above not below and vice versa

The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in January 2020. If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is updated throughout the year).

The list below does not include independent films and/or streaming original films from Netflix and Amazon. I would like to keep track of those as well, but trying to target specifically wide theater releases (or what appear to be wide releases) so most readers can see these films worldwide in a major chain theater (hopefully) near your home. New streaming films being released will be handled separately based on the service, most likely, as already doing for Shudder.

SIDENOTE: I have nothing against small, independent theaters (we have a good one called The Grand Cinema close by), but am trying to focus on the films I have the greatest likelihood to see, review and rate each month. Obviously, with release schedules that change based on location, sharing any kind of coming soon movie list is not an exact science. Any errors and/or omissions are mine.

Movie release dates are subject to change by the studios, so it’s possible within the next 45 days or so one or more of the movies profiled below will have its release date moved.

As of this posting, there are 11 movies scheduled, presented in order of scheduled opening date below. 10 of the 11 have trailers, so I’ve added my anticipation (10 = most excited as possible to see, 0 = not interested at all). Can’t promise I’ll do this every month, but am going to try and do so, probably posted sometime around the middle of each month for the next month.

This is a reference for FIRST LOOK and PREVIEW posts. I try and FIRST LOOK and/or PREVIEW films that either we’re personally most interested in seeing and/or have very popular interest by others.

January 2020 Movies

The Grudge

The Grudge (2020) official trailer – opens January 3, 2020

This one looks like it might be scary. I’ve never seen any of the original Grudge movies and not sure I’ll be doing so before this comes out in a few weeks. I look more forward to seeing truly scary horror films over horror-comedy films and this looks like the former.

Anticipation for The Grudge: 6/10

Like A Boss

Like A Boss official trailer – opens in theaters January 10, 2020

Have seen this trailer as preview in the theater more than any other in this list of January 2020 movie releases. I’m sort of luke warm to cool on what’s happening here. I don’t find anything Tiffany Haddish has starred in as funny. Her voice is grating on me. The plot seems not very interesting to me either, what little we know from the trailer. The trailer didn’t even make me smile, although admittedly some have laughed at the goat milk spit out scene.

Anticipation for Like A Boss: 3/10

Underwater

Underwater Official Trailer – opens in theater January 10, 2020

Got to wipe away Kirsten Stewart from my mind in Charlie’s Angels and any movie deep on the bottom of the ocean is off to a good start. We don’t know what is living down there and while this has been explored in several other stories, it’s an interesting and often scary place. All that pressure under miles of water. Yes, I’m interested.

Anticipation for Underwater: 6/10

The Informer

The Informer official trailer – opens in theaters January 10, 2020

Seems like standard fare thriller from the trailer. Nothing stands out as super creative or amazingly fresh to me. Could be how the trailer is cut. Not that excited by this trailer.

Anticipation for The Informer: 2/10

Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life official trailer #1
Bad Boys for Life official trailer #2 – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as buddy cops for this third entry in the franchise. I found the first two to be funny in parts. They have good chemistry together, but aren’t as fun as say Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. Haven’t been many buddy cop trilogies that I was clamoring to see the third one. Martin Lawrence is my favorite of the two by far in this comedy team. I just don’t find Will Smith that special. Yes, he has been in some good films.

Anticipation for Bad Boys for Life: 3/10

Dolittle FIRST LOOK

Doolittle official trailer – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

The trailer barely grabs my interest, except for the fact that Robert Downey, Jr is starring. Not sure about his accent, kinda reminds me a bit of the one he used in Tropic Thunder (!). He makes just about every film he is in better. I’m worried about this being a terrible and unnecessary reboot movie about a man who talks to animals. Have seen the story told several times before and Downey Jr. isn’t a comedian, so not sure if his potentially(?) serious/ironic take on Doctor Doolittle will be exciting. Very apprehensive about this one, but, again, interested because of the main star. I heard he was paid $20 million for top bill in this one. Will see next month if it was worth it. Worried.

Anticipation for Doolittle:: 3/10

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

Like the mystery/detective vibe, but wonder if it’s more thriller? Not feeling super compelled toward this one as a thriller, but more interested in a mystery. Can’t decide based on trailer which it is. Do like Matthew McConaughey, so that bumps up curiosity a little.

Anticipation for The Gentlemen: 3/10

The Turning

The Turning official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

January 2020 will be the first time I’ve ever paid that attention to everything being released. Already noticing that there are more horror movies being released than other types of movies. January could be an October-like month for me as I like horror movies. As for this one? Has a V.C Andrews groove to it. What’s with the children? Yeah, sign me up for this one!

Anticipation for The Turning: 5/10

Nowhere (trailer yet) to Run?

Run is a thriller starring Sarah Paulson and is scheduled to open in theaters January 24, 2020. No official trailer has been released by Lionsgate as of this writing.

The mystery around an intentional lack of marketing — or inferior/incompetent marketing, whichever it is — is increasing my intrigue. Seems like a trailer is pretty important for a movie that released in like 45 days. I mean, yesterday we got the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer and that isn’t out for another six plus months!

Can’t give any anticipation based on the trailer without one.

Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel official teaser trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Oooo another spooky one! Seems odd to title it backwards (do the kids eat the adults in this one? Now that sort of reverse cannibalism would make heads turn). If it’s pure horror and not comedy horror than it gets at least a 4 from me. Fairy tales can be cool, especially the grim variety. Will pump it up one more for that. Hoping it’s not too cliched, but fearing that almost as much as the potential subject matter.

Anticipation for Gretel and Hansel: 5/10

The Rhythm SectionFIRST LOOK

The Rhythm Section official trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Read the FIRST LOOK that is linked above to see my detailed comments on this one. Of all 12 films being released in January 2020, I’m most looking forward to seeing this one.

Anticipation for The Rhythm Section: 7/10

Ranking the January 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)

Keep in mind that my anticipation for a film can change daily, even hourly, based on new information that I read about the film or see in a video. Therefore, the anticipation is merely a number I’m applying to my feelings today, right now, and it is very subject to change. In the next post, tweet, video or an hour from now. Only here for comparison purposes as I do this with the Opening Week posts. Those numbers are within a couple days of seeing the movies.

  1. The Rhythm Section – 7 / 10
  2. Underwater – 6 / 10
  3. Gretel & Hansel – 5 / 10
  4. The Turning – 5 / 10
  5. Doolittle – 3 / 10
  6. The Gentlemen – 3 / 10
  7. The Grudge – 3 / 10
  8. Like A Boss – 3 / 10
  9. Bad Boys for Life – 3 / 10
  10. The Informer – 2 / 10
  11. Run – No Rating (no trailer released yet)

What movies in January 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?

Movie Theaters with King-sized Reclining Seats

Regal Cinemas theater king-sized recliner seats provide spacing and luxury

Have you watched a movie sitting in a recliner seat? These are our favorite seats. Super comfortable, padded and just putting you in the right view for enjoying the movie. No extra charge for these theaters. We have a Regal Cinemas about 20 miles away that has them.

Kick back and enjoy Regal King Size Recliners at select movie theatre locations. These luxurious recliners are cozy, comfortable and spacious, adjustable to multiple positions and include padded footrests. Regal guests can rest and relax in these movie theatre recliners, becoming further immersed in the movie while experiencing this luxury environment.

Theaters With Reclining Seats | Regal

This is our main go-to theater in the area whenever we can get there. They also show Fathom Events and movie specials, like Saturdays in the month of December they are showing $5 holiday classic movies:

Gremlins playing this Saturday, Polar Express next. Fun classic pictures for the holiday!

Have written about this before that I wished theaters would do this more often. Instead of showing dozens of screenings for the most popular movie, some less than 30 minutes apart, mix in a few classics.

Movies at home vs. in theaters

Recently, on Twitter I got into a short back and forth discussion about where is best to watch movies. I maintain that unless you have a really good (and expensive) home theater setup: huge screen, multiple comfortable seats (like these king-sized recliners) and other people to come over and watch the film with you — the experience isn’t exactly comparable. Also, the social aspect of watching movies, particularly with people you don’t know, has a certain feel to it that makes movie-watching different in the theater than at home.

Honestly, watching movies on the Oculus GO VR has more of a cinema-like feeling than watching on a TV set in a family room or bedroom.

I’m not “romanticizing” the cinema experience, as some like to deride us theatergoers. I’m saying it’s different in a good way. I like watching movies at home on our flat screen TV, too. It’s functional being able to pause movies when I have to go to the restroom and then unpause when I return (but I can go to the bathroom before the movie starts). Microwave popcorn is not as good as movie theater popcorn. The list of pros and cons for each continues.

The experiences are different but I enjoy them both almost equally. The reason I give an edge to the theater experience over watching at home is because this is the format the creators of the film intended for us to see it. I think to do art the most justice means respecting how the artists intended us to view it whether that be listening to an entire album of music vs. cherry picking the best songs or watching a film when it hits the theater.

Over the years I’ve watched far less movies in the theater for a wide variety of reasons. The biggest one has been convenience. I haven’t had as much time available in my life — or haven’t consciously made it a priority until this year 2019 — to watch as many new movies as possible in the theater.

There is also the financial issue of paying full ticket price for movies I either know very little to nothing about. Having a Regal Unlimited monthly pass takes away always having to reach for my wallet to buy a ticket. Sure, I’m doing that every month, but that’s how I’m paying for streaming channels as well.

The long and short of it: there is no wrong answer. You either like watching at home or watching in the theater or watching both. I’m in the latter camp. I go see everything new that I can at the theater. Everything that isn’t in the theaters I have to watch at home.

What do you think?

STARZ 99 cents per month for 3 months deal on Amazon Prime Video to watch Jumanji – LIMITED TIME OFFER

Deal ends 12/11/2019

Was expecting Amazon to offer more of these deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but didn’t see any offers for the premium channels during those days. They had good discounts for the smaller streaming channels including CBS but nothing for the major ones: HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Encore and STARZ.

Noticed this deal on Amazon Prime Video this morning. You can get STARZ for $0.99/month for three months until 12/11/2019. With Jumanj: The Next LevelFIRST LOOK — coming up this weekend, you may want to rewatch/watch the first two movies: Jumanji ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (free on Amazon Prime Video) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (on STARZ).

A buck a month is a steep discount (89% off!) for this solid premium add-on streaming channel over the regular price of $8.99/month. I’m not making any affiliate revenue for this post, it’s just a friendly head’s up. You can keep track of deals I’ll post like this from time to time using ‘LIMITED TIME’ search.

Just thought I’d share this deal with others that are interested and haven’t seen.

Almost nobody wants to watch Playmobil The Movie while Frozen II passes Joker Domestically

Look way, wayyyy down at the bottom to see the horrific box office sales for Playmobil: The Movie

Underwhelming is one thing, terrible is another.

Say all you want about underwhelming movies like Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️ Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½ Charlie’s Angels ⭐️½ — all are amazing cinematic gold compared to the infernal plastic hell of watching Playmobil: The Movie ½

When a movie is attached to headlines like “one of the worst movies in cinematic history” you know it’s historically bad.

Only “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure,” “Delgo” and a 10-year re-release of “Saw” had worse opening weekends.

‘Playmobil’ movie bombs at box office, hauls in less than $1 million

Does anybody like this movie?

Figured I’d search through nearly 700 movie blogs I’m reading at this time for reviews on Playmobil: The Movie to see if someone, any critic — certainly there must be at least one movie reviewer that liked this film, yes? — can shine some positive light on this film … the search begins:

  • Ben Warner: “This film is shameless in its commercialism. Don’t waste your time watching this movie. Watch a Playmobil advert on the television. You’d gain the same amount from that.”
  • From The Kidz Seat: “Playmobil wasn’t great, but it was a really fun movie. It had those classic elements of fun, action, adventure, and bravery, but it wasn’t amazing. The music was probably the thing that stood out the most, aside from the weirdness (watch the pink hay people). The songs were pretty good, but definately ‘Give the People What They Want’ was the evilest song I have ever heard… “
  • Jason’s Movie Blog: “I felt that the movie was derivatively bland, hodgepodge, weak, unfunny, and just a downright bore, with little entertainment; a sort of gimmicky premise that backfires. Thus, my recommendation for the movie is a straight up “skip it” as there’s not much reason to see this movie.”
  • *Movie Oasis: “It’s a movie for everybody, It’s entertaining and even though it isn’t doing so well at the BoxOffice it’s still a fun movie to see with your children Because it Contains no foul language or violence. So sit back, drop the remote(If you are seeing it at home), relax and enjoy with your kids. “
  • Phil the Bear’s Film Reviews: “Playmobil is absolutely fine for children under ten but that is as far as it goes. There is not much of interest for adults watching and in general it feels like the run of the mill toy advert everyone feared The Lego Movie would be.”

Found a couple nice things said about the movie and one fan (see asterisk), making the search fruitful.

FIRST LOOK: Wonder Woman 1984 – First Official Trailer Released – Livestream Notes and Reaction

Twitter live streaming Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer at the CCXP

Today’s the lucky day that we got to see the first official trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 dropping as part of CCXP 2019 in Brazil in the global twitter livestream.

There was a teaser trailer released yesterday to what our appetites:

Wonder Woman 1984 teaser trailer shared Saturday 12/7/2019 … full trailer released Sunday 12/8/2019

Before the trailer was shown, director Patty Jenkins came out on the stage and shared a little bit about the film. She wouldn’t disclose HOW Steve Trevor makes it into 1984 with Wonder Woman, but she promised that it was “not a gimmick” and was “integral to the plot.”

Then Gal Gadot came out on stage:

Congratulations to Gal Gadot, for the $10 million payday, who starred as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in DC Comics film adoption. I doubted that she would be as good as the Wonder Woman TV show, but she was great.

And while Gal Gadot may have been paid a pittance to originate the role of Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” she’ll get a heroic $10 million to don her character’s signature cuffs in “Wonder Woman 1984.” These movies turned Gadot into a major star, and she’s finally being paid accordingly.

Celebrity Salaries Revealed: Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie & More – Variety

Here it is … the first official Wonder Woman 1984 trailer:

The Wonder Woman 1984 first official trailer

Great trailer! I’m sooooo looking forward to seeing this movie. Even moreso now. This trailer does what all trailers should do. Tease us. She’s swinging around on lightning, which is badass to the extreme.

“Nothing good is born from lies,” – Wonder Woman

The scene in the trailer with Steve’s watch? I think that watch might have something to do with how/why he returns.

I’ve been hearing some stuff about time travel being involved in the new film. That might be one of the few logical ways to reunite Diana Prince and Steve, but there are others, I mean we’re talking about comic book fantasy.

Ok, here are my other than time travel ideas for Wonder Woman to reunite with her love:

  • Follows the comic book and it isn’t Steve Trevor senior, it’s really Steve’s son.
  • Wonder Woman enters a parallel timeline for 1984 where Steve is waiting.
  • Retell/reboot the end of Wonder Woman (yes, this might be lame)
  • Restart the series from 1984, ignoring what happened in the original film (this also could be controversial)

Wonder Woman 1984 opens wide in theaters June 5, 2020.

Update 12/9 – Others Commenting on the Trailer

  • Beyond The Stage: “Costumes aside, we also love the nostalgic tunes. The trailer reaches into the cultural memory of 80s music with an instrumental remix of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” The bass and moody chord progressions set the tone for a rad (yeah, we went there) setting, with scenes depicting Diana fighting in a shopping mall (an 80s hallmark); walking into a gala; reuniting with Steve Trevor, and dodging bullets in a new suit.”
  • Far from Rome: “…it is bonkers, in the best way possible.”
  • Karl Shook’s Look: ” It looks to be full of action.”
  • Latoya Fondren: “The most surprising reveal, her previous love interest, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, appears in the new trailer, showing no sign of aging.”
  • The Nerdling: “The 80’s setting is great. All of the colors seem to be turned to 11, especially on the look of Diana herself. The tease of her new suite was exciting. The mystery of Steve Trevor’s return seems like it will be an interesting plot device and not just a ham-fisted way of bringing back a popular actor.”
  • Paige’s Picks: “The two best moments of the trailer come at the end, as we see Diana using her lasso to ride a bolt of lightning, as well as the reveal of her new head-to-toe gold armor suit, complete with a helmet and wings.”
  • Shane Wilson: “…there are beautiful action set pieces, including a decade-appropriate and beautifully choreographed mall scene.”
  • Stylecaster: “Since the release of the Wonder Woman: 1984 trailer over the weekend, fans have had one question: How is Steve Trevor alive?”

What did you think of the first official trailer?

35+ More Knives Out Reviews – and Sweaters!

This movie prop would be a great place to show off your sweater …

Sweaters made me laugh this morning. Man, who would think a trending Twitter hashtag involving the movie Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and sweaters would ever be united. It’s true.

It all started a couple days ago when video essayist Patrick Willems started the #KnivesOutChallenge. This challenge wasn’t anything complicated or even silly as so many internet “challenges” are. This one was something anybody could do. Simply post a picture of yourself wearing a sweater.

The Internet Is Having A Field Day Celebrating Knives Out With… Sweaters

We can thank Captain America’s Chris Evans for looking too good in a sweater. He’s the source of this tomfoolery.

Must admit it matches the jovial atmosphere of the film.

Theaters Can Be Cold — A More Practical Purpose for Sweaters

I should start wearing a sweater more often in the theater, but not because I’m following this silly sweater meme, because it gets freaking cold with the AC pouring in inside the theater. On numerous occasions, I’ve shivered during a movie. We usually bring a blanket. I can understand a chilly theater in the searing summer months, but not in winter.

Reviews by Others

The reviews are still trickling in for Knives Out. It’s #2 at the box office behind Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Did I miss your review? Please use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I’m looking for more movie-related blogs. Yes, even those who disagree with my reviews. If one lives in a bubble of only reading those with similar tastes, great movies can be missed.

  1. All things Movies UK: “The best thing about Knives Out is just how original it is. Sure, it follows a similar beat to the well explored ‘whodunit’ genre, but the film ultimately does it in an intriguing fashion,  keeping you guessing along the way. Shot well and sporting a perfect cast, this is a film determined to sweep away the winter blues!”
  2. bad critique: “…a film about how extreme wealth emotionally cripples and corrupts people.”
  3. Cinema and silliness: “…a pastiche of a very particular genre, but it’s an incredibly slick pastiche and the entertainment value of the film comes from its willingness to be playful, as well as sincere (when it needs to be). Despite being subversive in so many ways, Knives Out still ends up confirming to some murder mystery tropes. Yet, even then, it does so with a nod and a wink. Agatha Christie would approve.”
  4. Cinema Clown: “…one of the sharpest, smartest & slickest examples of its genre that presents Rian Johnson at the top of his game, for he is aware that the viewers like playing detective when it comes to whodunnit stories, and so he devises his modern take in ways that finds new means to pull the rug off our feet, defy our expectations and surprise us every now n then.”
  5. Cinephils Amigo: “A sharp, detailed, well written and engaging murder mystery”
  6. Daniel Robinson: From Reel to Reel (5/5): ” Deliriously good fun, modern and punchy with hilarious wit and intriguing twists, it demonstrates that Rian Johnson can handle a cast and a story like very few can. Bravo Johnson, Bravo.”
  7. Drew’s Movie Reviews: “Your classic whodunit script gets a twist and you won’t want to take your eyes off of the screen. The well-written script and excellent cast make Knives Out a thrilling ride from start to finish.”
  8. Dudefood / Old Dude: “…good entertainment and value for the money. It is funny, clever and till the end interesting.”
  9. Dylan and his Blog: “…is for sure one of my favorite movies of the year! I’m a big fan of mystery movies and I’ve always liked the concept of whodunit movies, but I’ve never been able to find one that I was really into until this one. Knives Out is sure to be one of those movies that you watch more than once because you want to look for any details you might have missed, but also because it’s just a really great movie!”
  10. Fast Film Reviews: (3.5/5) “Rian Johnson is keen on undermining expectations.  He deconstructs the whodunit in a way that plays with convention.  It’s not just about who did it, but also why and how.  These tidbits are revealed in a way that feels like the script is oh-so-very pleased with itself.  It’s snarky and knowing.”
  11. Gordon’s Culture Critiques: “An attempt to update this creaky Agatha Christie genre becomes repetitive. The abrupt tone changes aren’t justified. Homages to Hitchcock and Columbo can be appreciated in small doses but not over two hours.”
  12. Jarrid Gunn: “I had an absolute blast with this movie. I found that the murder mystery and ‘whodunit’ genre complemented Johnson’s style perfectly. His use of witty dialogue and comedy was well placed in the movie, which was backed up with some fantastic performances from a great ensemble of cast members.”
  13. Joe Peden / I see a Lot of Films: “…it’s a well-executed murder mystery which pays its respects to its influences with varying levels of subtlety and with a pace and intricacy that Jonson’s pal Edgar Wright would be proud of. There’s huge fun to be had, with Easter eggs and twists abound”
  14. Katie at the Movies (4/5): “Johnson’s movie lures in the audience with its crowd-pleasing antics, but ultimately punches us in the gut with a message that he wants to make sure we all hear.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot of fun, and I think it’s the rare mystery that the audience will actually be able to gain more from in future viewings—even knowing how it ends.”
  15. Keith & The Movies (4/5): “…slaps a fresh coat of paint on the Agatha Christie murder-mystery in a way that could (and should) attract a new kind of audience. It’s a blast of a throwback film that embraces the basic tenets of the whodunit genre and then turns them on their heads.”
  16. Lucas O’Connor / The Drama King (9/10): “…great dialogue, visual style and relatable characters. Knives Out is a really funny, entertaining and enjoyable experience that shows what a great genre the whodunnit is and how much fun it can be. I would highly recommend Knives Out”
  17. Movies Unchained: “This film would not have worked had it not been for the perfect symbiosis of the many elements that made it a success – the cast, the script, the visuals and the guiding hand of a director who proves himself to be far more talented than those who dismiss him for his franchise work will account for. Perhaps one of the most unexpectedly great films of the year, Knives Out is simply not to be missed.”
  18. Mr. Movies (Grade: A-): ” walks a delicate tonal tightrope, and succeeds immensely thanks to fantastic direction, a great script filled with hilarious moments, excellent performances and technical elements, and another great score from Rian Johnson’s own cousin Nathan Johnson. You need to see Knives Out right now and take as many people as you can!”
  19. No But Listen: “Juggling genres, playing with amazing character actors, and laying on his dry sense of humour as thick as the script will allow it – this is Johnson at his best. And I can’t reccommend it enough.”
  20. notlefthandedfilmguy: “…it is definitely clever and intricately put together. Here’s the thing though; anyone that aims to take on Agatha Christie at her own game is simply not going to win. Johnson has made a really good effort but he just can’t compare to the master. The best whodunnits, and pretty much all of Christie’s work, have that wow moment.”
  21. No More Workhorse: “This is brilliantly plotted and will leave you guessing until the end. Extremely entertaining and intriguing it manages to put a classic twist on the murder mystery genre – something that I didn’t think it was possible to reinvent. Thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of the cleverest movies I’ve seen this year.”
  22. Often Off Topic: “I’ve been waiting for this movie for months. If you know me, you know I love a murder mystery, and I feel like Rian Johnson knew that and directed it just for me. I’ve only ever read one Agatha Christie novel (it was tough) but if you’re a fan this is definitely the movie for you.”
  23. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “And if all the murder mystery self reverential references aren’t enough it does have a very clever actual murder mystery at its core. Where the solution actually feels organic to the absurd situation and one that I suspect on further watches will present more clues to the outcome.”
  24. Puzzle Doctor: “There is a problem with billing the film as a whodunit. The first major plot twist changes the direction of the film completely, making it possibly into a different sort of film.”
  25. Ramblings of a Supposed Writer: “Overall Knives Out was an amazing film and a brilliantly clever mystery. “
  26. Rock at the Movies (8/10): “Whatever grudges you may have had against Johnson for The Last Jedi should be freshly bowled over because Knives Out is a smartly entertaining film that is capping of a rather great year in film. Impressive stuff.”
  27. Screen Addict Reviews (9/10): “A mystery wrapped up in truth, hidden behind lies and shrouded darkness. This was one of the best movies I have seen all year.”
  28. Seeds for Autism: “I give this film an A+. it will be one of my favorite murder mystery films along with Clue and Murder on the Orient Express”
  29. shortfilmreviews: “…a fantastic revival of a classic genre, delivered with real care, attention to detail and a sense of fun, each of the stellar cast delivers exactly the performance you want and it gave me one of my most enjoyable cinema trips of the year.”
  30. Stan the Man Reviews (5/5): “Johnson knows how to balance the humorous with the mysterious as discovering the identity of the killer is always at the forefront, even when the audience thinks they know who’s responsible. As with all good murder mysteries, you don’t know until you really, really know. And you won’t know until Rian Johnson is ready to tell you.”
  31. Stories for Coffee: “While I understand that this Whodunnit doesn’t take itself too seriously considering there are a lot of humorous moments woven into the seriousness of the story’s setting, I wasn’t compelled by the direction the story took and wish we could have seen more scenes with the supporting characters whose personalities were so loud and absurd. “
  32. The Biased Reviewer (8.5/10): “I thoroughly enjoyed this film. As to be expected, it had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. The acting was fantastic, I don’t think there was a single person miscast in their roles. It’ll definitely be added to the forever growing list of classics I’ll re-watch in the years to come.”
  33. The Practical Fanciful Pagan: “I’m not sure if there is enough there for Millennials to connect with, though one particularly mindful and well-educated associate of mine, aged twenty-seven, did enjoy the movie. In any case, I certainly did.”
  34. TK Theater Production: “…a great film that had many twists and turns that will get one guessing as it ran. Everyone did a great performance, the cinematography was really good, and it was a nice new take on the genre as a whole. This was something that one should definitely check out.”
  35. Wannabe Movie Critic (88/100): “It’s just a crap load of fun at the movies, you’ll be entertained the entire time, and it keeps you guessing the entire time, I thought I knew what was up within 10 minutes, I was so wrong. Just go see this movie so we can get more like it will ya.”
  36. We’ve Got Back Issues: “An utter hoot from start to finish (the final cracking of the case, despite basically involving people standing around and talking, is as exhilarating as any car chase) and very, VERY funny, Knives Out is just as sharp as it title implies.”

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