Comedy

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III

My sister and I have very different tastes. She has largely abandoned her Chicago roots, while I still look on the best city in the world as home (even though I have no intention of living there again). She likes listening to whatever music is current and popular, whereas I sit here typing this review… Read more “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, by Albert W. Vogt III

You might think that having a terminal degree in history makes me stuffy. Some of my students might think that is the case. I try not to be. I learned that you cannot take things too seriously, particularly your chosen profession. One should always be professional, and I strive for that in everything that I… Read more “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, by Albert W. Vogt III

While watching the early 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy over the past few days, a series of inexplicable choices emerges. For example, why did they decide to have Casey Jones (Elias Koteas) in the first installment, not bring him back for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), only to… Read more “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, by Albert W. Vogt III

If you have not yet noticed, there is a “III” suffix at the end of my name. When I was born, my parents and grandparents had a small debate over what they were going to call me. My paternal grandfather went by “Al,” and they called my dad “Albie,” though he goes by “Al” now.… Read more “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

This movie is Borat 2. I do not care enough about it to repeat its full title in this review, or to make it a particularly long one. It is a disgusting film. Vulgarity is a word usually reserved for language, but we often forget the true meaning. Its root word, vulgar, pertains to an… Read more “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”

The Holiday, by Albert W. Vogt III

You can call me a romantic sap.  Others have done so.  When I see a romantic movie I enjoy, I tend to watch it repeatedly.  This is true for films like Sweet Home Alabama (2002) or Legally Blonde (2001).  It is not necessarily Reese Witherspoon.  Those were simply the two that came most readily to mind, and that I own.  There is something about them… Read more “The Holiday, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, by Albert W. Vogt III

Like with my review of The NeverEnding Story (1984), a little extra research turns up surprising facts about a film like The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988). The first thing I had to do was to figure out which version my sister meant for me to view of one of our childhood favorites. After… Read more “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Cheaper by the Dozen, by Albert W. Vogt III

Yesterday in my review of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) I complained about how the International Movie Database (IMDb.com) often does strange things with cast listings and inexplicably truncates character names. Today, when I went to look at Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), I noticed that every single member of the… Read more “Cheaper by the Dozen, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, by Cameron J. Czaja

To follow up my review for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004), I shall now do a review for the standalone sequel The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). Unlike the first film, I had been more aware of film criticism and went into this one ready to critique it. Part of me, however, had a good… Read more “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, by Cameron J. Czaja”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Albert W. Vogt III

If nothing else, there is a nice reminder for these troubling times printed in large, comforting letters on the back of the book-within-the-book that lends its title to this movie: DON’T PANIC. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) was one of those films based on a classic novel that I always thought of as… Read more “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Zombieland 2: Double Tap, by Albert W. Vogt III

Zombieland (2009) was a ghoulish parody of the then craze of undead movies and shows gripping the nation at that time. It starred Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Emma Stone (Wichita), and Abigail Breslin (Little Rock), with a memorable cameo from Bill Murrary playing himself. Zombieland 2: Double Tap (2019) is a ghoulish parody… Read more “Zombieland 2: Double Tap, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, by Albert W. Vogt III

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is about the title character, Dora (Isabella Moner), a socially inept teenager with deadbeat parents who seemed content to let their only child be raised by a monkey. Along the way, mom (Elena, played by Eva Longoria) and dad (Cole, played by Michael Peña) wander into the jungle… Read more “Dora and the Lost City of Gold, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Yesterday

When I go into a movie these days, it is with a notebook so that I can write down various observations along the way. Most of the time they are things that do not make sense to me that I want to put into my reviews, but usually do not make it into them. If… Read more “Yesterday”

Toy Story 4

Before I begin, let me get a disclaimer out of the way: I have not seen Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2, or Toy Story 3. Actually, you could probably name a Disney movie and I have not seen it. I do not typically go in for that sort of thing. But I have a… Read more “Toy Story 4”

Missing Link

Movies that want to take themselves seriously try not to schedule their releases when there is a competitor involved. Sometimes this involves other reasons like the need for reshoots or world events causing them to make other plans. More often, though, it is because a movie wants to maximize its profits and another big time… Read more “Missing Link”

Stan & Ollie

Last week I saw a sad movie, Glass, both in its content and its quality. Was there anything truly heroic about characters who were supposed to be superheroes? Throw in the fact that little of it made a lick of sense and I left the theater with a sour taste in my mouth, which is… Read more “Stan & Ollie”

The Upside

This week I decided on a very different movie than Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. As this blog develops, please know that I will be seeing and reviewing a wide variety of movies. I am not the biggest Kevin Hart or Brian Cranston fan. Hart typically plays his over-excited self in everything, though I did enjoy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. I never… Read more “The Upside”