Comedy

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, by Albert W. Vogt III

A startling revelation came about yesterday as I wrote my review of Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015): they have announced a Hotel Transylvania 4. Oh . . . no. Here I was thinking my viewing of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) last night would finally end this particular Adam Sandler nightmare. But, no, there is… Read more “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Hotel Transylvania 2, by Albert W. Vogt III

Okay, here is the review of Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). Hotel Transylvania 2 picks up pretty much where Hotel Transylvania (2012) concluded. Dracula’s (voiced by Adam Sandler) daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is getting married to the idiot human backpacker Jonathan (Andy Samberg) who haphazardly stumbled upon the title resort in the last film. In yet… Read more “Hotel Transylvania 2, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by Albert W. Vogt III

I watched a few different movies over the weekend, none of them in the theater. Netflix seems determined to destroy the traditional movie theater format. I predict (or hope, take your pick) that this does not prove true. When (and if) all this COVID-19 business is over, I cannot imagine people will want to remain… Read more “Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by Albert W. Vogt III”

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”