Comedy

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, by Albert W. Vogt III

There was a time when part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios was dedicated to a little film called Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).  In fact, the park opened the same year as the movie, originally as Disney’s MGM Studios.  In case you are wondering, MGM stands for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer.  At any rate, one of the early attractions at the… Read more “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, by Albert W. Vogt III

You can make quite the list of people who have played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Everyone from Basil Rathbone (ever hear of him?) to Will Ferrell, there have been well known comedians and child actors of both sexes who have filled the part.  The two best ones of late have been Benedict Cumberbatch… Read more “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Albert W. Vogt III

What is to follow is yours truly attempting to describe the impossible.  The first thing to say about this particular brand of impossible is that it is called Everything Everywhere All at Once.  If you read that title as a sentence, this too is impossible, unless you are God.  This will factor into the review later, so keep this… Read more “Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, by Albert W. Vogt III

In my review of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), I discussed how I had no intention of seeing it. Basically, I saw it on Disney+, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “meh,” whatever.  And aside from my annoyance with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), it is a thoroughly “whatever” movie.  Perhaps there is some jadedness on my part,… Read more “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, by Albert W. Vogt III

I had no desire to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).  The original Night at the Museum (2006), was fine.  Set at the American Museum of Natural History, it had some fun with the various collections of old stuff stored at the museum.  You know the kinds of things of which I speak, right?  Items that are interesting usually… Read more “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, by Albert W. Vogt III

There are the good sequels, and there are the bad sequels.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is in the latter of those categories.  This was a disappointment to me because I felt like they had fun with the first installment in the franchise.  All the subsequent attempts have paled in comparison, to put it mildly.  I knew I was in… Read more “Kingsman: The Golden Circle, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Kingsman: The Secret Service, by Albert W. Vogt III

When I first saw Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), it was my introduction to star Taron Egerton.  Given the material and tone of the film, I assumed he would go on to be an action star.  Many of his films since have been of that variety, including the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), and the hilariously bad Robin Hood (2018).  I would not… Read more “Kingsman: The Secret Service, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Happy Death Day, by Albert W. Vogt III

Usually, fewer genres of films get me uninterested faster than slasher films.  I do not understand their popularity, and my problems have been documented in my reviews of the Scream franchise.  I do get the excitement of facing life-or-death situations.  Actions movies are replete with scenarios that viewers imagine themselves in, wondering how they would handle it.  When it comes to… Read more “Happy Death Day, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, by Albert W. Vogt III

What do you get when you are watching your adolescent nieces and you tell them to pick the movie for the evening?  You get Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).  You.  Get. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  Actually, I realized something while writing the title for this movie: it can also be read as a sentence.  It is not much, but it is… Read more “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Dog, by Albert W. Vogt III

When Cameron told me he wanted to review Uncharted this past weekend, I initially thought I was getting the short end of the stick.  The only other movie I knew of that was premiering was Dog.  My experience with movies with animals and humans as co-stars is limited, and not good.  Usually, they have a wacky premise with predictable, slapstick jokes.  I… Read more “Dog, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Shaun of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III

Before there was The Walking Dead (2010-present), or even a Zombieland (2009), there was Shaun of the Dead (2004).  It premiered in an era when zombie films and television shows still took the notion of reanimated corpses seriously.  I cannot think of any other examples before 2004 with a light-hearted take on the sub-genre.  Given the success of Shaun of the Dead, one can make… Read more “Shaun of the Dead, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III

With my birthday last weekend conveniently falling on a Friday, I thought it would be nice if I shared on The Legionnaire’s various social media platforms my top three movies.  Hence, the day of my birthday I shared Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980); my second favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), on Saturday; and on… Read more “The World’s End, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Albert W. Vogt III

If you have been following along with these reviews of Wes Anderson films, you will note a few repeated themes.  For this Catholic, the most troubling of these is when there are brief shots of sexual acts.  He creates these beautiful scenes with pleasing color palettes, innovative camera placements and movements, and the positioning of characters in… Read more “Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, by Albert W. Vogt III

When I was studying for my Master’s degree in Florida Studies (yes, there is such a thing), I took a course on Florida Rivers.  Again, totally real.  It happened.  I even have a book to prove it.  It was a yearlong, intensive study of the winding bodies of water that are the beating heart of the Sunshine State.  For the… Read more “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Royal Tenenbaums, by Albert W. Vogt III

Since watching The French Dispatch (2021), I have given myself the side quest of viewing every Wes Anderson film.  Most of his recent work I have already seen.  This means going back to the beginning.  In the case of The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), it is almost the beginning.  I have vague recollections of seeing previews for it in the theaters long ago and… Read more “The Royal Tenenbaums, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The French Dispatch, by Albert W. Vogt III

When Cameron and I did our 2021 year in review video, one of the movies mentioned was The French Dispatch (2021). This triggered a slight rabbit hole discussion of other films directed by Wes Anderson, some of which I enjoy quite a lot like Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).  In some respects, if you have seen one Wes Anderson… Read more “The French Dispatch, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Cool Runnings, by Albert W. Vogt III

There are some films that, frankly, I do not understand how they have such large followings.  Cool Runnings (1993) is in that strange cinematic category.  It is not that it is undeserving of a fandom.  It is a great story that well combines comedic and dramatic elements.  More specifically, it is an underdog tale, and people love their underdogs.  It is… Read more “Cool Runnings, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Ocean’s Eleven, by Albert W. Vogt III

Unwittingly, I seem to make controversial statements when it comes to films.  For instance, I like all the installments in the Ocean’s franchise.  Many look at the first, Ocean’s Eleven (2001), as the best, and dismiss the rest as pale imitations thereof.  For me, there is enough of a difference between them all for them each to stand on their own.  Granted, it… Read more “Ocean’s Eleven, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Love Hard, by Albert W. Vogt III

In my quest to watch as many Christmas movies as possible in this eponymous season, I seem to be running out of the big ones.  Let me check: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), done; Miracle on 34th Street (1947), yes; A Christmas Story (1983), uh-huh; The Santa Clause (1994), ho-ho-ho; Elf (2003), you betcha.  There are others, of course, but this a good representation of some of… Read more “Love Hard, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, by Albert W. Vogt III

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) seems to defy many conventions.  Sequels are always tricky.  If a film enjoys even the most modest of success, its fans start clamoring for a follow-up.  For all the uproar, these usually fail to satisfy, and there are a couple reasons why this happens.  First, oftentimes part two is compared, for better… Read more “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Snatch, by Albert W. Vogt III

There was a time when the director of Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchie, was known for gritty, semi-comedic crime films. Today’s film is one of them.  However, it and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which also launched Jason Statham’s career, at some point transcended their cult classic status.  What that meant for Guy Ritchie is that he entered the pantheon of… Read more “Snatch, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, by Albert W. Vogt III

How does one explain Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)?  It is a bona fide film, with a big-time production studio, release, and everything else you would expect from Hollywood.  Such a description alone, though, would be quite misleading.  The movie is based on a television show of the same name (before the colon) that began in the late… Read more “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Black Dynamite, by Albert W. Vogt III

Full disclosure up front: I do not recommend Black Dynamite (2009).  For starters, unless you are familiar with the 1970s so-called “blacksploitation” films it spoofs, you might be a bit lost.  Related to that, it relies heavily on you understanding the racial stereotypes it underscores to make its point.  If you watch this without a working knowledge of these things,… Read more “Black Dynamite, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Robin Hood: Men in Tights, by Albert W. Vogt III

Thank God for Mel Brooks.  Still, one might wonder why there would be a need to spoof Robin Hood movies.  Was it because shortly before the 1993 release of Robin Hood: Men in Tights, there had been two films released about the subject?  Then again, did anyone (save for myself, unfortunately, though only recently) see the British version?  I am… Read more “Robin Hood: Men in Tights, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Red Notice, by Albert W. Vogt III

After a strong run of theatrical releases since the summer ended, this past weekend presented a surprising lull.  It was something I somewhat anticipated a week previously when I noticed that Ghostbusters: Afterlife and King Richard were coming out on the same weekend, that being the next one.  My surprise came when I looked over the offerings this past weekend and… Read more “Red Notice, by Albert W. Vogt III”

National Lampoon’s Animal House, by Albert W. Vogt III

What I am about to do is put several disclaimers in front of this review of National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). First, though I have seen it before, it was suggested by a friend.  Secondly, I am partial to movies starring John Belushi.  My favorite is, of course, The Blues Brothers (1980), a film I put on whenever I am feeling heartsick… Read more “National Lampoon’s Animal House, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Princess Bride, by Albert W. Vogt III

There is an inordinate amount of people who love The Princess Bride (1987).  Most people I know enjoy it.  It has been referenced in a number of other shows and movies.  My favorite sitcom of all time, Parks and Recreation, has an episode where Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) dress for Halloween as The Princess Bride’s couple, respectively… Read more “The Princess Bride, by Albert W. Vogt III”