Earth In A Bottle

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the first Biosphere 2 crew entering their enclosure. It's also the twenty-eighth anniversary of the crew's exit from their enclosure. It's not often talked about today, but it's a fascinating story, and while I don't agree with all the motivations for the project, lately I've been reading and rereading … Continue reading Earth In A Bottle

Never Fear, Miss Meadows Is Here

Antiheroes, of course, are nothing new, not in the slightest. We don't always know whether to root for them or against them. We also don't usually see them in fluffy dresses and tap shoes, either, like the title character in 2014's Miss Meadows.  The movie lays out everything right at the get-go. We see Miss … Continue reading Never Fear, Miss Meadows Is Here

The Toppermost of the Poppermost

Those of you who have read my Origins posts probably saw that I did a bit about the 2019 film, Yesterday. Since then, I've not only seen it in the theater, but when I was in South Dakota I bought it on Blu-ray at Target. I thought it would be one of those movies I'd let … Continue reading The Toppermost of the Poppermost

Can’t Unsee This

Day Three. Oh boy. We've gone from Bad to Really Bad to Makes Birdemic Look Like Citizen Kane. I'm talking about the pungently trashy Killer Piñata. Gee, wonder what the plot of this little 2015 film is gonna be? The first few minutes are harbingers of the hilarity to come. A shopkeeper (Joette Waters) with a hook for a … Continue reading Can’t Unsee This

The Talk of the Town

About a year ago I did an "Origins" post on Judy, and it's kinda nice that Amazon brought the movie to Prime. Were my first impressions correct? Yes and no. The movie alternates between scenes of Judy as a youngster and as an adult, up to about six months before she passed away. There's music, of course, … Continue reading The Talk of the Town

Origins: Wonder Woman 1984

I don't know about anyone else, but Wonder Woman 1984 is another movie I'm anticipating. I was also interested in delving into her history, which I've never really done before. Thing is, though, I hesitated to even post this because of studios constantly pushing back release dates during the pandemic. Or just throwing theaters under … Continue reading Origins: Wonder Woman 1984

Best. Worst. Movie. Ever.

I heard somewhere that ninety-five percent of idea submissions in Hollywood get rejected. Who knows if it's true anymore, but it's a pretty widespread saying. Naturally, there's nothing stopping hopeful filmmakers from going outside the mainstream, and this has resulted in some...er, very unique movies. Some good, others not so much. Then there's 2010's Birdemic. … Continue reading Best. Worst. Movie. Ever.

Page To Screen: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This month's "Page To Screen" was going to be The NeverEnding Story, but I made a last-minute decision to save it for later. As time would have it, over my break I saw a 2018 Netflix movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I liked it so much I bought the book it was based on … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’m Not Flying, Jack

OK, I can hear all of you thinking, "The Titanic already sank. How in the world could there be a sequel?" Well, folks, Asylum Films, the company that brought you six Sharknado movies, has done it, sorta, in a straight-to-video 2010 flinch-fest, Titanic II. How these Asylum people are still able to obtain financial backing is a mystery, but … Continue reading I’m Not Flying, Jack

Origins: The Rise of Skywalker

Ugh, I hesitate to even write about the newest Star Wars movie, but here I am, and I'm feeling a little annoyed. Disney and Lucasfilm haven't exactly ingratiated themselves to the fans since The Last Jedi, and I'm not at all happy that Disney bought Twentieth-Century Fox, because Disney's dogged committment to artificial scarcity stinks. They might be … Continue reading Origins: The Rise of Skywalker

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Netflix

Ah, Netflix, where the motto has become, "Let there be original content. Oodles and oodles of original content." Every genre is fair game, every level of production is worthy, every potential heartstrings-tugging saga might mean more views. Basically anyone with a camera, a little bit of production experience, and the right connections can get greenlighted … Continue reading It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Netflix

Origins: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

When Mister Rogers' name comes up, people invariably smile. So do I. Fred Rogers was an unfailingly pleasant part of many Americans' childhoods. It was a comforting thing to see him come through the door, go to the closet, change his coat for a cardigan and leather street shoes for sneakers, all the while singing, … Continue reading Origins: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

Origins: Midway

When I heard there was going to be a movie about Midway, I thought, "Cool!" It's not a topic that's been delved into much in Hollywood, probably because it wasn't as high-profile as Pearl Harbor or Iwo Jima, although it was extremely important to the Pacific theater. My dad's stepdad was at Midway--he was a … Continue reading Origins: Midway

Origins: Harriet

Here's something completely different: A Harriet Tubman movie. I don't know why this woman hasn't been featured in films sooner and more often. Her story has it all--intrigue, espionage, and stealth, with a whole lot of moxie. So yeah, it's about time. Harriet Tubman wasn't the only slave who successfully ran to freedom, and she … Continue reading Origins: Harriet

Be God’s

On September 20, 1997, I was at home reading my e-mail and saw Danl Blackwood's name pop up. My mouse cursor jumped to open it. I was on Danl's Rich Mullins mailing list, where he kept fans up to date on Rich news, interviews, concert schedules, and so on. Danl always had something fun for … Continue reading Be God’s