Movie of the Week: Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.

It’s not actually out, yet – but Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is currently at a decent pre-order price, so I’d lock that in. Great flick, by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet. Part One of two, but that’s a thing that happens because we don’t want to make four hour movies with intermissions anymore.

Just saying, that’s all.


Movie of the Week: Gremlins.

The elder child requested GREMLINS over BLADE as part of our ongoing review of classic horror flicks. I respect his aesthetic. It’s not entirely in tune with mine, but we don’t want our children to end up carbon copies of us. There’s a lot of 80s/90s comic horror that we can go on to examine, really. BEETLEJUICE comes to mind, for example. ARMY OF DARKNESS. PLEASANTVILLE.


Movie of the Week: VIOLENT NIGHT.

The power of VIOLENT NIGHT – and what distinguishes it from many another violent/horror flick put out during Christmas – is that it really is a Christmas movie. Is it violent? Yes. Is it gory? Absolutely. In the end, will it teach a small child and her squabbling parents the true meaning of Christmas? …Huh. Actually, when you come right down to it, it kind of… does?

That was what made the movie fun, elevating it above its fellows. VIOLENT NIGHT doesn’t hate Santa Claus; it just wanted to ask the question, What if he was a battered, worn-down former baddie with a certain set of skills, and a child to protect? While still being, you know, really Santa Claus? It turns out that was a great question to ask.

Just don’t watch it in front of eight year old kids.

Movie of the Week: INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Swapping this in for the usual Book of the Week*. Why?

Oh, no reason…


*There’s like, this series of books, though.

PS: Yeah, it’s another spy balloon. Still. You want to watch INDEPENDENCE DAY now, don’t you?