Everything Everywhere All at Once

Laundry and taxes. Hotdog fingers and Raccacoonie. Googly third eyes and sex toy fueled kung fu fights. The truest everything bagel there ever was.

Well that was a delightfully weird movie.

If anything at all of that sounds interesting (especially the weird part) and you haven’t seen this movie yet, go see it. Don’t spoil it. I’ll wait.

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The Land Before Time

I’ve never actually watched any of the Land Before Time movie. They just didn’t really come up in our childhood. On watching them now with my own children–I see why they exist and why some children would get absolutely stuck on them.

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Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Cinematic Universe #29) (MCU Phase 4 #6)

Thor was probably the most underwhelming of Phase 1, Thor: The Dark World tried to go more fantasy and was mostly forgettable, and Thor: Ragnarok was a blast. Getting better all the time, so … what about Thor: Love and Thunder?

Good question. There’s a lot to love about the movie: Hemsworth’s sense of humor, Portman back and then some, Thompson’s awesome and slightly awkward Valkyrie. And of course Bale plays a solidly terrifying baddy in Gorr.

On the other hand, there is a lot of movie to get through here, probably more than a bit too much. A cancer plot, succession jealousy, a threat spanning across the Galaxy (or at least the gods thereof)–heck, the idea that gods are just a thing now, Thor unpacking even more trauma. It’s a lot to put into a single movie and it doesn’t quite work. It’s still a solid enough flick, but not nearly up to what Ragnarok did.

Still, pretty impressive for the first 4th solo outing in the MCU. Because that’s a thing we can say now.

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Always interesting when a series decides to go back and do a prequel. For this though, given that we’re specifically dealing with centuries old immortals (especially ones killed in the previous films, thus not exactly available for any more sequels), there’s certainly room for it.

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Eternals (Marvel Cinematic Universe #26) (MCU Phase 4 #3)

That’s a fascinating movie. Ancient aliens sent to Earth thousands of years ago to protect1 humanity… but only from very specific threats. Loki and the Chitauri? Nah. Hydra? Nope. Thanos? Of course not. A whole cast of superheroes2 and we’ve never seen them before3–and I doubt that any of the should-be-worldwide-news events in this film will make it into any of the others. If you ignore all that though, it’s an interesting enough idea, especially once you start digging into the greater cosmic plot.

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Underworld: Evolution

Quite an interesting contrast compared to the first Underworld. Where the first was a straight forward vampire/werewolf urban fantasy action flick, Evolution tries to be more. We get deeper worldbuilding, more backstory–especially for Selene–and more hints that the entire world is changing. It works… well enough?

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Underworld

Modern Day. Vampires versus Werewolves. That’s basically Underworld in a nutshell.

Luckily, it does it very well.

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The Matrix Revolutions (The Matrix #3)

Oh the Matrix Revolutions. In a nutshell, it’s The Matrix Reloaded: Part 2. We cut in right as that one ended, with Neo out for the count, robots descending on Zion, and Smith doing… whatever Smith is doing. I particularly appreciate the idea of humans, programs, and machines perhaps finding common ground (which The Matrix Resurrections really got into).

Neo: I just have never…

Rama-Kandra: …heard a program speak of love?

Neo: It’s a… human emotion.

Rama-Kandra: No, it is a word. What matters is the connection the word implies. I see that you are in love. Can you tell me what you would give to hold on to that connection?

Neo: Anything.

Rama-Kandra: Then perhaps the reason you’re here is not so different from the reason I’m here.

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