Author: Jamie Kingston

Reel Geek Girl Reviews Disney’s Coco

Coco Lee Unkrich/Albert Molina (co-directors), Matt Aspbury and Danielle Feinberg (cinematographers), Steve Bloom and Lee Unkrich (editors) Anthony González, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach (cast) November 21, 2017 (US) CW: Brief discussion of the man-in-a-dress trope. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the 22 minute short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” precedes the main feature, although my understanding is that the short is only running for a limited time and will not be featured with Coco for much longer. If you loved Frozen and look forward to the sequel, you’ll love this. If you ruefully know “Let It...

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Reel Geek Girl On Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming Jon Watts (dir), Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Jon Favreau, with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. July 2017 PG-13 Spider-Man: Homecoming marks the first film co-created by Sony and Marvel together to bring the character (who has thus far appeared in his own unconnected separate universe in five other films) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I saw the film in 3D, and rather than give my usual “feh, gimmicky” or “worth it,” I will go so far as to say that Spider-Man should always be viewed in 3D if not 3D IMAX. Marvel knows how...

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WarGames: The Only Winning Move Is Still Not to Play

WarGames is a late 20th century film that puts the lie to adults scoffing that teens care about nothing other than food, fooling around, and enjoying the latest pop culture fads. Surprise, surprise: teens don’t want to die in a nuclear holocaust either. Teens are as capable of empathy, love, regret, guilt and fear as any adult — and the adult tendency to forget that is a failing with equal potential for a tragic outcome. When the tragic outcome includes the deaths of everyone they know and love, teens care with passion and energy that stuns. This is still true today. You...

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Get Out (Of Your Comfort Zone)

Get Out  Jordan Peele (director/writer), Toby Oliver (cinematography) Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery, Keith Stanfield (cast) January 23, 2017 (Sundance), February 24, 2017 (United States) It is inaccurate to call Get Out a horror film. There is horror — on multiple levels, but that’s not all there is to the movie. It’s more of a horror suspense melange with so many other elements that your mental palate will be stimulated in ways you as a viewer may not have often experienced. The film is best seen for the first time unspoiled, so this review will be as close to spoiler-free as I can manage....

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Why You Should Start Watching Steven Universe NOW

Three years ago, Cartoon Network introduced a show called Steven Universe. I recall my first impression from the commercials as being—well, not impressed. “It’s another show centering another cis male white character,” I sighed to myself. “Nobody ever wants to try anything new or groundbreaking.” But then I heard the show was by a woman creator, Rebecca Sugar, and that caused me to raise my brows and rethink. When the first episode aired, I was immediately charmed by the short and pleasant theme song. Shows had been trending toward 15 second theme songs for a while but this one...

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