An alternate history of movies since 1977

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

What if George Lucas had never made Star Wars in 1977? That’s the intriguing premise of this article by Kevin Lincoln on Polygon: What if Star Wars never happened? A few tidbits: George Lucas would have filmed Apocalypse Now, Harrison Ford wouldn’t have become an actor, Jack Nicholson would have starred in Blade Runner, and […]

Star Wars

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Here are my mini-reviews of the first 6 movies. The original trilogy Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 -> 3.5/5 (+) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 -> 4.5/5 (+) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 -> 4/5 (+) The prequel trilogy Episode I: The Phantom Menace […]

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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{4.5/5} “Everything you heard about me is true.” Solo: A Star Wars Story, released in 2018 Han Solo escapes from Corellia by falling in with some smugglers. They run into some trouble completing their job, and the boss demands that they take someone along on the next job — Qi’ra, the woman Han left behind. […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4/5} “Something here is making giant waves in the gene pool.” Annihilation, released in 2018 Lena is a professor of medicine. She thought her husband, who was in the military, was dead but he returns after a year. He behaves oddly and she eventually finds out he’s the only one who survived entering a mysterious […]

Pom Poko

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{3/5} “We raccoons are good-natured. We get excited easily. We’re too generous. That’s the source of our failures.” Pom Poko, released in 1994 When humans encroach on their territory, a group of raccoons tries to do something about it. Some of them can change their shape. Some of them want to fight the humans, while […]

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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{3/5} “Don’t go into the woods today — there’s a dreadful mist.” Mary and the Witch’s Flower, released in 2017 Mary finds a flower in the woods that gives her the powers of a witch for one day. A flying broom takes her to a secret school where witches and warlocks are taught. Initially she […]

Odd Squad: The Movie

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{3.5/5} “I love the smell of cheese in the morning.” Odd Squad: The Movie, released in 2016 No one is calling the Odd Squad any more because the Weird Team has a device that solves problems instantly. Then the Weird Team buys the Odd Squad building and they’re out of business. What are they going […]

Avengers: Infinity War

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{4.5/5} “Oh, we’re using our made-up names. Um… I’m Spider-Man, then.” Avengers: Infinity War, released in 2018 When Thanos gets all 6 Infinity Stones he’ll be able to wield unimaginable power — he’ll be able to finally achieve his goal of ridding the universe of half its beings. So that the beings who are left […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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{3.5/5} “Does ‘phone’ mean something different in the future?” Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, released in 2017 Four high school kids in detention come across a Jumanji video game. When they start to play it they’re sucked into the world of the game. They don’t look like themselves any more — they look like the […]

The Shape of Water

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{5/5} “I butter the man’s toast a lot.” The Shape of Water, released in 2017 Elisa is mute, and works with her friend Zelda cleaning at some facility. At her apartment, Elisa spends a fair about of time with her neighbour Giles, who’s an artist. Elisa discovers an amphibious creature being held captive at work […]