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By Todd Lyden
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Netflix Movie Review: Hustle
Sandles sells his beleaguered basketball scout. NBA represents well and does good job with underdog tale. Nothing earth shattering but definitely worth the time. #hustle #netflix # sandler
June 25, 2022
Disney Plus Series Review: Obiwan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor and the Mando tech make this one work. Christiansen is a welcome return and explains some SW plotholes. Excellent Legacy sequel. #obiwan #kenobi #disneyplus
June 25, 2022
Movie Review: Top Gun:Maverick
THE Legacy sequel to beat. Cruise is a craftsman. Pretty much perfection. #topgun #maverick 
May 30, 2022
Disney Plus Movie Review: Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers
Reboot? Remake? Who cares? It works. Lonely Island made a minor miracle with a Roger Rabbit spiritual and literal sequel. Catch all the cameos and references if you can.  #chipndale #disneyplus #disney #rescuerangers
May 20, 2022
Netflix Series Review: Ozark Season 4 (finale)
Bateman and Linney had me sold, but Julia Garner brought the goods. The ending is bittersweet not because it was over but because it feels incomplete. The rest is all good, but this is one that didn't stick the landing. 
May 01, 2022
Hule Movie Review: Death on the Nile
Branagh and his dutch angles catch the Christie essence. Apparently better than Murder on the Orient Express and able to watch on Hulu and Disney. Totally worth a few moments, but also as slight as it ever was with such a murder mystery. #deathonthenile #hulu
April 13, 2022
Netflix Movie Review: The Bubble
Apatow fails.  Pure and simple. This overwrought Covid movie about a Covid production dies on the vine. Some of the actors seems as interested in the concept as Covid.  #netflix #thebubble
April 13, 2022
Rewind Review: The Peanut Butter Falcon
Hard to ding a movie like this for any reason. On #Downsyndrome day a worthy movie to checkout for the breakout actor Zac Gottshagen.  Ably assisted with great direction and a terrific supporting cast. Worth a watch.  #thepeanutbutterfalcon #imdbtv 
March 22, 2022
Shudder Movie Review: Hellbender
A family has been making shoestring budget movies and they are getting good. This one shows great technical promise and the music and score are top-notch. Worth watching to be impressed. #hellbender @adams_films #adamsfilms #shudder 
March 20, 2022
Netflix Movie Review: Windfall
Segel, Pleamons, and Collins do what they can. This is an example of a covid production done wrong. Story is predictable and music is oddly inappropriate. #netflix #windfall
March 20, 2022
Netflix Series Review: Bad Vegan
While the owner Sarma is clearly trying to rehab her image, the docu-series does not shy away from the fact that she looks culpable if nothing else. Interesting look at being duped. Chris Smith is docu-director-king. #netflix #badvegan
March 19, 2022
Amazon Prime: Master
Race and horror have become somewhat synonymous since Jordan Peele. This is almost up there except for a third-act flip that doesn't assist the landing. Still great and worthy of a watch.  #masteronprime #prime #master
March 19, 2022
Amazon Prime Series Review: Upload (season 2)
Greg Daniels of King of the Hill, The Office, and Parks and Rec creates killer scifi comedy. The concepts alone are worth exploring Like a fun version of Black Mirror concept that pays off better. #amazonprime #upload #robbieamell
March 13, 2022
Movie Review: The Batman
You will believe that Pattinson can be Batman. May not be your favorite Batman movie, but this will eventually get up there. Everyone is firing on all cylinders- could use a trim on edit, but hard to complain. #thebatman
March 12, 2022
Netflix Movie Review: The Adam Project
Servicable. That's about as complimentary as you get. With the pedigree involved in making this, it could have and should be better. At least the kid nails the Ryan Reynolds impression as a child. #adamproject #netflix
March 12, 2022
Netflix Movie Review: The Weekend Away
No need for spoilers. Except to avoid this. Lifetime produces better thrillers. #netflix #theweekendaway
March 05, 2022
Hulu Movie Review: Fresh
Fantastic look at toxic masculinity and modern dating as allegory? Stan and British? Edgar-Jones really sell the "romance" in this dark tale. Not terribly gory but does stick with you in the right way #hulu #fresh #sebastianstan
March 05, 2022
Amazon Prime Series Review: The Boys Presents Diabolical
Faves are BFFS by Awkafina and John and Sun-Hee by Andy Samberg. Even for non-fans of the show, good animation make anthology work. #diabolical #amazonprime
March 05, 2022
Movie Review: Studio 666
Wish I could recommend. Like recent albums, there are good bits, but have to suffer to get them . #studio666 #foofighter
March 04, 2022
Hulu Plus Movie Review: No Exit
Three distinct tonal changes make this actiony thriller with a horror twist a tough sell. Execution is mixed bag but Beltrami score helps. Worth putting on in the background. #noexit #hulu
February 28, 2022
Paramount + Series Review: 1883
Haven't seen Yellowstone, don't need to for this! Sam Elliott is GREAT. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are good. Narrating the lead girl is good in scene, but horrific accent in narration is painful. Monologue by Elliott in the finale is worth the price of admission #1883 #paramountplus
February 27, 2022
Disney Plus Movie Review: Free Guy
Wish I loved this. Reynolds and Comer are good. Taiki is always a win The writer is Zak Penn tho and this is essential a live version of Wreck It Ralph. Fun for kids, that's about it.  #freeguy #disneyplus
February 25, 2022
Hulu: The King's Man
Really well done prequel. They should let Vaughn handle Bond for lord's sake. Fiennes has this character, M, and John Steed!!! #hulu #thekingsman
February 20, 2022
Amazon Prime Series: Legend of Vox Machina
Love D&D?  Grew up on it, because your kids can't watch this? Really works. Hope they can make more.  #amazonprime #legendofvoxmachina #voxmachina
February 20, 2022
HBO Max Series Review: Peacemaker
Cena sells it. Gunn owns it.  The Suicide Squad was just the beginning. Warner- quit messing around and let Gunn run the DCEU. #peacemaker #hbomax
February 20, 2022
Netflix Series Review: Inventing Anna
How can you tell a delusional lie from the truth?  This mini-series from Shonda Rimes doesn't really help much. Well-told but admittedly false in parts. Might be better reading the books? #netflix #inventinganna
February 20, 2022
Netflix Movie Review: Downfall- The Case Against Boeing
Well-produced and makes the case against the capitalistic bent that caused two airliner crashes. If you are unaware of the story, worth watch. Fails to nail the regulators to their failure because Boeing essentially gets a slap on the wrist. #downfall #netflix 
February 20, 2022
Amazon Prime Movie Review: I Want You Back
Just in time for Valentines! Day and Slate mix it up well. The writing/direction is pretty spot on. The romance and comedy are earned in this standard story elevated by not being terribly hokey. #amazonprime #iwantyouback #valentines
February 15, 2022
HBOMax Movie Review: Antlers
Wendigo myth as addiction metaphor? Check. Pleamons and Russell as siblings fighting creature. Pretty good. Cooper with DelToro assist does good job in horror as metaphor. #antlers #hbomax
February 13, 2022
HBOMax Movie Review: KIMI
Koepp delivers a post-modern "Rear Window" that mostly works. Acting money is saved on only have Kravitz and a few no names. Soderbergh has mastered this low-budget thriller.  #hbomax #kimi
February 13, 2022
HBO Max Movie Review: Nightmare Alley
Oscar lovers might love. Horror or noir fans will be left wanting. I love Del Toro and his skills are here just not for editing and story.  #nightmarealley #deltoro #hbomax
February 09, 2022
Amazon Prime Series Review: Reacher
Ritchson nails the attitude and physical capability of the iconic character. Cast does able support especially Willa Fitzgerald. Fans of the books will love more than the Cruise movies in particular. #reacher #amazonprime #ritchson
February 05, 2022
HBOMax: 8-Bit Christmas
A spiritual sequel to "A Christmas Story" set in the 80s! NPH totally nails it as narrator/father. A worthy addition to #xmasmovie rotation. #hbomax #8bitchristmas #xmasmovies
January 16, 2022
Movie Review: Scream (2022)
My review sounds negative. I enjoyed it but felt it could have been better. As a "requel" it works, but where does it go from here #screammovies #scream #ghostface
January 14, 2022
HBOMax Movie Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
PTL this biopic does a good job. Chastain and Garfield embody the couple pretty well.  Worth a watch even if they didn't bilk you. #hbomax #eyesoftammyfaye
January 09, 2022
Rental Review: Mass
This is going to win awards.  The ensemble carrying off a killer dialogue laden script is why.  #massmovie #oscarbait
January 08, 2022
HBOMax Movie Review: The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Ever wanted to see a live-action cartoon of Bugs and Daffy in an action movie? This approximates it. With Salma Hayek unable to speak without cursing. Turn your brain off and it works.  #hitmanswifesbodyguard #hbomax 
January 08, 2022
Amazon Prime Movie Review: The Tender Bar
Any one of the characters in the bar would have been more interesting than the lead. Narration by Ron Livingston is good, the kid version is good.  Falls apart in adulthood and works better as an unofficial sequel to Affleck's character from Good Will Hunting.  #thetenderbar #amazonprime #goodwillhunting #affleck
January 07, 2022
Netflix Series Review: Cobra Kai (Season 4)
The adventures of Johnny and Daniel-san continue with their kids and students. Excellent choices except for how they brought back Silver. (Glad they did) If you like the other seasons, its worth it.  #karatekid #cobrakai #netflix
January 01, 2022
HBOMax Movie Review: Matrix Resurrections
No spoilers other than this is a "remix sequel". As an OG fanboy, this worked for me. I can see why some are unhappy, but this worked for me unlike much of the OG sequels. #matrixresurrections #hbomax
December 25, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Don't Look Up
A satire needs to be funnier and less literal than this. Mark Rylance steals the show as a faux Jobs/Musk/Zuckerberg hybrid but not enough. I love McKay but not this. #dontlookup #netflix
December 24, 2021
Disney Plus Series: Hawkeye
Desperately wanted to review each episode.  This is not your comic book Hawkeye and that's not a bad thing. Welcome to new Black Widow, Kate Bishop and Echo!  And #pizzadog rocks #hawkeye #disneyplus
December 24, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Running Scared
Buddy cop comedy at Christmas that ISN'T Lethal Weapon? Yep- thanks Hines and Crystal for bringing the funny. Great music and set pieces enliven this classic. #runningscared #12daysofxmasmovies
December 24, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Die Hard
There is no debate. Go watch. Yipey Ki Yeah and Merry Xmas #diehard #12daysofxmasmovies
December 23, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Being the Ricardos
Bardem and character actors like Simmons elevate Sorkin. Poor editing choices and Kidman being unable to keep an accent hurt. Not enough to not recommend, but this is NOT an award winner.  #amazonprime #beingthericardos
December 22, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Trading Places
Classist experiment with PCP off the rails?  Dan Ackroyd in most disgusting Santa outfit topping Bad Santa? Topless Jamie Lee Curtis?  #tradingplaces #12daysofxmasmovies
December 21, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review : Rare Exports
Xmas horror done right. Hate to spoil but this has more to do with Krampus than Silent Night. Very fun but takes itself seriously. #rareexports #12daysofxmasmovies
December 20, 2021
12 Day of Xmas Movie Review: The Ref
Leary as snarky thief taking bickering couple hostage? Ransom Of Red Chief?  Yeah, it's that good. #theref #12daysofxmasmovies
December 20, 2021
Movie Review: Spiderman - No Way Home
Believe the hype. Spoilers be damned. Best of the Holland films by far. #spidermannowayhome #nowayhome #spiderman
December 17, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians
Alec Baldwin as Klaus?  Superhero team-up analog? Barely Xmas adjacent?  Worked for me as a parent. #riseoftheguardians #12daysofxmasmovies
December 17, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Best RDJ movie ever? He thinks so. Xmas adjacent? Barely but mostly? Kilmer and Monaghan light up this neo-noir thriller. #kisskissbangbang #rdj #12daysofxmasmovies
December 17, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Bad Santa
It lives up to the title.  If you can look past the raunch, there is a heart to this story that is worth the time. Especially on Xmas Eve night as you wrap presents. #badsanta #billybobthorton #12daysofxmasmovies
December 16, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Better Watch Out
Home invasion slasher set at Christmas? You bet!  Plays off post-modern like Scream and others with capable final girl. Won't give away any twists, some you will see coming... #betterwatchout #amazonprime #12daysofxmasmovies
December 14, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Tangerine
LGBTQ xmas movies? Yep.  Techno miracle shot on Iphones?  Non-Actors stealing show. Sean Baker has a style that works!  #tangerine #12daysofxmasmovies
December 13, 2021
12 Days of Xmas Movie Review: Just Friends
2021 Unconventional Xmas movies open with a great rom-com. Reynolds and Smart kill in this comedy. Definitely worth a spin if you have Netflix through the end of 2021.  #justfriends #12daysofxmasmovies
December 13, 2021
Movie Review: Ghostbusters Afterlife
The best part? No seeing the original actually pays off? Well done not as a sequel, reboot, or rehash- just "hand off?" McKenna Grace is awesome. The nostalgia factor is turned to 11 but I'm okay with that. #ghostbusters #afterlife #movie
December 08, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Power of the Dog
Future Oscar winner!  Cumberbatch, Campion, Smit-McPhee, Greenwood and even Dunst bring their A-games. Metaphor heavy and character built. Old West giving way to modernity is parable of change overwhelming. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED #thepowerofthedog #cumberbatch #netflix
December 05, 2021
Netflix Series Review: Elves
SIX 20 minute episodes? How was this not a movie? Predictable as a Goosebumps and BARELY any reason for it to be set at XMAS In fact, in Danish winter, shouldn't there be snow?  Not scary enough for most, not tame enough for kids. #elves #netflix
November 28, 2021
Amazon Prime Movie Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Real life bio pic #50 for Benedict Cumberbatch. Definitely worth a watch if you liked Imitation Game Interesting character and well done look at his life #louiswain #amazonprime #cumberbatch
November 24, 2021
HBO Max Movie Review: King Richard
Will Smith's finest biopic portrayal and there is a lot to pick from. Good solid sports underdog vibe, with only a few warts glossed over. Worth time if only tangentially interested but be wary of 2hour 20 minute run time. #hbomax #kingrichard #willsmith
November 21, 2021
Rental Rewind: Nobody
Bob Odenkirk as John Wick? Yep. And it works. Little more like Bruce Willis's RED, but with more violent sensibility. Highly recommended. #nobody #odenkirk #cheaprental
November 14, 2021
Paramount + Movie Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog
I don't love Clifford the Big Red Dog. Don't hate'em either. Inoffensive ET narrative with differences are okay message. Good for those of you with 7 years and younger kids who even KNOW the Big Red dog. #clifford #whitehall #paramount+
November 14, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Red Notice
Ripping off other movies, better movies? Yes.  Are they stylized versions of themselves? Yes? Will you see Aviator gin in the movie? Yes. Still recommending? Yes!  #galgodot #ryanreynolds #rednotice #netflix
November 13, 2021
Disney Plus Movie Review: Jungle Cruise
Johnson and Blunt clearly having fun.  CGI bogs down back 1/3 of film, but score lifts it.  Derivative but an excellent distillation of other such films. #junglecruise #disney #therock #disneyplus
November 13, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Love Hard
Awful Christmas Rom-Com. Allowing your catfisher off the hook? GAH! Avoid. Awful title, too. #netflix #lovehard
November 11, 2021
Movie Review: Eternals
Marvel makes the ultimate Rorschach test. Is this a Marvel movie or isn't it? How you feel about that question will probably answer how you feel about this movie. #eternals #marvel #
November 07, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Harder They Fall
"Urban cowboy?" Maybe. True to life, not. Realistic, a stretch. A good time? YES! While unreal new sets and costumes tended to pull me out, and the music might get you too... the movie otherwise works on the strength of its true to genre plot, earnest acting, and excellent direction. #hardertheyfall #idris #netflix
November 06, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Army of Thieves
German actor/director Matthias Schweighöfer brings his best Danny Ocean. As one of the better parts of the Snyder "Army of the Dead" his character ably carries the film Nothing originally but ably executed like the heists in the film #armyofthieves #netflix #Schweighöfer
November 04, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2
Crazy name- crazier series. Both on Netflix. No spoilers, run don't walk for this PERFECT Halloween two-fer!  #netflix #nsitwt2
October 31, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Hypnotic
Kate Siegel, you are better than this. O'Meara, at least you "got it." SKIP SKIP SKIP to mylou? No, just THUMBS DOWN this and move on. #netflix #hypnotic
October 31, 2021
HBOMax Movie Review: Dune
Did you love the books? You'll love this Haven't read the books? But like Villenueve and Zimmer? Probably? Adaptations should stand on their own and not need footnotes. But that's me. #dune #hbomax
October 22, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Night Teeth
Terrible title, interesting movie. Imagine a behind the scenes look at Underworld meets Blade style LA run by vampires. Ryan and lead are good.  Worth a Halloween watch #netflix #nightteeth
October 21, 2021
Movie Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Sequelities with same powered villian. Harrelson and Hardy do good work overall. Slight, like the first one- if you liked, this should work too.  #venom #lettherebecarnage #tomhardy
October 10, 2021
Amazon Prime Movie Review: The Manor
Part of the Blumhouse Halloween dump. Effective scares of old age and medically placed into home. Ending lets down otherwise decent movie. #themanor #amazonprime
October 09, 2021
Disney Plus Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion
Two Disney properties mashed together? NO WAY. Get's the job done... well or not depends on you. #muppets #hauntedmansion #disney+
October 09, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: There's Someone Inside Your House
Simple and effective.  Decent teen slasher flick. 90 minutes of decent kills makes it worth it. #netflix #theressomeoneinsideyourshouse
October 09, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Black as Night
HORRIBLE Buffy the Vampire Slayer ripoff. Just avoid. Period. #blackasnight #amazonprime #noredeemingvalue
October 04, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Many Saints of Newark
Fans of the show will like because like many prequels it rises and falls on the references to the original. Nivola carries this and does work that we know he always could. Best way to explain: Phantom Menace to this Sopranos Star Wars. #manysaintsofnewark #hbomax 
October 04, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Guilty
If you like theater style one person shows, this one will work for you. Gyllenhaal does great work as LAPD cop on 911 duty during wildfires. Amazing work during Covid.  #netflix #theguilty
October 01, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Bingo Hell
Little known, little budget but decent scares. Produced by Blumhouse with up and coming director. Worth a #halloween view if you liket his kind of thing. #amazon #prime #bingohell
October 01, 2021
Netflix Series Review: Squid Game
Join the band wagon. Yes, it's that good. But while you're here, go watch #aliceinborderland too. Similar, but just different enough.  #netflix #squidgame
October 01, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: No One Gets Out Alive
Well directed atmospheric and largely effective. As good as this movie gets.  Wastes a central metaphor of immigration and colonization in haunting and ghosts. Lead is terrific and semi-sympathic baddie is change of pace.  #noonegetsoutalive #netflix #noonegetstheir1.5hoursback
September 30, 2021
Netflix Series Review: Midnight Mass
It feels like an unproduced Stephen King movie.  Great use of horror genre with religious zealotry to scare you. All the while provide you with a mediation on life and death. Fantastic #netflix #midnightmass
September 26, 2021
Rentable Rewind: Pig
Nic Cage gives a subdued mindblowing performance. The simple message: "We don't get a lot of things to really care about" turns this porcine John Wick turn into something so much more. The twist is that it is not Taken with a pig, but a meditation of loss, grief and moving on. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. #pig #nicolascage
September 23, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Jasper Mall (documentary)
Traditional retail is gone.  Biggest victim: traditonal malls in suburbia. Fascinating look at one.  #amazon #prime #jaspermall
September 19, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Wow, one of my favorite musicals now. Terrific production. I need to see show now. Highly recommended.  #everybodystalkingaboutjamie #amazon #prime
September 18, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Nightbooks
Somewhere between the Goosebumps movies and the recent "Fear Street" trilogy. Produced by Sam Raimi with some of his flair. Worth a watch if you like RL Stine for sure!  #nightbooks #netflix
September 18, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Cry Macho
Eastwood is 91! Great mediation on finding yourself at any age.  Doing a riff on "The Rundown" but definitely worth watching for technical superiority. #hbomax #crymacho
September 17, 2021
Netflix Series Review: Clickbait (SPOILERS)
Just go listen. So disappointing considering how well the 7/8 episodes were until the ending. Covid strikes again. #clickbait #netflix
September 12, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Kate
Have you seen this before? Story yes. Visually? No. Very well directed and acted. Stunning sequences and acting from Winstead and the newcomer.  #kate #netflix
September 12, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Malignant
James Wan is better than this. Unique genre idea is not enough to overcome bad acting and writing. Some directors should just not write. #malignant #hbomax
September 12, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Worth
Worth isn't worthwhile.  Has pedigreed actors Tucci, Ryan and Keaton. Unfortunately, virtually no narrative drama hurts this talky flick about the 9/11 special master trying to decide the payouts. #netflix #worth #worthskipping
September 07, 2021
Upcoming Features: September 2021
Keeping it simple as I am still playing catch up with August. Some good stuff tho! Hit me up on the socials or leave message here on Anchor! 
September 06, 2021
Disney Plus Movie: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Worth seeing in the movies. Up there with Black Panther and Iron Man. In fact, this is the phase four Iron Man to carry the Marvel Universe forward!  #shangchi #tenrings
September 06, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Fatman
If you like Gibson's recent work, this holiday themed actioner may work for you. This is not the Santa from Elf or Fred Claus.  Definitely more in common with recent Gibson release Boss Level than Rudolph. #fatman #gibson #amazonprime
August 23, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Reminiscence
Jackman wants you to remember but you will beg to forget. This techno-noir set in water-logged world fails the 500 other movie it attempts to ape. Ferguson and Newton are wasted on awful dialogue and wasted world building. See Spielberg give a master class on this watching Minority Report instead.  #hbomax #Reminiscence #jackman
August 21, 2021
Netflix SPOILED Movie Review: Beckett
Spoiled review for a spoiled movie. Don't listen if you don't want to know minor spoilers. But the real spoiler? I couldn't even get past thirty minutes of this #beckett #netflix
August 14, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Swarm
No, this isn't the 70s version. Go watch that instead. Some will probably like this slow burn man versus nature thriller. I liked bits, but the ending ruined it. #theswarm #netflix
August 10, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Vivo
In the Heights is still my favorite LMM production. He is the weak link here.  Animation is great, story is okay. Music is mostly... mixed? Worth if you like Manuel Miranda or have kids #vivo #netflix
August 10, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Val
A personal look into an enigmatic character. Thankfully Val Kilmer has filmed himself through his career Makes for great entertainment.  #val #valkilmer #amazonprime
August 10, 2021
HBO Max movie review: The Suicide Squad
"Maximum James Gunn" R-Rated Troma inspired insanity with that GOTG heart Showing that Robbie's Harley is now the key player of the DCEU four Count'em FOUR movies in. #thesuicidesquad #hbomax
August 06, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Freaky
Hot Chick / Freaky Friday meets Jason Voorhees Played for a few laughs Directed by Landon who did #HappyDeathDay Can't MISS!  #freaky #hbomax #vaughnbetterthanschneider
July 29, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Blood Red Sky
Vampire on a plane ala Die Hard or Executive Action or Passenger 57. Yeah, go watch any of those instead.  Disappointing.  #bloodredsky #netflix #vampireonaplane
July 24, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
It's the Endgame to the series of Trollhunters' series. Great animation and voice work make for a moving end. Worth checking even if you did see other series, but does help!  #trollhunters #netflix #riseofthetitans
July 24, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: A Classic Horror Story
Watch it in Italian. It's derivative and subversive in all the right ways. Ignore the nay sayers. #aclassichorrorstory #netflix
July 16, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Fear Street Trilogy: 1666
A trilogy that works.  Sure some bumps with accents and acting in this one... Good mythology and resolution. Go watch! #fearstreet #1666 #fearstreettrilogy
July 16, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Space Jam: A New Legacy
I'm Bugs' huckleberry what can I say? Good? Eh... Bad? Nah. Just a retold version for today. Not a sequel, but they had to keep the name. LeBron affords himself well. Biggest pain? No "I believe I can fly." #spacejam #kingjames #hbomax #lebron
July 16, 2021
Rentable Rewind: Bad Times at the El Royale
Drew Goddard fans? Rejoice. Noirish, strangers in a motel, thriller.  Works. Mostly.  Dakota Johnson apparently will never work for me. #badtimesattheelroyale #giacchino  = magic
July 15, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Gunpowder Milkshake
Some stylistic cool stuff, but the love-orphan of  "John Wick" and "Kill Bills fails to hit. Gillan and the all-girl murder squad of Headey, Yeoh, Gugino, and Bassett do what they can. Unfortunately hampered with over long sequences, slo-mo, and one of the worst soundtracks in modern cinema. #gunpowdermilkshake #karengillan #netflix
July 15, 2021
Disney Plus Movie: Black Widow
The future is Florence. Bittersweet wrap for ScarJo, but pays off quite a bit. Most similar to Winter Soldier or recent Falcon series. #scarjo #blackwidow
July 12, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Fear Street Trilogy: 1978
Homage to 70s and 80s slashers like Friday the 13th your bag? This works mostly.  The mythology is kind of interesting and the trilogy structure is well-done. Soundtrack again helps quite a bit.  #netflix #fearstreet #1978
July 11, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Like #SNL sketch movies? This is for you Like Kristen Wiig? This could be for you. Any one else still listening? 60-40 chances you might like.  That's the percentage of jokes that hit for me.  #hulu #barbandstar #barbandstargotovistadelmar #kristenwiig
July 11, 2021
Shudder movie review: Vicious Fun
This description sold me: "A loser whose life is passing him by accidentally stumbles into a secret underground self-help group for serial killers." Black comedy, some slashing and kills, but played for fun mostly. #shudder #viciousfun #viciouslygood
July 05, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: The Tomorrow War
Edge of Tomorrow earth alien battles plus Independence Day's trying to save the world Plus a time travel loop. Straight man Pratt outshone by bit players and especially JK Simmons and Yvonne Strahovski. #thetomorrowwar #amazon #chrispratt
July 03, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Fear Street Trilogy: 1994
Scream ripoff? You bet. Can you think of a better movie to ripoff?  Sure, but they do a good job.  Little overkill with the soundtrack, but a Beltrami score trumps! #fearstreet #1994 #netflix #rlstine
July 02, 2021
HBO Max movie review: No Sudden Move
Soderbergh, you are sold or not pretty much on that name.  Cheadle and Del Toro are the highlights.  Typical noir that makes slow burn the norm. #hbomax #nosuddenmove #cheadle #deltoro
July 02, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: America the Motion Picture
If George Washington playing "Free Bird" by Lynard Skynard as the national anthem sounds like your cup of tea... #reviewproof #yourinner12yearoldlovesthis #netflix #americathemotionpicture
July 01, 2021
Upcoming Features: July 2021
Won't put the whole list this time...  but there is a lot coming on Netflix and a few each on all the other streamers worth checking out. Let me know via message or on social if I missed something or what you would most like me to review first! 
June 27, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: False Positive
Rosemary's confusion?  In vitro childbirth apparently leads to lots of hallugenic visions.  OR this movie? Who can tell? #hulu #falsepositive #piercebrosnan
June 26, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Ice Road
If you  could believe that Willis could stop an asteroid in Armaggedon as a driller, you should believe that Neeson can as an Ice Road Trucker. How many seasons was that on? An okay use of 1.75 hours of your life. #netflix #theiceroad #liamneeson #theiceroadmovie
June 26, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Good on Paper
Stand up comic wrote a "rom-com." Doesn't fit? You betcha. More like BLACK comedy.  Definitely. #ilizaschelsinger #goodonpaper #netflix
June 25, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Fatherhood
Kevin Hart, straight man? Mostly. Superior child acting? Yes. Chris Weitz, secret weapon writer/director? Yes. Just in time to make you cry BEFORE fathers day. #fatherhood #kevinhart
June 19, 2021
Disney Plus Movie: Luca
IT's PIXAR. What else do you need to know? Oh, it's not Dinosaur bad but not Incredibles good. Like Little Mermaid meets Ratatouille for boys.  Go show your kids. You know, YOUR kids.  #luca #pixar
June 19, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Devil Below
Derivative B-grade monster in the ground movie? Check. One recognizable actor to give credence? Check. Lowered expectations making it worth it, probably. #thedevilbelow #netflix
June 14, 2021
Paramount Plus Movie: Infinite
I paid EXACTLY the right price to watch this: a FREE month subscription. Don't watch this. Maybe watch Old Guard on Netflix? Or wait for the Cavil Highlander reboot? Wahlberg should NEVER make another scifi flick ever. This was believable as him as an inventor in Transformers. To infinite, be yuck? #infinite #markwahlberg
June 13, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: Willy's Wonderland
The Cagiest of Cage movies. It is exactly what it looks like and then some. Best drinking game ever watching for and drinking when you spot nitpick mistakes (there are a LOT). Five Nights at Freddie's meets the indestructible Cage. #willyswonderland #niccage #cagiestmovies
June 13, 2021
The TODDcast Theme Song
Thanks to the makers of and the best beers ever donated for a GREAT logo comes... the HorribleJingle version of the TODDcast Theme Song! I hope you love it as much as I do... and get your gloves and boots on... look for the music video soon! 
June 12, 2021
HBO Max movie review: In the Heights
Better than Hamilton?  To me... More traditional, and maybe that's why.  Good production overall lends to a great adaptation.  Little long, but worth it.  #intheheights #linmanualmiranda
June 11, 2021
Netflix TV Review: Sweet Tooth
Virus storyline a little too close to home? Non-precocious child actor knocking it out of the park? Phenomenal production value? Killer ending to a season? Go watch. I'll hold your hankie.  #sweettooth #netflix 
June 06, 2021
Disney Plus Movie: Raya and the Last Dragon
Great voice work. Animation so good it looks photo real. The best Disney Animated movies since Tangled and Zootopia?  Sorry Moana and Frozen fans. #rayaandthelastdragon #tangledstillbetterthanfrozen
June 05, 2021
HBO Max movie review: The Conjuring- The Devil Made Me Do It
Has James Wan sold his soul to the devil?  At this point, maybe. Why else keep tapping this well? For fans of characters, worth checking.  It's the second direct, but myriad later sequel of one of the best horror movies in the last two decades. How do you think it's going to compare? #thedevilmademedoit #theconjuring #hbomax
June 04, 2021
Upcoming Features: June 2021
Let me know what features you are interested in hearing more about. Leave any comment here: #intheheights #willyswonderland #rayaandthelastdragon #loki #theiceroad #americathemotionpicture #thedevilbelow #netflix #hulu #hbomax #amazonprimevideo #disneyplus #upcomingfeatures #theTODDcast
May 31, 2021
Shudder movie review: One Cut of the Dead
Best zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead? Probably. Surprisingly GREAT take on how to make movies. Heck Yeah!  A fresh take on film making and zombies films. #onecutofthedead #shudder
May 22, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Army of the Dead
A return to form and genre for Zach Snyder  A welcome return. Yes, his standard beats do overwhelm a little, but still a worthy entry in the zombie-sphere. #ArmyoftheDead #bautista #zachsnyder
May 22, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Those Who Wish Me Dead
I loved this movie the first time I saw it: 1998's Firestorm with Howie Long. Yes, Howie Long. Terrible use of the people involved here.  If you like Taylor Sheridan, go watch Wind River or Sicario before this.  #thosethatwishmedead
May 15, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Woman in the Window
Skip. Skip. Skip. I love amy Adams, but dang. This much caliber and this was the best they could do? #thewomaninthewindow
May 15, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Saint Maud
Don't be misled. Yes, it has horrific elements. But not a "horror" film. Atmospheric, hallucinogenic, with sound and sights designed to throw you off-balance. In a good, carnival kind of way. #saintmaud
May 14, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: Shadow in the Cloud
Chloe Moretz is Bugs Bunny. High praise? Seems like something Sam Raimi would have made.  Highly anti-misogyny. Is that why guys aren't liking?  Best female hero since Ripley? Maybe.  #shadowinthecloud
May 12, 2021
Upcoming Features: May 2021
Let me know what features you are interested in hearing more about. Leave any comment here: Saint Maud - Hulu - May 13 The Woman in the Window - Netflix - May 13 Those Who Wish Me Dead - HBO Max - May 14 (called it WANT, oops) Supernova - Hulu- May 18 Army of the Dead - Netflix - May 21 #armyofthedead #supernova #thosewhowishmedead #thewomaninthewindow #saintmaud #netflix #hulu #hbomax #amazonprimevideo #disneyplus #upcomingfeatures #theTODDcast
May 12, 2021
HBO Max series review: Doom Patrol (season 1)
Best comic adaptation EVER. It's not hyperbole.  May not be your cup of tea, but it rocks. #doompatrol
May 11, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Greenland
Avoid Greenland. The movie, not the country. Here are some better options:  TheWave, 2012, Knowing. Virtually any other disaster film in the last ten years.
May 09, 2021
Netflix Series Review: Jupiter's Legacy
Clearly troubled production?  Asylum level production values? Creator ripoff of comic material into televised ripoff? Yeah, you know where this is going. #jupiterslegacy
May 08, 2021
Taking Requests #1
If you found me because of the recent appearance on the Toddcast Podcast, thanks! You can watch the recent appearance on Youtube here: Or listen on your streamer of choice, check out the fun promo on their instagram: @thetoddcastpod I thought I would take request for reviews, but they could be literally anything YOU want to talk about too. Click the link below to send me request:
May 04, 2021
Hulu Documentary: Sasquatch
Is this about Bigfoot? Not really. Is it a story pretty well told? Mostly, but could have been trimmed down to 2 hours probably. If you like true crime docs, this is your jam. Give it shot! #sasquatch #hulu #documentary
May 02, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Tenet
What happens when a director finally has all the money in the world and no constraints? This. You might enjoy it, but you won't understand it. Makes Inception seem like a simple 007 film in comparison For a better version, go watch Memento. #tenet #nolan
May 02, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
Want to see a better version of this character?  A. Wait for a possible sequel. B. Maybe check out Creed? C. Re-watch Black Panther for the billionth time because this is just a watered down version of the Killmonger character. Movies should not be prequels for better movies. #makebetterchoicesmichaelbjordan #withoutremorse
May 01, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Dumb name? Yes. Great Movie. Yes Probably Oscar winning animated movie next year. Yes Get on Netflix now and watch with your kids, even if they're in their twenties. #themitchellsvsthemachines #netflix
April 30, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Stowaway
Want a bad ending? Want an unbelievable space doctor? Want a movie BEGGING to be nitpicked to death? #Stowaway has got you covered This #netflix snoozer has #tonicollette and #danieldaekim slumming with a #annakendrick in space as they bore us to Mars.
April 25, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Mortal Kombat (2021)
Did you or do you play the game? Doesn't matter.  Video game movies like this are pretty much review proof.  Go watch vaguely familiar characters have gory kills because they finally made an R-rated MK movie. #mortalkombat #getoverhere #sub-zero
April 25, 2021
HBO Max movie review: The New Mutants
Yes, lower your expectations.  Anya Taylor Joy is good in everything. Lives up to the comics, but if you didn't know them, this will probably disappoint you alot #thenewmutants
April 14, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Godzilla v. Kong
If you like Skull Island at all and the King of the Monsters, this will probably work for you. Nothing earth shattering but the kaiju versus gorilla fight.  #hbomax #kong #godzilla #GodzillaVsKong  
April 01, 2021
HBO Max movie review: Zach Snyder's Justice League
Didn't hate the Whedon cut? You probably won't hate this one either, but as both will illustrate you have to have a good foundation to begin with and sadly, the whole enterprise never really did. Listen to learn what the big problem with both was. While this one has some things going for it, there was a reason Warner stopped this before it it was saved by the fans. #releasethesnydercut #zachsnyder #justiceleague
March 20, 2021
Disney Plus TV Review: Falcon and the Winter Soldier (premier episode)
What it finally took to get me to re-up Disney Plus. Marvel doesn't pull their punches in action or character work for this "show." Just go watch. #falcon #wintersoldier #sebastianstan #anthonymackie #falconandthewintersoldier
March 20, 2021
Disney Plus TV Review: WandaVision
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Yes, after raccoons in space, Marvel can officially do anything taking dead characters and secondardy Avengers to make a compelling TV show... about TV shows and more. #wandavision #paulbettany #elizabetholsen #avengers #disneyplus
March 20, 2021
Netflix Documentary Review: Murder Among the Mormons
A particularly good telling of a true-crime story that rocked the Mormon church in the 1980s dealing with a master forger, the ramifications of him fooling the church, and what he did to cover up his crimes. I enjoyed it because I read the in-depth story via a book called "A Gathering of Saints" and it was great to see it come to life. #murderamongthemormons #markhofman #truecrime
March 13, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: Boss Level
Do like time loop movies? Do you like shoot'em up video games? Yeah, you're gonna like this. Frank Grillo is excellent as the shooter in this live action video game that plays well with the rules of time loop movies. Best of its genre since "Edge of Tomorrow" or "Live Die Repeat". #bosslevel #frankgrillo
March 07, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Coming 2 America
Did you ask for the nostalgic cash grab? Me neither. Murphy and company hit most of their marks, but it still doesn't et many laughs that weren't in the original.  #coming2america #eddiemurphy
March 06, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: I Care a Lot
A decidedly mixed tone makes this hard to recommend to most people. While going to a black comedy feel, it has more in common with a mobster flick. Performances by Pike, Dinklage, and Wiest make it worth a watch, but not everyone's cup of tea.  #icarealot #rosamondpike #peterdinklage
February 20, 2021
Hulu Movie Review: Nomadland
As a contender for Oscar, this meditative look at the camper/van lifestyle of retirees and people who want to live off the grid is anchored by an award-winning performance by Frances McDormand.  #nomadland #oscar #mcdormand #eternals
February 20, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Space Sweepers
Take the movies of Neill Blomkamp like District 9 and Elysium and mix them with the gungho antics of Guardian of the Galaxy with South Korean production values and you get a decent action movie. 
February 14, 2021
Amazon Movie Review: Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Valentine's Day? Low-key young adult time loop movie? Sure, why not?  Me completely screwing up the name at least once in the review? #kathrynnewton #mapoftinyperfectthings #levgrossman
February 14, 2021
Netflix Review: Lupin
Did you like Ocean's Eleven? BBC's Sherlock? Then you will probably like this French series about a man who emulates his favorite REAL French gentleman thief character to get revenge. #Lupin #lupinnetflix #omarsy
January 23, 2021
Netflix Movie Review: Outside the Wire
A hodge podge of futuristic war ideas that plays like the cinematics of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare but with worse acting. Mackie needs to make better choices than this.  #outsidethewire #anthonymackie
January 17, 2021
Netflix Review: Cobra Kai
Your favorite chop socky boomers are back for season three of the nostalgia-thon. And it works. Like really well.  #cobrakai #karatekid
January 11, 2021
Netflix Review: Alice in Borderland
Engaging if violent nihilistic and dystopian take on "Alice in Wonderland." Comparisons to "Lost," "The Prisoner," and "Battle Royale" are very appropriate.  #aliceinborderland #chishiya #arisu #hatter
December 31, 2020
Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984
What you have seen is pretty true. Mostly a missed opportunity. Suffered from superhero sequelitis. #wonderwoman #ww1984 #ww84 #dc  #dcuniverse #galgadot  #dceu  #ww #dianaprince 
December 26, 2020
Amazon Movie Review: Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed gives a star turning performance as a drummer who goes deaf over night. It acts as mediation on being alone and directly dealing with problems head on. 
December 24, 2020
Netflix Movie Review: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Mixed emotions with the performances on this movie. It is great to see Chadwick Boseman's last performance be such a powerhouse. Definitely worth your time. 
December 24, 2020
Netflix Movie Review: Midnight Sky
Should you give George Clooney's sci-fi epic a chance? A derivative affair from a book, while the technical side and performances are worth looking at, it might be a bit too long  and overwrought for most people. 
December 24, 2020
Netflix Movie Review: Christmas Chronicles 2
Kurt Russell is back with the girl from the first one to save Christmas again from a rogue elf.  Nothing crazy, but a good solid story similar to the first on the importance of family.  #thechristmaschronicles #thechristmaschronicles2 #christmasmovies
December 06, 2020
Hulu Movie Review: Happiest Season (Christmas Movies)
Kicking off the Christmas movie season with a new one from Clea DuVall daughter of Robert... Standard rom-com set in Pittsburgh PA which has decent cast and fairly well done. Does rip from other in the genre but in a competent manner. Other than the gay part of the relationship, nothing staggeringly new here?  Worth a watch, but not going into my holiday rotation.  #happiestseason #harperstinks #abbyandriley
December 06, 2020
Netflix Review: Mosul
From the Russo Brothers (as producers) comes a similar production to their last Netflix movie, Extraction with Chris Hemsworth. Set in Iraq, where a special police force is trying to take down ISIS fighters in Mosul, a similar story to Blackhawk Down with some flavor for the region and the times. 
December 04, 2020
Amazon TV Review: Good Lord Bird
Ethan Hawke does double duty bringing a fictionalized account of the abolitionist to life through the eyes of youthful tagalong. Does a phenomenal job- listen to learn more!  #goodlordbird #ethanhawke #thegoodlordbird #johnbrown #joshuacalebjohnson
November 30, 2020
Amazon Movie Review: Uncle Frank
A fantastic coming of age/coming out story told by Alan Ball, the creator of Six Feet Under- filmed primarily in North Carolina. While slightly sugary, still does a phenomenal job. 
November 28, 2020
Netflix Review: Queen's Gambit
A Great depiction of #chess in #netflix #thequeensgambit.  Hard to believe that Anya Taylor Joy isn't going to have a great career and that the stunning cast was used so well.  The direction and writing by Scott Frank is on point. 
November 18, 2020
Online App Review: WaveApps
Been using this financial small business tool for years. Recommend it and use it frequently as alternative to Quickbooks. #quickbooks #waveapps #cashflow #smallbusiness
November 02, 2020
Halloween TV Review: Truthseekers
Truth Seekers, a half-hour comedy-horror series about a three-person paranormal investigation team. Learn more on IMDB:
October 31, 2020
Halloween Movie Review: Pontypool
While I say it WAS on Netflix, you can only find it on SHUDDER streaming now:
October 31, 2020