This is actually Ryan, despite the title of this post. Last night I saw the 2011 movie Paul. But if the title of the post gets Paul out of seclusion to comment on the blog or write, even better. If you've not seen Paul, it's basically about two nerds that go on a post-Comicon tour of UFO sites in the southwest US, only to actually find an alien. The alien is named Paul, and he's just escaped from a government facility and is trying to meet up with his own kind. He's evidently from a raunchy galaxy Read more [...]

Star Trek (But Not The New One)

Ryan here. We watched 2009's Star Trek last night. I'd not seen it before, but it was on Netflix. I was afraid they might take it off come June, so I thought we should check it out. I'm definitely a Star Wars partisan, but I enjoy the Trek world, too. It's just much bigger and I have to admit that I've only seen the original movies, and that was when I was still in high school. And I'm fine with that--it just seems like if I really wanted to try to get into Star Trek, it would take me the rest Read more [...]

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Ryan here again. I watched this after Paul recommended it in a comment on a recent post. He was right: the movie's great. Very interesting to see how the ratings system is basically a scam, and it makes me lose even a bit more faith in Hollywood. It's entertaining an educational, and for that I'll give it a 15/17. I'll also include a few "alternative" rating systems that I came across when looking for an image for this post: Read more [...]

Lincoln Again

Ryan Sitzman here. I know we've already talked about Lincoln twice, but I thought I'd just chime in quickly. I saw it last night. It was good, but did get a bit slow in parts. I realize that passing the 13th amendment and ending the Civil War were Lincoln's two biggest things, but they don't always make for gripping cinema. I liked the movie, but the way it made me think of how things must have been back then was even cooler. So, check it out if you haven't already. 13/17. Read more [...]

Thoughts About “Ender’s Game” (Ryan)

This is going to be mostly about the book Ender's Game, not the upcoming movie. Actually, if you are ever going to read the book, get on that now, since seeing the movie trailer will inevitably spoil some parts for you (as all trailers seem to do these days). The only reason I read this book is because it was in a collection of books given to me by my friend Lucy. I had no idea what it would be about, but I just happened to notice the book right after I saw a picture of Ben Kingsley in makeup Read more [...]


When I originally heard of this movie, it was billed as something like "Cameron Crowe's tribute to the 90s Seattle Grunge scene." I wouldn't call it that, exactly, although it does feature (acting) performances from a few members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. It's basically about people in their 20s and 30s trying to date in Seattle. I went into this movie really wanting to like it, since I think Cameron Crowe is generally great. But then I spent the first half of the movie disliking so many things Read more [...]