Interview with the Vampire (1994): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Hadn’t seen this one in decades, yet it still holds up quite well (though, while I’ve come to accept Cruise as Lestat, I still think Julian Sands would have been a better choice).
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998): ⭐️⭐️: Notably dumber than the first. Enjoyable if you’re in the mood for this sort of thing, but by no means good.
37/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another encounter with the Excalbians — those rock creatures who masqueraded as Abraham Lincoln and other historical characters. They’re back (as a new set of historical personages) and looking for asylum. A perfectly acceptable Trek adventure revisiting and re-exploring old adventures.
36/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
An entertaining adventure across two time periods, but sometimes I think Cox gets a little too clever with the constant references to other Trek adventures. Sometimes it’s fun fan service, but sometimes it’s nice just to read a story without a wink-and-a-nudge on every other page.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997): ⭐️⭐️⭐️: I’d missed this one (the entire series, actually) until now. Exactly what I expected from a late-90s teen slasher film, it kept me entertained.
Geostorm (2017): ⭐️⭐️⭐️: This is a “big dumb disaster movie” three star rating, not a “serious cinematic work” three star rating. Starts off with a scenario that now seems sadly ridiculously optimistic (faced with disastrous climate change, the nations of the world actually work together to do something about it), and then gets progressively more ridiculous as it goes. But then, you don’t exactly go into a Dean Devlin disaster movie expecting serious consideration of highbrow topics, you go in to see shit get blown up real good. And on that level, it’ll do.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022): ⭐️⭐️⭐️: The parts of the movie that were standard MCU stuff were, well, standard MCU stuff — enjoyable, just what you expect, nothing groundbreaking one way or the other.
The parts of the movie that were Sam Raimi doing his thing with a ridiculous budget to play with were great.
The end result (for me, at least) is an above-average entry in the MCU canon.
Sing 2 (2021): ⭐️: Actually only made it halfway through before tapping out. While the first was cute and fun, this one just dragged. Pretty animation, and some occasional clever moments, but at an hour in and realizing it wasn’t quite halfway done, it was time to stop.
34/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set in the pre-TOS era, this explores some early relationships touched on later in the saga; one for Kirk, and one for Spock, who have yet to meet, though both end up involved in the framing story about the risks of environmental damage during technological and societal expansion.
Firestarter (2022): ⭐️: What was the point of re-adapting this in such a lifeless, boring manner?