The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie

I guess that I have a rather common experience with Peanuts. I grew up reading the comics every day in the paper, and owned a number of Peanuts books as a kid. I watched the holiday specials whenever they came on, and to this day consider them a mark that its a appropriate to begin celebrating/anticipating the holiday. As I've gotten older, I've grown to appreciate the genius of Charles Schulz. Eventually, I came to understand how he used the kids to comment on society and his beliefs. Much of what I love about Peanuts is how it works on multiple levels. 

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The Martian

The Martian

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of reading a new favorite book. I absolutely loved The Martian. I felt the experience was fantastic, and I quickly joined the cult of fans who fervently recommended the book, but refused to describe it if I thought there was any chance that person might liked it. Since I had a hard time imagining who would’t like the story, I wasn’t very limited.

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The Gift

The Gift

 If you're a fan of movies, it's hard to escape the constant hype and expectations of upcoming films. We're constantly exposed to barrage that's posts, tweets, and comments about what we can expect. It's easier than ever to see the trailers for upcoming films; both from big studios and smaller independent pictures. This sea of hype makes it all the better when a new film flies under the radar. It truely is a rare treat when you can go in cold, and be really impressed with the a new film.

I wasn't familiar with The Gift at all. I hadn't heard of the movie until a friend suggested that we see it a week beforehand. I saw half a TV commercial in the following week, and went in with very low knowledge or expectation. I was really impressed with the result. Its well put together and very effective.

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Terminator Genysis

Terminator Genysis

The Terminator films are curious things. Much like their characters, they’ve changed over time. I enjoy them. Like most, I favor the first two. Rise of the Machines has it’s moments, but it pales in comparison and makes a joke of the series. I respect that Terminator Salvation tried to go in a different direction, but I think I’ve enjoyed it the least. At their best, these movies represent great science fiction, entertaining action, and fantastic special effects. The franchise also features one of the most iconic characters in movie history. 

Terminator Genisys brought Arnold back to take another shot at jumpstarting this series. Most of the other characters are back, just with new faces. I was eager to enjoy another adventure in this series.

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Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Like most of us, I imagine, I went into Jurassic World with mixed expectations due to a complicated personal history with the franchise. I missed Jurassic Park’s original run in theaters, but saw it many times in the following years. I was at a great age to love The Lost World upon its release. However, Jurassic Park 3 did not sit well with me, The Lost World may not have aged as well as I would hope (I've been meaning to revisit the sequels), and even the original was cheapened for me thanks to a frequent schedule on cable. However, for whatever setbacks I found, time helped to shape the franchise for the better. The original sits as one of my favorite films, I'm eager to revisit the sequels, and I'm excited for the franchise to live on. 

Enter Jurassic World, a film that is quickly pulling in more money than even John Hammond or his lawyer could have imagined. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are here to usher in a new era that builds on the legacy, but essentially gives us a new start. While the previews looked exciting, it was clear that the creators were seeking to tap into the spirit of the original while updating it in the fashion of modern blockbusters. 

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