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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 09 January 2016 · 380 views
Let's start at the beginning. When I first saw Star Wars in 1977, it was at the UA 150 theater in downtown Seattle. I was too young to drive, so my parents had to take me down there, a 20 mile round trip, to see the movie. Somehow, over the course of the next year or so, I managed to convince them to do that another 10 or 11 times as I saw the movie agai...

The Martian - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 28 December 2015 · 174 views
Continuing the trend of semi-reality-based science fiction epics set in the undefined yet not-too-distant future that give Neil deGrasse Tyson something to Tweet about, we have The Martian.
Having never read the book , I only had a passing interest in seeing the movie, since from the trailers it looked to be little more than the middle film of a t...

The Good Dinosaur - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 24 December 2015 · 146 views
Animation, Movies
Because there apparently aren't enough animated dinosaur movies out there already, and because Disney didn't learn their lesson from the last one of these that they made, we have Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. We had a screening of it at work the other week, and while none of the creative team were there to present it, the reps from Disney and Pixar who wer...