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Inside Out - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 14 August 2015 · 148 views
Movies, Animation
Pixar has an interesting history of making terrible trailers for what turn out to be great films. The trailers for Inside Out did nothing to pique my interest in seeing the film. But at the reception to this year's Producers' Show , I talked with some people from the studio who were genuinely excited about the movie. Now, if the people who have to spend...

Minions - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 22 July 2015 · 150 views
Movies, Animation
Okay... I had no plans to see Minions, but when your impossibly adorable niece wants to go see a movie, how can you say "no"? Plus, I went to CalArts with one of the directors. 
So, we saw Minions. She loved it. 
For me, not so much. 
The Minions are fine in small doses as comedy relief, but their incomprehensible gibberish wears pretty thi...

Mad Max: Fury Road - Spoiler-free movie review (plus bonus mini-rant)

Posted by Nathan Strum, 21 July 2015 · 153 views
From the "Better Late Than Never" department...
I'm gradually catching up on some of my summer movies. I may not get to them all, but at a friend's insistence we went to see Mad Max: Fury Road last night.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into it. Sure - some of the trailers looked kind of cool, and although The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2)...

Ant-Man - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 19 July 2015 · 184 views
Ant-Man? Really?
I thought Marvel was scraping the bottom of a pretty low barrel when they dusted off Guardians of the Galaxy and turned that into a movie... but Ant-Man?
Then again... Guardians of the Galaxy turned out pretty well .
Oddly enough, so did Ant-Man.
Better than Age of Ultron , certainly. And as far as Marvel sol...

Tomorrowland - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 31 May 2015 · 219 views
Okay.... if you read my last review , I was pretty-much done with going to the movies.

So, yeah. About that...

After that final disappointing trip to the theater, I began to realize something: going to the movies had become a chore . And it had been for quite some time, too.

Besides the two trips to see Age of Ultron, I'd been to a string of bad screen...

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler-free movie review (plus free bonus rant!)

Posted by Nathan Strum, 22 May 2015 · 243 views
Okay... let's try this again.

After my last attempt to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was so fed-up with going to the movies, I really had no interest in trying again. But here I am, in a different multiplex, ten minutes away from my second attempt. I'm not holding out much hope, since I've since read several articles that state that movie theater chains...

New time, new station!

Posted by Nathan Strum, 06 May 2015 · 426 views
Another year has come and gone. And no, you didn't collapse into a coma and wake up seven months later (well... for all I know you didn't) - rather, another school year has come and gone.

And as usual, the annual screenings of our student films have been taking place (here's the obligatory link to last year's blog entry ).

The Open Show, where we show...

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler-free-spoiled-movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 01 May 2015 · 437 views
So, I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last night.
Okay, to be fair - I actually went this morning. Midnight is "technically" morning.
I usually don't go in for first-day screenings, but thought it would be fun.
It wasn't.
I wish I hadn't bothered.
Well, it wasn't the audience. There was a good audience th...

Real Arcade Play: Achieved!

Posted by Nathan Strum, 16 April 2015 · 306 views
Video Game Ramblings
Yet another mouth to feed:
Huge thanks to Albert for hooking me up with this Vectrex! This is a pretty sweet unit - very clean, works great, solid controller, and it included several games and overlays (gotta have the overlays).
I've been wanting one of these since, well, since the ear...