Category: Reviews

‘Ready Player One’: pop culture on overdrive

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – In 2011, Ernest Cline wrote his debut novel “Ready Player One.”  After spending years in development – it takes a while in Hollywood sometimes – the film adaptation was finally released to theaters on March 29, with Cline as a co-writer for the screenplay and film icon Steven Spielberg as director/producer. The movie… Read more »

Steven Spielberg: A Great Filmmaker

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation and possibly even of all time. Even those not familiar with the film industry have heard his name, or at least the names of the movies he’s worked on. Whether he’s worked as director or producer, he has been a part of… Read more »

A review: ‘Morning Star: Gold Has Fallen’

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – I read “Morningstar,” the third book of the “Red Rising” series by Peirce Brown.  At the end of book two, “Golden Son,” Darrow kills the Archgoverner of Mars, Augustus Bellona, and plunges the Golds into war with the Reds.  Darrow and the Red army are trying to build an alliance with the other… Read more »

A review: ‘The Room,’ Possibly the worst movie ever made

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – If you haven’t heard of “The Room,” it’s pretty much considered to be one of the worst movies in film history, and that’s saying a lot. It’s filled with bad everything: acting, writing, camerawork, directing, you name it, it’s terrible. Despite being hailed as being unbelievably awful, “The Room” has become very popular…. Read more »

‘Three Billboards:’ Good, but not best picture

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was nominated for Best Picture this year and while it didn’t win, it did take home several other awards at the Oscars. Is “Three Billboards” truly as great as people say it is? After all, the Academy has made plenty of mistakes before… In the small town of Ebbing, Missouri,… Read more »

MGMT leaves their dark age

Psychedelic pop group MGMT released their fourth album Feb. 9 this year. Going into my first listen of “Little Dark Age,” I really had no idea what to expect. Their first album, “Oracular Spectacular,” introduced indie pop fans to an innovative, psychedelic pop group with the rare talent to make compelling, radio-friendly music that also… Read more »

Coco: Another Great Pixar Film

Pixar has a reputation for creating great animated films and “Coco” is no exception. It has received massive critical claim, joining its place alongside other recent additions like “Ratatouille,” “Inside Out” or “Up.” Now if only Pixar can keep the magic going for “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4.” The film follows Miguel, a young… Read more »

A review: ‘Black Panther’

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – “Black Panther” has made over $700 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. “Black Panther” is the Marvel Cinematic Universe most-recent release with a star-studded cast, including Chadwick Boseman as one of the first black superheroes. The film is receiving massive critical successes and as you can tell from this title, I… Read more »