Film Reviews

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 19, 2016

NOTE: There are NO spoilers for the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Awaiting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to hit theaters was a very different experience than waiting for Star Wars: A Force Awakens. The latter was the first Star Wars film to hit theaters in ages and I was slightly on […]

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White Helmets – A Documentary Short on Netflix

September 19, 2016

The strife in Syria has been going on for five years at this point. A lot of the story is on the refugee crisis, with millions of Syrians fleeing their country to find a life somewhere else. But, as a picture of a young boy named Omran Daqneesh, who was covered in dust after he […]

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Suicide Squad, Or: What Was It I Just Watched?

August 22, 2016

They should do this thing with DC movies that every time they release one, they should tell you which episodes of a DC animated series you should watch afterwards to reassure yourself that there are good stories with the characters they just messed up on the big screen. To rid oneself of the taste of […]

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Finding the Ideal Hero in Captain America

May 9, 2016

Superman: No one stays good in this world. – From Batman V Superman Steve Rogers: I don’t mean to make things difficult. Tony Stark: I know. Because you’re a very polite person. Steve Rogers: If I see a situation pointed south, I can’t ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could. Tony Stark: No, you don’t. […]

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Batman V Superman V Me

March 29, 2016

(Initial discussion has no spoilers. There are some spoilers at the very end, clearly marked) Folks, Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice came out this past weekend. Due to the reviews, I had low expectations for the film. I had to watch it, of course, as I am a Superman fan but I couldn’t muster […]

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HBO Films Presents a Documentary on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

November 6, 2015

I went through a basketball phase around ’92. I started watching a lot of games on TV and even got caught up in the Summer Olympics, where USA’s basketball team was dubbed the “Dream Team.” I saw all the televised games, watching when the US team won every single game, always scoring more than 100 […]

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

September 28, 2015

I never really had much of an association with Oakland before I started working there more than 6 years ago. However, I have really come to love the experiences I’ve had in “The Town” as it’s called, whether it’s sipping a gibraltar at Blue Bottle HQ around Jack London Square, walking around Uptown and Downtown […]

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Inside Out – Turned Me Mentally Inside Out

July 20, 2015

I watched Inside Out over the weekend. I had been meaning to watch it since it came out but as I have next to zero extra time in Ramadan to go to the movies, I didn’t get to watch it until just now. Like pretty much everyone else in the world, I associate Pixar with […]

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Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” – 12 Years of Filmmaking

May 4, 2014

I watch a lot of movies but I don’t really have any “favorites”. I don’t have a favorite actor, actress, not many people who I’d feel tongue-tied over if I happened to come across them in a random moment. I do have a favorite director though – Richard Linklater. I’ve seen a lot of his […]

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The Return of Captain Amreeka

April 6, 2014

When I watched Captain America: The First Avenger when it was first released, I didn’t really expect anything and then was completely surprised by how much I liked it. It wasn’t just a superhero movie, it was a call back to the old fashioned action movies that I grew up to love, like Guns of […]

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