Monthly Archives: March 2017

Power Rangers

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 41 — Go Go, Power Rangers

In Episode 41 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob journeys back to 1993 to discuss the first-ever Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode before taking a close look at director Dean Israelite’s new film Power Rangers. Can this particular bit of nostalgia work as a modern superhero film? Let’s find out… It’s morphin’ time!

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the flash

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 40 — The Flash and Supergirl Finally ‘Duet’

In Episode 40 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob jets on over to The CW’s Central City for The Flash musical Supergirl crossover episode “Duet,” featuring Glee alum Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist and guest star Darren Criss. But first, Rob shares his thoughts on season 1 of a little up-and-coming show called Game of Thrones. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

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moonlight

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 39 — ‘Moonlight’: The Best Picture Heard ‘Round the World

In Episode 39 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob shares his nonchalant response to Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and the titular king of the apes. Then, he waxes poetic on director Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama Moonlight. From the tumult surrounding its shocking Best Picture win to the artistry involved in the film itself, Rob explains why the film was among his favorites released in 2016.

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Logan

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 38 — ‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman’s Grand X-Men Exit

In Episode 38 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob shares his belated thoughts on John Wick: Chapter Two, The LEGO Batman Movie and Get Out. Then, he sharpens his adamantium claws to review Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men film appearance as Wolverine in James Mangold’s intimately titled Logan. Is the actor’s swan song as the mutant hero a high note, or does he leave the series with a whimper?

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best films of 2016

Rob’s Top 10 Movies of 2016: Better Late Than Never Edition [UPDATED]

Yes, it’s March, and yes, this “best of 2016” list is way past due. But honestly, how could I in good conscience declare my 10 favorite films from last year without having seen future Oscar winners like La La Land and Moonlight (glad I waited for those!)? Becoming a first-time father in December certainly played a role in that delay as well, though that consequence is the least of the life-altering effects of parenthood.

That’s not to say that this list is now exhaustive by any means because I still haven’t seen anything. However, I do feel like I have a solid handle on most of the high-profile and highly acclaimed films of 2016. So at long last I’m getting around to sharing the 10 films that had the biggest impacts on me. I won’t necessarily say these were the “best” films released theatrically in 2016, but they were certainly the ones that I appreciated the most and which I look forward to revisiting in the future. Let’s do this! Continue reading