Category Archives: Pleasant Surprises

Why Terminator: Genisys Is a Good Movie

Terminator: Genisys ends the series on a high note by bringing back a lot of what made me love this series in the first place. It shows that all that stuff may be old, but it’ll never be obsolete. Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Penelope

Penelope is a whimsical little film about a girl who spends the first 25 years of her life with a pig snout for a nose. I thought it was bizarre the first time I saw it. But then I gave … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Scream 4

Why would I talk about a horror film like Scream 4 in January? Isn’t that more of an October thing? Well, it’s a new year with new rules. I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre. I enjoy Alien, … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Robots

Remember Robots – the most generically titled animated film until Cars came out the following year? I skipped it when it first came out because if the title was that uninspired I was sure the rest of the movie wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: High School Musical 2

I’m fascinated by High School Musical 2, not because it’s a particularly deep movie but because I absolutely love it. By all rights, I should hate it. It’s a TV movie that bridges the gap between two utterly forgettable (if … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Ernest Goes to Camp

Ernest Goes to Camp perfectly captures childhood in a way I’ve never seen another film pull off. I loved this movie as a kid because it spoke to me on a very personal level. That might sound strange because it’s … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

As a man who likes Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, I feel like I’m in on a huge secret. By that I mean that the book is a gem that is hiding in plain sight, and it requires … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Kung Fu Panda 2

I was extremely hesitant to see Kung Fu Panda 2 because I absolutely loved the first one. I know that seems odd, but I just didn’t think there was any point in trying to top perfection. Kung Fu Panda has … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: The Parent Trap (1998)

This is the second film I’ve reviewed in the Pleasant Surprises section, and it also happens to be the second film with a date in the title, the first being Star Trek (2009). I’ll try not to make a habit … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Star Trek (2009)

I didn’t expect to like Star Trek (2009) at all. I originally thought it sounded like a cheap gimmick to cash in on a popular franchise. The filmmakers had clearly run out of ideas for continuing the story, so why … Continue reading

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