July 20th Weekend Predictions & Predilections

Opening this Weekend

Mamma Mia!:  Here We Go Again

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Ant-Man and the Wasp review

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You’ve changed, man!  It used to be about the ants!

by Thom Yee

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Ant-Man and the Wasp images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

I was actually pretty fired up for the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp last weekend.  Which was strange because the original Ant-Man was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that let me down [and that’s not even mentioning how unlikely it is for me to be excited about anything in the first place].  I think part of my excitement stemmed from how much more I’d gotten into the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the release of Avengers:  Infinity War a scant two months (and change) ago, but if we’re being honest with each other, you and I, here at the end of all things (as it always feels like lately), I think the main reason for my expanded excitement for Ant-Man and the Wasp (See what I did there?  Expanded?  Because he grows?) was because, as much as Ant-Man let me down and as hard as I was on it in my original review, I like that first Ant-Man movie quite a bit now.  Certainly more than my three (of five) star review might suggest.  In retrospect, Ant-Man is a real good, solid movie.  It’s got solid characters, innovative action scenes, and some pretty decent laughs.

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Metamorphosis review

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The environment?  Are people still worrying about that thing?  Sad

by Thom Yee

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Metamorphosis images courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

I’m never going to have children.  Now you don’t know me and I don’t know you (probably), there are a variety of perfectly natural reasons why any normal person might make a decision like that, and, from the outside, hearing that might even seem like a good thing.  With a near quadrupling of the world’s population in the course of the last 80 years, it might actually be okay if more and more of us choose against having children simply from the perspective of our finite natural resources.  But trust me when I say that my decision against having children doesn’t come from a good or helpful place.  Diseases long thought eradicated are coming back while other, more present-day maladies are surely and steadily becoming untreatable.  Mass shootings, especially at schools, happen at such an alarming rate that they’re no longer raising that many alarms.  One of the biggest nations in the world made the least informed, most deliberately manipulated, and most destructive decisions it possibly could have in selecting its new leader.  Anthony Bourdain is dead.  In the same year that Stephen Hawking died.  Kids are eating Tide PODS®.  It feels like every direction we could turn to, things are getting worse and worse and often almost willfully more stupid.  Just about the last thing I would want to do is leave someone I care about and am responsible for trapped on this doomed, morally bankrupt, gangster-haunted planet.

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