Columns and Reviews by Gini Koch

Reviewing “SPECTRE” James Bond delivers once again, despite a few plot machinations that fail to resonate


This movie was all formula, twist included.The problem with that is they allowed me to notice how ridiculous certain things were. But it’s still a typical Bond movie: lots of action, amazing stunts, cackling bad guys, beautiful women, and Bond doing Bond things for Queen, Country, and MI6. If you like spy movies, then you probably like James Bond, and that means, issues or not, you’ll probably enjoy this movie. Issues and all, I did.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Steve Jobs” Great acting and fascinating characters alone don't make a completely satisfying moviegoing experience

Steve Jobs the Movie

The acting is great. No, make that stellar. This is a movie that should be shown in acting classes, to show aspiring actors how to do it all right. Every single actor is amazing. But the movie truly doesn’t work for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is that there is no real beginning and there is no real end. There is only middle.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” The action plus the humor brings fans full circle back to the first film

Mission: Impossible 5

I went into Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with the expectation that I’d enjoy it, but no expectation of loving it. But love it I did. This is the fifth Mission: Impossible film, and while you’ll love the nods to the previous movies if you’ve seen them, if you haven’t, you can still walk into this movie cold and be caught up and entertained.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Inside Out” An entertaining movie that could have been outstanding, if different emotions had been in the story

Disney-Pixar Inside Out

The movie is very entertaining, but it’s far more entertaining for adults than children. Riley is eleven, and I wouldn’t recommend this movie for kids under eight, due to a variety of fairly heavy and depressing things that happen. Yes, there’s a happy ending, but things get slow and sad more than once.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” A Marvel fan's expectations were not fully met, not even close

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

True Confession: This is not a review for those who are going to see this movie regardless of what I, or any other reviewer, say. Meaning it’s probably not for most of the world. However, it’s definitely for those on the fence about this movie and for those who feel they might just be burning out a teensy bit on superhero anything.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Furious 7″ Breaking the laws of physics makes it scifi, and makes it fun

Furious 7

I’m not going to these movies to see real life. I’m going to be entertained, and these movies are definitely entertaining.

It helps if you’ve seen the other six movies in this franchise, but it’s not a requirement – the opening minutes of Furious Seven will catch you up on what’s pertinent. However, if you haven’t seen the other movies, this review has spoilers for them in it.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Knights of Badassdom” Maybe development hell is also a sign of the apocalypse

Knights of Badassdom

The hubs and I saw the Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the movie Knights of Badassdom years ago now. Basically, it’s supposed to be Galaxy Quest for the Live Action Role Play set. We literally could not wait to see this movie. We got home from Comic-Con and eagerly awaited the release.

But the movie was held up in some sort of development hell, and wasn’t released for years. It’s on Netflix now. So, the question is: Was it worth the wait?

Sadly, no.   [Read more…]