Ryan Knopp

Reviews

January 8, 2021
| 2020 | Directed by Aaron Schneider

This was a very entertaining and intense movie that kept you mostly on your seat for most of the movie. Tom Hanks who played Captain Krause did a fantastic job like always. I felt the movie was a little short, they compressed an intense 48hr time frame into 2 hours which to me felt like they left too much out. There wasn’t much gore or blood and limited swearing. You can get the feel of how intense this scenario could be. If I had to compare it to another movie U-571 would be very similar.

Updated: January 4, 2021
January 5, 2021
| 2020 | Directed by Pete Docter

I’m a big Pixar fan, however, I was wondering how well this movie will fair since John Lasseter left. I don’t think they missed a step here. This movie was another fantastic Pixar film. It’s kind of reminded me a little of Coco. The imaging, styling was spot on. The storyline was unique, but the ending was very satisfying. Not sure younger kids will understand the adult messaging in this movie. The movie does come with a very important message about life. If you are a Pixar fan like me this movie will not disappoint.

Updated: January 4, 2021
December 12, 2020
| 2018 | Directed by Kyle Newacheck

It was a dumb movie, fun to watch, and it was pretty hilarious at times. The film doesn’t take itself seriously, which is a plus. There are some male nudity, exploding dogs, and lots of gross raunchy scenes. I feel like it kind of falls flat if you compare it to other movies like it, Hangover being one of them. If I had a choice to watch Hangover or “Game Over, Man” again, I would choose Hangover. If you like Hangover and haven’t seen this film, I would watch it. It’s pretty hard to explain coming from a computer engineer. I would just view it.

Updated: December 4, 2020
December 10, 2020
| 2019 | Directed by Olivia Wilde

I went into this movie, not knowing what to expect. It popped up on our movie feed and looked like it was going to be a good comedy. It reminded me of the movie American Pie or even Superbad, but I felt like it couldn’t pull it off like those other two movies. This film just fell flat each time they tried to tell a joke. I was looking at other reviews of it, and critics were giving it high praise. I guess I just don’t get it. I’m not the target audience, maybe?

Updated: December 4, 2020
December 6, 2020
| 1997-2010

I remember watching a few episodes of this series back when it was originally being aired and found it quite funny. I decided to watch all 13 seasons of it and see if I found it nearly as funny today. The series starts slowing in season one but picks up about mid to late season two. I feel like it’s prime is between season two and season six, maybe seven. You have some great episodes in those seasons. I was nearly falling out of my chair laughing (pocket sand!). It starts going downhill about season 8 and then just maintain a ‘meh’ moment which some funny one-liners but nothing like before. The series ends without really any conclusion it was like they didn’t know they were going to be canceled. I wouldn’t recommend watching it if you do want to watch it I would save yourself some time and stop at season seven or eight.

Updated: December 4, 2020
December 3, 2020
| 2016-2020

I liked the storyline of this show. It’s a wonderful light-hearted comedy that gives you some life lessons along the way. The four-season show didn’t have any low points as it started strong and stayed that way with some twists along the way. It was a very imaginative show that went a different direction than most recent shows tend to take a no crude jokes very innocent humor. It was pleasing to watch. The final two shows closed the series out quite well. While I probably wouldn’t watch the series again, I would recommend it if someone needed a new series to watch.

Updated: December 3, 2020
November 18, 2020
| 2016 | Written by David E. Hoffman

I enjoyed this book. It follows the life of a Russian spy (Adolf Tolkachev) that defected from Russia during the Cold War and wanted to help the CIA. Over time, it turns out this particular spy was the most valuable asset the CIA had due to all the information he was handing over. This information over time changed the course of the U.S. Military. I found this book very fascinating, and what lengths Tolkachev and the CIA went to avoid KGB detection were remarkable. There were times when the book kind of repeated itself to the point where I thought maybe I already read this page, but overall it was exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat.

Updated: December 3, 2020
November 12, 2020
| 2020 | Directed by Jason Woliner

I don’t remember liking the first Borat movie as much as I enjoyed this one. The thing that impresses me with this movie is how there are only really two actors, and the rest of the people are not part of the gag. Being able to pull off a Giuliani interview, crashing a CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) that Pence was hosting, living with some political extremist for a week, this list goes on, while being able to stay in character the entire time. I feel like this movie played in the 2020 events quite well. You will need to have an open mind when watching this as it’s not for people who are easily offended. I may have to rewatch the first one again.

Updated: December 3, 2020
September 27, 2020
| 1995 | Written by Bill Gates

This book did not age well. I do not recommend it today. It was published in 1995 and Bill Gates try’s to predict the future. The prediction was mostly spot on with computers being the size of your pocket and the internet being a vast place of information. It was a very dry read, which made it kind of difficult to stay focus on it. It kind of reminds me of a college textbook.

Updated: December 3, 2020
August 26, 2020
| 2006 | Written by Julia Child

While this book might be a great biography for some people, I just couldn’t get into it. To be honest I’m not much of a cook and don’t like doing it. In the book when she talks about experimenting with certain food items and all I could think was “That sounds so boring”. I think the book was written well and makes me want to go to France. The process of how she made some recipes was interesting, especially when she had to transform them from a French audience to an American audience. In America, we don’t have certain ingredients and some ingredients are made differently like flour, plus Americans like larger portion sizes. While I rated this book pretty low it was mostly because I wasn’t the intended audience, I felt like if I was more into cooking it would have influenced the score differently.

Updated: December 3, 2020