Ryan Knopp


May 19, 2021
| 2021 | Directed by Craig Brewer

This movie wasn’t that great. If you never saw the original Coming to America you probably wouldn’t have made it all the way thru. It felt like it was just forced and rushed thru. The jokes didn’t land, they tried to make references to the old movie that just didn’t play out well. I did watch the original before this one to make sure I got all the subtle references, and they were there, but it just didn’t stick. The original I felt like pushed the social boundary a bit in its day (i.e., nudity in the ’80s and so forth), this movie did none of that.

Updated: May 18, 2021
March 25, 2021
| 2019 | Directed by Ericson Core

If you like dogs then this is the movie for you. This movie is factly based on a dog sled relay team delivering medicine to a remote town of Alaska for a diphtheria outbreak. This movie focused on one dog who took it upon itself to help with this run. The movie was very entertaining, kept you on the edge of your seat at times. There were some drama and comedy sprinkled in at times. I have watched this movie twice now, both times nearly in tears. I highly recommend it.

Updated: March 24, 2021
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
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
August 22, 2020
| 2017 | Directed by Craig Gillespie

Growing up in the Portland Oregon area and at one point living down the street from Tonya Harding I was excited to see a movie about her. Not knowing many details this movie sheds a lot of what happened. Also, it showed how much the media can make things into what they are not. The actor/actresses they used to portray the actual person was spot on. The story was well written, the acting was pretty good, at some points the actors/actresses would break the 4th wall and talk right to you which I felt helped the story. I fully enjoyed it, I never realized Tonya Harding came from a very poor childhood and had to make her skating outfits. I feel like going from a poor family and making it to the Olympics is almost a story in itself.

Updated: December 4, 2020
August 4, 2020
| 2020 | Directed by Thomas Kail

This Hamilton performance was recorded and released as a movie and it was wonderful. I wish they will do this more with live performances. I felt like I was there at the theater watching it. This musical talks about the life of Alexander Hamilton and the starting of The United State of America. The music is a mix of R&B, Rap, and some show tunes and was very catchy at times making you kind of dance on the couch. It was one of those movies in which I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen, being enthralled by the dancing, choreography, and singing. Even If you don’t like live theater, I would still recommend it. The movie was over two and half hours but didn’t seem that long to me. The second half I felt was better than the first half. I would watch this movie again, and then maybe again.

Updated: December 3, 2020
July 25, 2020
| 2020 | Directed by Max Barbakow

This is a comedy about a couple of characters who relive the same day over and over again. Think Groundhog Day . Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) were two wedding guests who ended up in a time loop in which they repeat the same day over and over again. The CGI was lackluster but the comedy by far made up for it. The first half of the movie was pretty good with unique scenarios but the second half was kind of lackluster, it’s like they ran out of ideas. If you are looking for a great romantic comedy you will not be disappointed.

Updated: December 3, 2020