Ryan Knopp


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: August 21, 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: August 4, 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: July 16, 2020
July 4, 2020
| 2019 | Directed by J.J. Abrams

This was a fun film to watch and ended the nine-film series on a good note. I felt the storyline was a little lacking but the graphics and fighting were top-notch. The music and sound effects made the whole movie fun to watch. I feel like the people who are criticizing this film were expecting way more than any of the past Star Wars films ever delivered. I was surprised to see Carrie Fisher in the movie since she passed away during the last movie. I found out they used old footage from some previous movies. I felt like they tied that in very well. I will watch this movie again, maybe with a nine movie Star Wars movie binge.

Updated: July 4, 2020
June 1, 2020
| 2020 | Directed by Dan Scanlon

Amazing Pixar film about siblings and an incredible bond they can share. It was very well written with amazing visuals and effects. The adventures the brother takes in hopes to see their dad one last time was something you would see out of a fantasy book. While some storylines were predictable, it was still an amazing story with a wonderful ending. It’s going to be one of those movies that I will probably be watching multiple times.

Updated: June 15, 2020
May 31, 2020
| 2020 | Directed by Tyler Spindel

I went into this movie knowing that it was going to be a stupid comedy, think Happy Gilmore, Anger Management, etc. I found this movie not to be that funny, the main character “Missy” was just over the top ridiculous. I’m pretty sure that was the point but It was just too much for me. Most of the things she did weren’t that funny. I found the HR guy and Tim Morris (played by David Spade) to be pretty funny at times but not enough to save the movie.

Updated: June 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
| 2000 | Directed by Joel Coen

I initially watched this movie when it came out back in 2000. My memory was that it was hilarious and had an awesome soundtrack. I remember it being one of the better comedies that I had seen in a while. I even purchased the soundtrack but I can’t seem to locate the CD. Rewatching this, however, gives me a different opinion. The soundtrack is still great, it was funny and witty in places, but the movie itself didn’t live up to my prior expectation. If you have never seen the movie and like witty comedy, I would still recommend it.

Updated: June 15, 2020