Ryan Knopp

Reviews

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
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
July 19, 2020
| 2014 | Written by George Beahm

Being a big Stephen King fan I was hoping for a book that will give me a look into this author’s life. This book does that, it adds a bit more than the book “On Writing” that Stephen King wrote himself. This book talks about his childhood and his inspiration on some of his writings and some of his pitfalls when it came to publishing his first book and movie rights. It was a great book if you want to see behind the mind of the man who wrote some of the best horror books. One gripe I had with this book was that it repeated itself a lot. You would hear the same story multiple times, it’s like he wanted a bigger book, so he copied and paste some of the stories again throughout the book. I felt the book could have been half the size and you wouldn’t have lost anything. One example of this happening is that he would tell us a story about a specific book that King wrote then tell us the same story when he talked about the movie version of that same book. He would then tell us the same story when he talked about the reissue of this book. It got old. That being said if you just want one book about King I would suggest “On Writing” if you read that and want more than this will suffice.

Updated: December 3, 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: December 3, 2020
June 9, 2020
| 2020

The show was set in the 90s and is a conflict between two mothers living two different lives. Elena played by Reese Witherspoon lives an entitled life that she seems to control. Mia played by Kerry Washington is a protective mother who tries to do the right thing. The show reminded me a lot like the show Big Little Lies which Reese Witherspoon also plays in with a character similar to Elena. The acting was wonderful, and they all seem to play their roles quite well. The story can be pretty emotional at times when they hit sensitive topics like abortion and class entitlement. The closer you got to the end of the series the more it grabbed you with the unexpected ending being very satisfying.

Updated: December 3, 2020