Ryan Knopp


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
June 4, 2020
| 2010 | Written by Ben Macintyre

This book was pretty amazing as it told the story of Operation Mincemeat. It had me at the end of my seat at times. I went into this book knowing nothing about this operation and the fact that it worked was pretty amazing in itself. The book did drag on at times but it also gave the backgrounds and the motivations of all the people who were involved. Ian Flemming (author of the Bond series) played a part in this, which inspired some of his books. The ending could have been cut short, it went on talking about all the books and movies that were made and/or filmed from this operation. I felt like this was kind of unnecessary.

Updated: December 3, 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: December 3, 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: December 3, 2020
May 21, 2020
| 2019

This show is about a “me too” incident involving a co-host and the power between the executives and the producers/hosts. It kind of shows you how the advertisement and the owners of the networks dictates what happens on the media. The “me too” aspect of this series I felt was pretty well-rounded between the female and male point of views. The show was very dynamic with complex emotions on all sides. The acting was amazing and the story was interesting.

Updated: December 3, 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: December 3, 2020
April 28, 2020
| 2019 | Written by Keith C. Blackmore

This is a great continuation of one of my favorite zombie apocalypse series that I thought wrapped up with the 4th book Well Fed (Mountain Man 4) . I like the character writing, and the Gus and Collie pair seems to be nailing it. The book ended with me hoping for more. If you haven’t read the series, I would start with book 1 Mountain Man .

Updated: December 3, 2020