Discovering Type with Teens (Book Review)

If your school is like mine, you are struggling to keep classroom control at this stage in the year. We have just finished our state testing and the kids are thinking about Summer vacation every day. I am integrating Science more into the curriculum which is helping a lot. Weaving many different objectives into the day can help when the kids are “done” with their year, mentally anyway. We need a special ingredient to keep our lessons effective.

As with objectives and subject matter, psychological type is an important thing to weave into your plans. A new book just released, Discovering Type with Teens, is an amazing resource when looking into the different ways your students process information. Mollie Allen, Claire Hayman, and Kay Abella are the authors. They offer excelling assessment guides on learning exactly what “type” of kids you are teaching. Knowing this information can help through all parts of the year but certainly the last few weeks.

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#Horror

I hope all movies don’t follow the trend of using their genre hashtag as title, but here it is unique and pretty cool! Based on the content, it does fit. The woods are always a good place to start a horror movie. You wouldn’t think to find a rich girl’s fancy home there but in this case we do. What follows is a bloody film showing some of the worst girl bullying and maybe the most violent bonkers from Timothy Hutton we’ve yet seen.

#Horror (2015)
Not Rated | 1h 41min | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 20 November 2015 (USA)

Six preadolescent girls face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.
Director: Tara Subkoff
Writer: Tara Subkoff
Stars: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry

Director and writer Tara Subkoff gets kudos from me, even though this film is a bit predictable and not very credible. She’s been in some great movies like, The Cell, As Good as it Gets, and a host of others. This was her first try at directing and it takes a lot of chances which is commendable. Whether she learns from them for her next film will be the real test.

Lead actress, Sadie Seelert hasn’t gone to the trouble to put her info into IMDB, which annoys me a little. She does have one other film under her belt called Callie Wants a Solo. I’ve never heard of it. Young actress Haley Murphy has neglected her bio the same way but we do know she has done Silent House (2011), My Best Day (2012) and #Horror (2015). All the actresses are very pretty and they memorize their lines. Unfortunately, much of the film reminds me of a forced skit in drama class. Usually with horror though, one can get away with forced acting.

The film is basically the girls bullying each other on social media while alone in their parents’ house. People start mysteriously being killed and … yes there is an ending that reveals all. I enjoyed it in as much as it gave me a talking point with my 12 year old daughter. Even when the acting seemed fake, she did assure me girl her age engage in that.

Timothy Hutton plays one of the main character’s dad. He pushes the other girls, squeezes their arms and yells at them. His purpose is just but I did not find this character believable. If he was, I don’t think I’d ever let my daughters out of the house with their friends. Dad’s don’t just threaten their daughters’ friends like that. Still, the film was not horrible, I did enjoy watching it. It brought up a lot of good discussion points. Alot of us older folks (40 and upward) may have forgotten what peer pressure and bullying looks like. This is a modern reminder.

6/10

Ways to watch now:

As of publishing this, it was streaming on Netflix.

Also, #Horror is Streaming on Amazon Video for $2.99


My review #Horror appeared first on Riley on Film.

Riley’s Great 100 Films

These 100 amazing films are among my top favorites. Click the titles to read my reviews. I plan to publish another great 100 list in the future.

The Accountant (2016)
Across the Universe (2007)
Airplane! (1980)
Alien (1979)
Amadeus (1984)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Animal House (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Big Blue
Big Fish (2003)
Blade Runner (1982)
Braveheart (1995)
Breaking Away (1979)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Charly (1968)
Chimpanzee (2012 Documentary)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Conversation (1974)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Despicable Me (2010)
Devil (2010)
District 9 (2009)
Donnie Darko (2001)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Everything Must Go (2010)
Fargo (1996)
The Final Girls (2015)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Freaks (1932)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Godfather (1972)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Halloween (1978)
Harvey (1950)
High Fidelity (2000)
Hoosiers (1986)
Hugo (2011)
Imagine: John Lennon (1988 Documentary)
The Impossible (2012)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
An Innocent Man (1989)
Insidious (2010)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jaws (1975)
The Jerk (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Lean on Me (1989)
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
The Martian (2015)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Moonlight (2016)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Nacho Libre (2006)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Prometheus (2012)
Psycho (1960)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Red Rock West (1993)
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Robin Hood (1973)
Room (2015)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Saw (2004)
Say Anything… (1989)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Shallows (2016)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Signs (2002)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Silver Bullet (1985)
Sing Street (2016)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Stand by Me (1986)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Take Shelter (2011)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Thing (1982)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Tombstone (1993)
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Turbo Kid (2015)
Tusk (2014)
The Village (2004)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Wildlike (2014)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Riley’s Great 100 is also on imdb


My review Riley’s Great 100 Films appeared first on Riley on Film.

Two Lovers And a Bear (2016) – My Audio Review

Enter Hemingway, Melville, London … you will like what’s being served at this table. We’ve heard of nature being our indifferent enemy but what to do when that enemy is our own nature. We have not yet begun that process in film and literature, but it’s here in this film … along with a few others through the years.

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)
R | 1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2016 (USA)

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.
Director: Kim Nguyen
Writer: Kim Nguyen
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Tatiana Maslany, Gordon Pinsent

I almost always love the film when the director also wrote the film. In this case it is Kim Nguyen doing both artistic roles. My hat goes off to him, and I assume he wears a hat also because like me, he is shaved bald. (Gotta love the brother!). I don’t know much about him other than he is known for this and two other films and he is a Canadian: War Witch (2012), Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) and The Marsh (2002). I would put stock in him because this film is something quite different than we are used to seeing. Human v Nature/Human v Self. It’s a gritty psychological drama and God forbid IMDB plot keywords would let us toil in ignorance of these features:

“Plot Keywords: sex on table | sex scene | topless female nudity | female nudity”

Yes, Orphan Black star, Tatiana Maslany, bares her breasts. That’s the easy part of nature no one is too worried about.

All these facts plus the plot basically is two lovers at the North Pole in a barely functioning town. Why they are there is not explicitly mentioned, at least not as much as the breasts are displayed. 😉 There is something about an abusive father in her past and he … likes the drink and he likes the hard drink. Sometimes you gotta just go “right now.” Other times maybe your demons are better dealt with by a heater. This couple is fraught with demons and they decide it’s time to go into the snow, into the storm but not without the help of a very helpful? bear. Dane DeHaan seems to like him. BTW DeHaan is there and does a good job as such. Not much more is needed from the, I wonder if he even likes the White Stripes.

This is no family movie. It’s also not a sweet romance, unless you think of Moby Dick as romantic. Having said that, there is a lot to think about romance here, maybe how “not” to support a lover with baggage. For a gritty tale of love? turmoil and t*** on a table, I do recommend.

9/10

Streaming on Amazon video for $3.99

At time of publishing, July 2017, this film is streaming on Netflix.

My text-based review above was published first on my blog Riley on Film

Diary Entry: July 13, 2017 at 09:05PM

This photo of two strangers to me reminded me how lucky I am to have an awesome cool wife. Tomorrow we are going on a date night to see “The Big Sick.” When we first met she was a waitress and I would come in and get breakfast at her place.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

In Spider-Man movies there are constants and there are variables. This film is no different from any previous reboot or sequel that way. The variables are basically that, Peter Parker is a junior in high school. He’s in love with Liz, not Mary Jane. There a new villain named Falcon and the entire film revolves around the Avengers and Tony Stark. See, there are some difference even though it’s another Spidey flick.


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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 7 July 2017 (USA)

Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 10 more credits
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

I used to be put off by superhero movies because of the gargantuan budgets they burned up. I’ve recovered from that now. I go into them like a 16 year old kid just wanting to be entertained and you know what I am much much happier! Having said that, just like always, I am in shock about how much money was burned to make this film. No doubt they will make it back, so it’s ok. It is exciting and there is a lot to awe at. The effects alone are worth a ticket. The story is where I struggled. There are a few twists that you may find to be poor-writing as I did. I won’t get into spoilers but they revolve around a certain un-named-here family member of Liz.

The director is known for Cop Car (2015) and was born in 1981. Nothing wrong in being a young director.

The cast is a palette of thousands along with the 12 credited writers. The main three are Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and Robert Downey Jr. Tom Holland reminded me so much of Lee Evans in Mouse Hunt:

You might also remember him from There’s Something About Mary

Holland was great: young, little, eager, wiry. I loved him alongside Naomi Watts’ as her oldest son in the Impossible.

He has come a long way! I don’t know what else to say. There won’t be an Oscar but hey this is Spider-Man, WHO CARES? He kicked ass. Go Holland.

Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton were just themselves playing the roles we are used to from them. No changes or surprises. Notwithstanding, great!

For comic book fans and people just out to have a fun Summer day at the theaters, I recommend this to you. It’s not perfect but I know most will not mind that, I didn’t.

9/10

My written text of this episode appeared first at my text-based site Riley on Film.

A Few More Thoughts on Blogging

So what’s a good blog? Well, that depends on your tastes. There are, however, some absolutes. Through nearly a year at this, I have learned a good blog worthy of being read is at LEAST the following:

What is blogging?  Some would say it’s the most effective digital signage and an advertiser’s dream. I see it as that, yet so much more. On New Year’s Day of 2007, I wrote a post called “Blogging is a Fad, Good Writing Isn’t.” It’s been nearly a while since that post and I must say the amount I’ve read and learned in the blogosphere is staggering. I had no idea when I started that this hobby would have so much of an allure for me. I’ve read upwards of 500 blogs since then, written 417 posts of my own (and counting) and studied several hundred blogs very closely in this span of months. I’ve learned a lot about what’s out there and how blogging works for me as an ever-morphing trend.

Some tips I could give are common sense and others are borne out of PAIN, sheer PAIN. But whatever doesn’t kill us at blogging only makes us stronger. I think it’s important to retract my statement I made back then because I now think “trend” is a better definition. People are talking to each other through blogging and that is a trend that I hope never fades as a fad always will.

So what’s a good blog? Well, that depends on your tastes. There are, however, some absolutes. Through nearly a year at this, I have learned a good blog worthy of being read is at LEAST the following:

1) Entertaining – the writing or pictures hold your interest and the blog has a reputation for consistently putting out language or other medium that entertains the reader. There is a fine line between trivial and stupid stuff. That’s where your artistic license makes or breaks your blog. Even an online diary as such has it’s parameters and marketing challenges.

2) Regularly updated – The definition of this varies. I say it should be updated 3 times a week minimum. NOTE: Over posting is possible and this is simply a guideline. It’s kind of like when your mother said: “Clean your room and like it.” You can fake liking it just as much as you can fake an entertaining blog post. Keep inspiration and planning more important than frequency of posting, but CLEAN THE ROOM and LIKE IT! If you take my meaning.

3) Full of pictures – This is a recent realization. Blogs without pictures are just usually not as good, although there are exceptions as with anything. I’m not saying it has to be a photoblog, as mine seems to be becoming, every post, but consider that images engage the reader.

4) Consistent with content – As someone who changes his theme frequently, I need to make the distinction about consistency with content and consistency with appearance. Blogs should put out consistently good content that has items 1-3 above in them. When I come across a blog, I want to know it has been consistent if I am going to hang around.

5) Written by an accessible author – One of the best things about blogging is the way we can connect with people we respect. Stars have blogs (Rosie comes to mind) and people more and more are learning that stars can be “touched” through the blog medium and it doesn’t bother them! In fact, some like it! Though blog authors are not “stars” per se, they are perceived as such by most interested readers. Therefore, authors should respond to questions in comments and provide a contact page. Comments are the lifeblood of a good blog. Another way to be accessible and “known” is to read other blogs regularly.

6) Last, decorated with some semblance of personality. There is so much to put on a blog: widgets, plugins, themes, headers, colors . . . good blogs use at least some of these things. This is how we all learn what is out there.

To close: If you blog, don’t blog mediocre, unfeeling posts. Use Twitter if you want to say what you are doing in ordinary language at 08 hundred hours, for example.

Save the blog as “holy” for posts that are entertaining, inspired, with pictures, consistent with quality content, accessible through comments or other contact interface, and decorated with a theme and widget set that reflects YOU. If you are trying to do those 6 things, PLEASE let me know your URI because I for ONE will subscribe to your blog!

Also in doing these things, I think we conscientious bloggers will do our part to save blogging from becoming a fad and keep it the miraculous trend of “people talking to each other” that it has been since the online diarists began the first blogs in the mid 90’s. Blog on and keep the faith!

From Graduation to Jan 2009

In this age of Facebook and MySpace, I regularly get friend requests from old friends who want to know what I have been up to. The first few that asked several years ago, I wrote long emails to. Since then my “catching up” emails have gotten progressively shorter. Whether it’s the baby needing changing or just a flood of emails I have to return, there is usually no time to share what’s been happening with me since high school. For that reason, I’ve written this post. In a way it’s a bio … but more casual and more personal.

1987-1997
Since this is 20 years total, I’ll cut it into chapters … Part 1:
Ch. 1 Rock-n-Roll – I played in my band the 63 Lipless Fish until 1992 off and on. In 1991 I approached Dave Sharp, guitarist of the 80’s alt rock band “The Alarm,” at a show he played at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. In that approach, I made him a business proposition to produce one of our songs. In the next two years, he produced 2 with us and I hung out with him playing a coffee house and a few bars. He was and still is one of my heroes. That time was priceless for me. My apologies go out to my faithful band, we never became famous as I had promised.

Ch. 2 Back to School – I begrudgingly gave up my rock dreams and enrolled in college at 22. College fit me. I had my Master’s in English from Cal State Fullerton by 1998. This included a summer spent living in Mexico studying Spanish conversation at UAG.

Ch. 3 Fifth Grade Teacher – After that I subbed while looking into PhD programs. I wanted to teach college writing. Santa Ana Unified offerred me a contract teaching on an emergency credential and that began a long strange road of learning more than I ever thought I’d know about teaching. It was sink or swim. I sank at first, but somehow lived. Actually, I thrived and started what would become my current long-term career.

Ch. 4 Night School – I spent countless hours at National University getting my credential cleared.

Ch. 5 Coffee Houses and Bars – I stayed true to my wanderlust for places to play and sing in. I remember them all fondly. I played quite a few places in this decade.

1998-2009
Okay, now in pt. 2 we’re flash forward to 1998!
Ch. 6 High School and College Teacher – I taught one year of high school remedial English. Some kids were great, others carved bad Mexican words in my door. I also commuted and taught evening writing classes at Saddleback College. I did that for one semester before burn out set it like I really shouldn’t try to explain.

Ch. 7 Pizza Enterprise – I decided to leave teaching and try and make huge bonuses as a Tricon manager for Pizza Hut. I was the general manager in Dana Point from 2000-2002. Some of you may have seen me :) Guess what? The first bonus was nice but the second was NOT. By not, I mean NOT. I missed teaching and started working back to it.

Ch. 8 Adelanto Move Forward to Teach – I got an email from EDjoin about a 5th grade teaching job in a place called “Adelanto, CA” The word actually means “move forward” in Spanish. I felt it was calling my name so I drove 80 miles to the interview and was hired the same day. I had 5 other interviews scheduled in places like Long Beach, La Mirada, and Mission Viejo but I was done, I knew this would be my new home in the High Desert.

Ch. 9 High Desert Princess and Prince – I met my lovely high desert princess Sarah Youngs(Riley) on Yahoo! Personals. She is a bit younger than me (9 year gap). I was looking for a friend in this new place as was she. Her son was a Prince at 4 and almost instantly became my sidekick and son as well. At time of writing this he is 10 now and our girls are 4 and 18 mos. They’re all peaches!

Ch 10. Online Enterprise – I’ve been blogging since December of 2006 and written down many of my thoughts about life. I’ve also turned it into a business making upwards of $400 a month. In that respect, my bonuses are even better than the second year at Pizza Hut :)

Believe it or not, that’s the short version. I’d love to get in touch with my old friends from social networks. please leave me a comment or an email and let me know what your journey has been like.

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

Enter Hemingway, Melville, London … you will like what’s being served at this table. We’ve heard of nature being our indifferent enemy but what to do when that enemy is our own nature. We have not yet begun that process in film and literature, but it’s here in this film … along with a few others through the years.

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)
R | 1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2016 (USA)

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.
Director: Kim Nguyen
Writer: Kim Nguyen
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Tatiana Maslany, Gordon Pinsent

I almost always love the film when the director also wrote the film. In this case it is Kim Nguyen doing both artistic roles. My hat goes off to him, and I assume he wears a hat also because like me, he is shaved bald. (Gotta love the brother!). I don’t know much about him other than he is known for this and two other films and he is a Canadian: War Witch (2012), Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) and The Marsh (2002). I would put stock in him because this film is something quite different than we are used to seeing. Human v Nature/Human v Self. It’s a gritty psychological drama and God forbid IMDB plot keywords would let us toil in ignorance of these features:

“Plot Keywords: sex on table | sex scene | topless female nudity | female nudity”

Yes, Orphan Black star, Tatiana Maslany, bares her breasts. That’s the easy part of nature no one is too worried about.

All these facts plus the plot basically is two lovers at the North Pole in a barely functioning town. Why they are there is not explicitly mentioned, at least not as much as the breasts are displayed. 😉 There is something about an abusive father in her past and he … likes the drink and he likes the hard drink. Sometimes you gotta just go “right now.” Other times maybe your demons are better dealt with by a heater. This couple is fraught with demons and they decide it’s time to go into the snow, into the storm but not without the help of a very helpful? bear. Dane DeHaan seems to like him. BTW DeHaan is there and does a good job as such. Not much more is needed from the, I wonder if he even likes the White Stripes.

This is no family movie. It’s also not a sweet romance, unless you think of Moby Dick as romantic. Having said that, there is a lot to think about romance here, maybe how “not” to support a lover with baggage. For a gritty tale of love? turmoil and t*** on a table, I do recommend.

9/10

Streaming on Amazon video for $3.99

At time of publishing, July 2017, this film is streaming on Netflix.


My review Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) appeared first on Riley on Film.

Online Diary Entry – 7/11/2017 – The DRP and Breaks

Scents have a hedonic component that can bring back volumes of memories in one accidental whiff. The other day I smelled something in an old drawer that reminded me of hotels and I set things in motion to take a vacation. It’s my belief that I will not do anything of value unless I have a clear mind, rested via vacation and doing nothing. Until the first week of August, that’s what I’m doing for myself.

Probably the coolest thing I’ve developed this Summer has been my podcast, the DRP. It stands for “The Damien Riley Podcast.” On it, I review movies and share bits of my online diary. This is a combination of using my podcasting skills along with my daily writing/blogging skills. I read my favorite posts into a file and add intro/outro music. So far, these short little podcasts are doing quite well, some weeks having well over 100 listens and downloads from itunes and Podomatic. This sort of thing has to evolve and is impossible to invent while I am working hard in my contract year as a teacher. I will probably be able to keep it going though because I have organized it to be so simple.

You can hear how it’s coming along at damienriley.com

What have you been up to?

Damien Scott

A Reminder of Why Sports are Good for Kids

I was entertained by my son’s game tonight.  It had just as much excitement as an NBA courtside seat.  My son did great.  This was his first real competitive game at age 10 and I was so impressed to see him get out there and get his workout.  Since I’m new to this I may be preaching to the choir.  Before I get to the list, let me recommend a link to you:

Step aside big insurance companies, there a lesser known company with less flash online.  I recommend you try them for your auto insurance needs.  They are: New Hampshire auto insurance.

Back to my son’s game: His coaches have trained the team to clap for each other.  They do this when someone scores and even when they shoot and miss.  It was really neat to see these one decade old people having such a habit of encouragement.  I think sports are great for a myriad of reasons but after watching the game tonight, here’s what came to mind:  Sports are good for kids because,

  1. The reveal character
  2. They teach you how to work with others.
  3. They teach you the importance of strategy.
  4. You can escape the drama of 5th grade and get out on the court.
  5. They keep you physically active and mentally sharp.

He’ll be playing at the high school soon as that is where they play their championship games.  I’ll try and get some photos and share with you how cool his games are.

Give in Love :: It Holds the World Together

This weekly podcast was inspired by “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When we give in love and not expect anything in return, we add the stuff that holds it together.

This weekly podcast was inspired by “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  When we give in love and not expect anything in return, we add the stuff that holds it together.  I’ll let the rest of this 5 minute podcast speak for itself this week.  Thanks for listening.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

In Spider-Man movies there are constants and there are variables. This film is no different from any previous reboot or sequel that way. The variables are basically that, Peter Parker is a junior in high school. He’s in love with Liz, not Mary Jane. There a new villain named Falcon and the entire film revolves around the Avengers and Tony Stark. See, there are some difference even though it’s another Spidey flick.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
PG-13 | 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 7 July 2017 (USA)

Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 10 more credits
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

I used to be put off by superhero movies because of the gargantuan budgets they burned up. I’ve recovered from that now. I go into them like a 16 year old kid just wanting to be entertained and you know what I am much much happier! Having said that, just like always, I am in shock about how much money was burned to make this film. No doubt they will make it back, so it’s ok. It is exciting and there is a lot to awe at. The effects alone are worth a ticket. The story is where I struggled. There are a few twists that you may find to be poor-writing as I did. I won’t get into spoilers but they revolve around a certain un-named-here family member of Liz.

The director is known for Cop Car (2015) and was born in 1981. Nothing wrong in being a young director.

The cast is a palette of thousands along with the 12 credited writers. The main three are Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and Robert Downey Jr. Tom Holland reminded me so much of Lee Evans in Mouse Hunt:

You might also remember him from There’s Something About Mary

Holland was great: young, little, eager, wiry. I loved him alongside Naomi Watts’ as her oldest son in the Impossible.

He has come a long way! I don’t know what else to say. There won’t be an Oscar but hey this is Spider-Man, WHO CARES? He kicked ass. Go Holland.

Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton were just themselves playing the roles we are used to from them. No changes or surprises. Notwithstanding, great!

For comic book fans and people just out to have a fun Summer day at the theaters, I recommend this to you. It’s not perfect but I know most will not mind that, I didn’t.

9/10


My review Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) appeared first on Riley on Film.