Chris Cookson

Chris Cookson

I'm an animator who loved quirky, independent films and culinary oddities.

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  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★★

    There’s not quite enough material for the movie to fully reach the 90 minute mark, lots of padding with just comedians riffing about their memories of the store or walking the aisles and joking around. However there is a really great 30 minutes or so that is fascinating nested between all the filler. How the last remaining store originated as a mom and pop video store, seeing the current owner scour big box stores for movies and just how hard…

  • Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

    Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

    ★★½

    Probably would have been better suited at half-length as a special feature on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remake than it would a full documentary but still provides a nice sense for the impact this game had on the skate community.

    It mostly consists of interviews with professional skaters talking about how it was like when the game came out. There are a few Neversoft developers in here but not a lot of talk about the actual design of the…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Never have I been this floored by a movie or the potential a of what movie represents in more than a decade. The Irishman feels like looking in to the future, a representation of the types of stories we could be telling now with modern technology but decide not to in order to appeal to all four of those quadrants. It's a film that is as much a look forward as it is a look back. It represents a lot…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is absolutely everything the Force Awakens wasn’t. The entire film is motivated by a dramatic tension, the emotional stakes are just as operatic as the physical destruction and all the crowd pleasing moments are earned through the characters action and not pandering nostalgia. It feels nothing like any other Star Wars movie that came before it and that’s exactly why it’s possibly the best one in the series.

    I loved how the movie took major…