Pete Wright

Pete Wright

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Podcaster. Writer. Photographer. Co-host of The Next Reel Film Podcast.

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  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    ★★★½

    Best way to watch the Green Mile: Start 10 minutes in. Turn it off 10 minutes from the end. The flashback is silly.

    That out of the way, TGM still holds up and the whole UTI arc is, shall we say, “More impactful” at this point in my life than it ever has been before. Tom Hanks crushes urethral trauma.

    Helluva fairy tale even as the “magical negro,” which could not be more on display, is as tropy as ever.

  • The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?

    The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?

    The only way I could watch this was by way of MST3k on YouTube. Now that I’ve been through the whole thing, that was just about right. This is not a great movie, but it does have hypnosis, musical numbers, hipsters, and zombies. Maybe that’s all we ever need.

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  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    This is a film that simply must define a new measure in filmmaking. It’s the Dark Phoenix continuum... a measure that determines the distance between exceptionality of performers in a film on one end, and the equal exceptionality of the script on the other. And let me tell you friends, there is a significant gap between the two on this film. 

    I like everyone in this movie. There isn’t a single member of the cast — that portion of the…

  • High School Musical

    High School Musical

    Look, it wasn’t made for me. But I watched it. Because you know who was made for me? My kids. And one of them freaking adores this thing right now. Machine learning overlords constructed the script and music for this thing out of raw key changes and greed, and they directed it at a very specific demographic. My kiddo just aged right into the sweet spot. 

    Somehow I’d missed it. Somehow, my first kid just decided not to care. But the…