“Tiger King”

7.2

Good lord… that got weird. Just when you think it can’t get any worse or lower the bar any further, it happens. Cat people, man… the lunacy of the exotic animal trade/polygamy world is on full display for all parts of this documentary.

Lessons learned :

1. Don’t hire a hit man to hire a hit man to kill your business nemesis.

2. Much like Ron Burgundy reads anything on the teleprompter, a tiger will eat anything covered in sardine oil.

3. A jet ski slow-mo entrance set to “eye of the tiger” can make even the biggest doofus look badass.

“Banana Split”

7.1

There’s a dick joke in there somewhere… because his banana is split between two girls… get it? Boom goes the dynamite. In the meantime, back to the review!

Relationships are messy. So is this movie. Basically a love triangle, similar to “the other woman,” but instead of seeking revenge, one of the women is trying to get rid of the other and win back her ex? All the while Zack or Cody (not sure which one) is living a pretty suite life, as 2 gorgeous ladies fight over him while trying to be friends and get revenge on him… I think. And the redheaded best friend gets the short end of every stick. And a black eye to cap off a string of bad luck. The little sister steals the show by throwing some stupendous shade at the dinner table.

Your fairly typical “summer after senior year coming of age story.” Some solid laughs and some strong heart. Also, made me really want a banana split.

“McMillions”

8.7

Wow… between this and “Chernobyl”… HBO’s docuseries are knocking it out of the park! The characters and story here are the stuff Hollywood only dreams about. Agent Matthews steals the show, though. He was born to break this case. You’ll spend six episodes on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next twist and turn to this epic tale of deceit. You’ll also never look at McDonalds or Monopoly the same way ever again.

“Julie and Julia”

7.8

As a fellow blogger, I could relate to the intimidation of a blank screen. It’s always a joy to witness a story about someone finding a passion to devote even a portion of their life to. An added bonus to see it impact the lives of others. Watching these parallel tales unfold, trials and tribulations abound, to emerge triumphant and changed as people, is a beautifully inspiring effect a film can have. Never can go wrong with Amy Adams.