It covers a shocking number of topics with intentionality and care.

Sound of Metal movie poster | Amazon Studios
Sound of Metal movie poster | Amazon Studios
Sound of Metal movie poster | Amazon Studios

I have to be honest. I did not want to watch this movie. Of all the Oscar-nominated films that we’re watching and reviewing on The Strategic Whimsy Experiment, this is the one that I was dreading.

I have many interests, two of them being music and American Sign Language. There was a point in time when I was planning on double-degreeing in both of these subjects.

For years, I spent time learning ASL and being part of the Deaf community. …


A convoluted and confusing mystery that has yet to be solved.

This is a Robbery poster | Netflix
This is a Robbery poster | Netflix
This is a Robbery poster | Netflix

On March 18, 1990, 13 pieces of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. This has been called the world’s greatest art heist and has remained unsolved for more than thirty years.

It appears that I have been living under a rock because I knew nothing about this particular theft. So this four-part Netflix documentary was incredibly educational for me.

This is a Robbery was interesting because the 30-year old mystery is interesting. If the art theft itself wasn’t so mysterious, I’m not sure that I would’ve kept watching.

But before we dive into some…


It wasn’t the fun action romp that I was hoping for.

Kong: Skull Island | Warner Bros.
Kong: Skull Island | Warner Bros.
Kong: Skull Island | Warner Bros.

I recently watched 2014's Godzilla for the first time, and it blew me away. I was shocked that I could connect with and enjoy this monster movie so much. So, I was thrilled to dive into the second film of the Monsterverse: Kong: Skull Island.

I didn’t like this one… at all.

Kong: Skull Island follows a ragtag group of scientists, soldiers, a mercenary, and a photojournalist as they visit a mysterious island and encounter the strange creatures living there. It’s a story of man vs. …


Examine Your Foundation

Taking the time to prepare can make a big difference.

Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

Whether you want to start a blog, craft a novel, or pen some wisdom-filled non-fiction, these steps can apply to you. While I’m specifically writing this with writers in mind, these principles can also be applied to many other creative endeavors and even some business ventures.

So much of success lies in the preparation.

Our favorite athletes, superstars, and business leaders all worked hard for what they have. The top people in your profession spend hours and hours honing their craft so that they can become the experts they are…


Why do people keep remaking this particular story?

Pinocchio movie poster | Roadside Attractions
Pinocchio movie poster | Roadside Attractions
Pinocchio movie poster | Roadside Attractions

Pinocchio follows a puppet who comes to life and goes on a series of bizarre adventures. And I just can’t seem to make sense of why people keep remaking this incredibly strange story. If you can shed some light on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

This movie is weird. You can’t apply any logic to it at all. This is always the most difficult type of movie for me to watch because I’m just a bit too logical. …


But it doesn’t blow me away like the other Oscar contenders.

News of the World movie poster | Universal Pictures
News of the World movie poster | Universal Pictures
News of the World movie poster | Universal Pictures

News of the World follows America’s Dad, Tom Hanks, as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd as he goes from town to town reading the news. Along the way, he meets a young girl, Johanna (Helena Zengel), who has been kidnapped and needs to be returned to her aunt and uncle hundreds of miles away.

The cinematography is beautiful in this film and probably my favorite part. We get to see gorgeous shots of sprawling landscapes. …


Some relationships are that destructive.

Godzilla movie poster | Warner Bros.
Godzilla movie poster | Warner Bros.
Godzilla movie poster | Warner Bros.

I have been intrigued by the recent release Godzilla vs. Kong, but before I watch it, I want to watch all of the films in the Monsterverse. I’m doing my homework, starting with Godzilla, released in 2014.

This film builds upon the mythology and filmology of this giant monster that’s been portrayed as the villain, the hero, and somewhere in between. In this 2014 adaptation, when a pair of monsters (MUTOs) awaken and begin terrorizing the planet, humanity has only one hope: Gojira (aka Godzilla).

I had incredibly low expectations for this film. I put…


A touching tribute to an incredible woman.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday movie poster | Hulu
The United States vs. Billie Holiday movie poster | Hulu
The United States vs. Billie Holiday movie poster | Hulu

The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a surprisingly intense film. Maybe it’s because I didn’t know anything about this story and I had no idea what to expect, but this film completely caught me off guard. I’m honestly struggling to cobble together the words to review this particular film.

But I shall try my best.

This film takes us into Billie Holiday’s life as she battles addiction, evading the police, and trying to speak (and sing) truth. Though I’ve listened to Holiday’s work for years, I didn’t know all that much about…


A gorgeous film in the spirit of Jane Austen’s novels.

Emma. movie poster | Focus Features
Emma. movie poster | Focus Features
Emma. movie poster | Focus Features

Emma. follows the meddlesome young woman, Emma (Anya Taylor-Joy), as she tries to play matchmaker to others while neglecting her own love life.

This film has been nominated for 2 Oscars for costume design and makeup and hairstyling. And it absolutely deserves those nominations. This film is absolutely gorgeous! And the cinematography really showcases the beauty of the set and the costumes.

I don’t often watch period pieces because I often find them visually boring. The colors are often muted and everything looks drab. …


Why can’t we have more nice things like this?

Wolfwalkers movie poster | Apple TV+
Wolfwalkers movie poster | Apple TV+
Wolfwalkers movie poster | Apple TV+

Wolfwalkers is a beautiful animated feature currently streaming on Apple TV+. It follows Robyn (Honor Kneafsey), a young girl and aspiring hunter who ends up befriending Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a girl who turns into a wolf while she sleeps… hence the name of the film.

First off, I’m so pleased that this film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature! Well done, members of The Academy!

This film is filled with stunning images that are both beautiful and a little rough around the edges. I felt as though I was watching…

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