Prey is incredibly disappointing. It admittedly a very great premise and a solid lead performance by Midthunder but everything else falters. Genuinely don't understand how someone can approach a movie like this with the clearly low-budget it has and not try to adjust for it. You see the awful-looking Predator and CGI animals constantly in this, and immediately, it throws you out of any tension in these sequences. It's a cool idea in search of either a budget for what…
Mutiny on the Bounty 1962
Mutiny on the Bounty is an overlong slog. Technically, this is a marvel, with some tremendous production design and a nice wide frame. Yet, storytelling-wise, it's a wonder they even bothered to update this in 1962 when it feels so much more retrograde than a vast majority of the other films in release at the time. The one highlight? Trevor Howard's delightfully hammy performance as Bligh. Outside that, this is a complete snooze of a movie, featuring very little worth…
John Wick: Chapter 4 2023
John Wick: Chapter 4 takes the escalation of the previous two to their grand conclusion. An epic of bodies in motion and their brutal deaths. Wick has visited Hell and returned as a ghost, ruthless and efficient. Likewise, Stahelski has returned with the clearest throwdown yet. You liked the first half hour of Parabellum? That's this for the full three hours as he, Keanu Reeves, and the stunt team deliver some of the most mindblowing action in recent memory.
The Bling Ring 2013
The Bling Ring nails the vibe it’s aiming for. It feels somewhat surreal to see my high school’s soundtrack at a celluloid screening, but honestly what I appreciate most about this is how Coppola accurately depicts the time the story takes place, making something that has aged into a perfect period piece of the early 2010s. It feels like a murky dream of the days of adolescence and feels like a weird mix of satire and honest melancholy. It also…
The Nice Guys 2016
The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.
The fun of The…
The Emoji Movie 2017
Move over Christopher Nolan! The Emoji Movie is easily the greatest film of 2017 and a striking condemnation of all who have insulted its very existence. A brilliant commentary of how the modern world's over-reliance on texting and pictures to portray emotion, this film does exactly that. When Gene the Meh Emoji is denied the love of his father because he actually enjoys being alive, it's a perfect representation of how toxic masculinity prevents one feeling emotions other than raw…