Erik Mathews

Erik Mathews

Just a dude from a small city doing small things. I happen to love all sorts of movies.

Favorite films

  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Casino Royale
  • Pacific Rim

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  • Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★★

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

  • Army of the Dead

    ★★

  • The Host

    ★★★★★

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  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★★

    Went into this not expecting much, but wound up really loving it. Way gnarlier than I would've imagined. Leigh Janiak is clearly a fan of Scream which is certainly one way to win me over. Doesn't feel like a copycat or anything, though. Just a fun, thrilling throwback to 90s slashers.

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    The only piece of art born out of the pandemic I've seen that feels truly valuable. Insightful, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Whether Burnham decides to return to live performance or do something else, I just hope he continues to create.

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★★½

    Kong: Skull Island is my favorite MonsterVerse movie so far. For two hours, Jordan Vogt-Roberts confidently juggles wildly different tones and delivers stylish, electrifying action sequences. The live-action photography is positively gorgeous and the visual effects are simply spectacular. It's a proper adventure flick wrapped in Vietnam War era iconography and thematics.

    Unfortunately, those themes don't get enough time to be thoroughly fleshed out, largely because the cast of characters is too vast for more than a couple of them…

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★★★★

    Pacific Rim might as well have been made specifically to please me. It's clear that, like myself, Guillermo del Toro has been passionate about towering mechanized humanoids beating the crap out of colossal monsters for a long, long time. The respect he has for all that inspired the film oozes out of every frame.

    There are very few things about this thing that I outright dislike. It is by no means a piece of massively complex storytelling, but it's not…