• Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★½

    Luca Guadagnino has done it again. Though the trailer spoils the best parts of the film, it still manages to shock and spray blood all over the theater. It consumes me, so to speak, and I am unable to chew and digest everything I have just witnessed.

    It began with a nail-bitingly terrifying scene that made me want to vomit. Actually, the violence scenes are never treated as a joke, and even the most gruesome, stomach-churning, disgusting sequences have an…

  • Bros

    Bros

    ★★★½

    Cute and funny enough.
    I don’t like Billy Eichner’s character (or him).
    Lack of romantic chemistry.
    Worth watching though.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Could you please get me a REAL cheeseburger to-go?”

    THE END

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★½

    The subtle bleakness is all around. I wasn't prepared for war's harshest realities. It was bloody, brutal, but beautifully shot and compelling, giving us a new perspective on the age-old horrors of war.

    Obviously, this is not the first film to depict the horrors of war. Unlike most war stories, this one makes no attempt to justify or marginalize either side of the conflict. It also has some truly amazing moments of camaraderie and walks a fine line between humanizing…

  • The Woman King

    The Woman King

    ★★★★

    Viola Davis is one of those great actresses who can portray women in a near-permanent state of ferocity. She shines like the sun in every film she appears in.

    It's somewhere between reality and legend, about Dahomey's all-female warrior unit, the Agojie. History may have been twisted for cinematic storytelling purposes, but it's fundamentally a very human film about relationships between the main female characters, with a nice paced story, beautiful scenery, and bad-ass action. But there's so much emotion…

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★★

    T'Challa may not be physically present in this sequel, but his presence is felt throughout the film until the credits roll.

    It felt so real that you couldn't help but cry inside the cinema, making this one of the most emotional Marvel films to date. The loss of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther himself, in a tragic and shocking death made the task Coogler and Marvel faced all the more challenging. This was a real-life loss of this magnitude that…

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    ★★★

    They did go to hell. But, to be honest, I'd rather see Pinhead and the Cenobites get more screen time. They are the real reason why this franchise has grown in popularity. Despite its arguably more ambitious plot and accompanying aesthetics, it's simply a more straightforward story and, as a result, isn't as engaging as its predecessor. It was also far stranger than the first. It wasn't much sadomasochistic stuff, just strange stuff. Don't misunderstand me. I usually like weird,…

  • See How They Run

    See How They Run

    ★★★★

    An artfully filmed story about London's theater stages at their worst and best. It was such a breath of fresh air because it makes no pretense of being high art. It's silly and enjoyable, like eating a good piece of cake - colorful and pleasurable, and hoping to stay with you forever. I'm not sure if it's because of the cozy cinematography, the numerous tracking shots, or the two actors who have appeared in a number of popular films, but…

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★

    It felt like an episode of a random Netflix show. I mean, there's nothing new here, and it outstays its welcome long before the credits roll. Florence Pugh, my dear, you're always doing great, but you've gotten yourself into a situation that even you can't fix.

    Despite the two-hour length, there wasn't much explaining. What about the plane, for example? workers in red suits? Jack dancing himself to exhaustion? Gemma Chan in a completely unnecessary role? What about Alice's reset?…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★½

    One of the most unwavering, original, and garage horror films I've ever seen, developing into the twisted macabre of desire, lust, and the terrifying atmosphere of Hell and the Cenobites. Aside from horror, the film has a few other themes. Mostly adultery, with forbidden and hidden lust. To be honest, I had no idea that the hypersexual nature of this was at the forefront. It's amusing when you think about it. Anyway, before watching, I thought the story was much…

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★

    A roller-coaster ride of tension, thriller, and horror that I never saw coming.

    The director, Zach Cregger, destabilizes the audience in subtle ways. Though he does not reinvent the horror genre, he has a lot of fun twisting things, upsetting expectations, and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats - at least until the film begins to build to a climax. The cast is small, but the actors are acutely aware of the game they must play, concealing their…

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★

    “Unbelievably cringe. Indescribably boring.
    Sorry, not joking, it’s depressing.
    To an endless fucking nightmare.”

    Will Smith should have slapped Jafar away from Agrabah, just like he did at the Oscars.