• Reptile



    Barely subsists on atmosphere and del Toros performance, ends up coming off a lot more juvenile and heavy handed than it probably wanted to. The ultra portentous vibe is something I’m usually more forgiving of (because I love it), but this telegraphs everything it’s trying to show you all the way up to 11, bordering on parody at times. Tons of slow push ins, ominous zooms, and other shots that are done in almost every scene, whether or not it…

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon


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

    Not the home run I hoped it would be but very good nonetheless, it’s too bad this will disappear from theaters soon. It’s very faithful to the details of the book but takes almost the opposite approach, letting us in on the plot from the beginning and having us grapple with Ernest’s psychological struggle throughout the whole story. I think I preferred the books approach but this still tells a very affecting tale of the guy who just keeps choosing to do evil over and over (huh, kind of like The Irishman). Great score too, Robertson will be missed.

  • The Creator

    The Creator


    Tremendous visual and practical effects, immense scale and vision given the budget, just very impressive overall. The Avatar comparisons are apt, from the general ideas in the (unfortunately very generic) script to the mech designs, and other things. Yet the action in this is on a smaller scale, and less sweeping/grand and more claustrophobic/shocking (like in Rogue One, go figure). Hard to compress all of my thoughts about this into this review but I’ll just say that every aspect of this movie…

  • A Haunting in Venice

    A Haunting in Venice


    Fun that Branagh is still making these, even if they’re not much more than mildly diverting. The most interesting aspect is when he decides to throw in a couple of goofy wide angles and then shoot the basement sequence like The Conjuring, which was awesome. It gives a sort of anachronistic style to a movie so devoted to historical setting. Wish there was more of that.

  • Talk to Me

    Talk to Me


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

    Smile did it better. This was really great, very tense and disturbing, but when the second half starts it gradually loses steam. The ending is honestly a huge shrug too. So now what, she spooks other kids? To what end? Oh well.

  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One


    This is a great movie with some amazing sequences, which make the negative aspects so much more disappointing. The submarine intro, the airport sequence, and parts of the Rome chase are brilliantly done. The film spends too much time monologuing though, and it feels like the pace of everything slows down too much as the movie goes on. The motorcycle jump is incredible of course but it gets cut up in the editing room a bit, as do some of…

  • Edge of Darkness

    Edge of Darkness


    Campbell is miles ahead of most other directors who touch this kind of material, which is a good thing but also makes you wish there was more to the material itself. Somehow Gibson always turns out a great performance, even if I'm not 100% on board with what they are trying to do with his character.

  • Full Circle

    Full Circle


    Great score, really solid performances too. Soderbergh has some great direction here, lot's of claustrophobic wide angles on people running, being nervous, etc. The story is honestly a mess though, so many wierd plot holes and strange character decisions (or lack of decisions rather). I guess that makes this another case study in the fact that if the characters and the way the story is told are solid enough, you can mostly look past the story beats themselves.

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


    Late to the party on this one but it is indeed great. I guess my only real complaint is that it's not long enough, I'm amazed that they fit as much stuff into this as they did. But I would rather a film leave me slightly wanting more than to drag too much, and there's a sequel of course so this is mostly just nitpicking.

  • Extraction 2

    Extraction 2


    Slightly better than the first one! Love the dumb sequel bait at the end too, they decided to just fully lean into it.

  • Street Kings

    Street Kings


    Really dumb. Especially with that ending, was that supposed to be satisfying? I'm glad Ayer went on to make Fury, which has far more nuance than the sad attempt at it here with Keanu's character.

  • The Covenant

    The Covenant


    I remember comparing the trailers to the really high reviews I was seeing and thought something must not be right. I was correct; this is a decent movie but so much of the dialogue is wooden, the action effects are mostly B movie tier, and the pacing of the plot is kind of off. Not bad, just not nearly as good as I was lead to believe.