Chaplin goes out with a superb masterpiece. Blending vaudevillian and slapstick styles of his earlier films with the sublime poignance of his later films, he crafts the ultimate Chaplin picture — one which he had planned to make for nearly four decades. An intimate, personal labor of love with stunning writing and a pair of fun (if not occasionally flawed) performances from Loren and Brando. Oddly maligned over the years, this is one of cinemas greatest hidden gems.
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate 1923
A simple work of art in which Chaplin smashes and redefines cinematic and performance conventions of the time. There’s no wonder audiences of the time hated it. While it’s overly melodramatic and sluggish (even for an 80-minute film), it’s an important film which Chaplin used to sharpen tools he’d use in his later pictures.
Turning Red 2022
Turning Red is a film unlike anything Pixar has tackled before. A beautiful ode to growing up, finding yourself and going through puberty. Told through a female lens, it’s nevertheless a universal story we can all relate to in our own special, and messy ways - and a great monster-comedy for the kids. It’s yet another Pixar winner!
Shazam! Fury of the Gods 2023
Sucks that this has gotten such a poor reception - I had a lot of fun with it. Despite not LOVING the first, I came out really enjoying this one. Great heart, great humour, and great action. The cast seem like they're having a blast.