• Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★½

    I totally totally get the bad to mediocre reviews of this movie. A lot of the critiques are justified. But for 2.5 hours I sat there & watched a pretty bada** superhero movie & had a great fricken time doing it. That’s honestly enough for me. It was also probably the perfect situation for me to get maximum enjoyment out of this too. I had been having dinner & beers with friends before the movie, we had absolutely perfect center seats (my absolute…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

    Wes Anderson’s filmography is so interesting to me. I’ve yet to see The Grand Budapest Hotel (his most popular movie). I adored Moonrise Kingdom but wasn’t as into Rushmore or The Royal Tennenbaums like others were, also was only sort of into Bottle Rocket but I did think Isle of Dogs was solid. Despite the scatteredness of my views on his movies, I definitely see the appeal for sure. So that being said, I was very interested to gauge my reaction to his most recent feature film. 

    What blew me…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★

    Finally got around to seeing this in preparation for Titane

    The rating for this is my fault. I honestly just didn’t get this. Nothing against the movie, it’s clearly a well-made movie. Just felt like it went way over my head. Another one I probably owe a rewatch. Still hyped to see Titane soon though.

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    I fell asleep during most of the second act so as much as I enjoyed the rest of this enough to feel okay rating it, I’m gonna save my full thoughts for rewatch & ramble about random stuff instead. 

    My order of excitement of upcoming movies based on the trailers: Licorice Pizza > Nightmare Alley > MacBeth > C’mon C’mon > Westside Story. 

    I also saw this at an Alamo Drafthouse, where they play curated pre-shows for the particular movie 30 minutes before the movie.…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★

    This had interesting concepts & some really well-done twists but this took way too long to get going/to get there. The beginning of this movie had a made-for-tv feel to it. It had some plot points that were obviously going to come together at some point. & the way they did was really neat but it left you in that first hour just confused, which probably added to the pacing problem. 

    I feel like I have a low bar for feeling like…

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★

    I originally wasn’t planning on watching this since I’m historically not really into westerns. But I’m really glad I did because damn this was awesome. A stacked cast, with Jonathan Majors’ performance being the highlight for me. Great music. Excellent filmmaking from Jeymes Samuel. Stellar cinematography, the right amount of gore to be entertaining but not so much that it comes across as a cheap Tarantino knockoff, great set designs (the white town had me rolling). 

    That’s all I really…

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★

    I almost wish I had seen this version prior to seeing the original. The original is just such a superior movie that it kind of dooms maximal enjoyment of this one from the beginning. The setup & intrigue buildup felt sloppy in this one compared to the original. & the execution just didn’t feel as sharp. And while a little unfair to this movie, it just doesn’t hit the same if you know the twists that are coming. 

    Using the fires as an…

  • Malevolent

    Malevolent

    ★★★

    To be honest, I only agreed to join in on watching this because of Florence Pugh. I didn’t even know this existed until someone had picked this for the Netflix watch party. But this actually turned out to be not bad. Sort of reminded me of the movie Greta (I’ve only seen the remake). There’s also some part of this soundtrack that reminded me of Mountains from the Interstellar soundtrack, which might be ludicrous but also might have subconsciously enhanced my enjoyment of this. 

    Overall, a decent horror movie. Not great but not bad. Carried by Florence Pugh.

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  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★

    Saw this at home via A24’s screening room, which was pretty cool. 

    So I saw the trailer for this awhile back & remember thinking this looked like a hybrid of Midsommar & The Witch. But hot damn was I not even fricken close. Didn’t think I’d ever have witnessed the birth of a lamb but here we are. 

    My friend & I had to look up the meaning of this film afterwards, which expectedly did not fully satisfy us but did bring a…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★½

    I liked a lot of this. The old school vibes, the plot lines, the idea of having a narrator, the use of slow zoom-ins, the soundtrack fit this movie really well, always down for a gambling movie. 

    But damn this movie moved so slowly & felt disjointed at times. The cuts between scenes were jarring sometimes. The narration is a cool concept but to me it came across so dry & monotone. Which didn’t help the pacing that already felt slow. The…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    I went into this wondering if this would meet the insane hype or fall victim to it. But as you can tell, this was epic as hell. 

    I’m not going to say much about this because it feels like there aren’t as many event movies these days so I don’t want to risk spoilers. Hell this was the first movie I went out of my way to see opening weekend since 2019. 

    The performances were splendid. Chalamet & Ferguson were particularly…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★★

    I went into this with little to no expectations so I was very pleasantly surprised by how fun this was. Nothing special, your as to be expected Ryan Reynolds comedy but this time with some heart & a hilarious Channing Tatum cameo. And a rib-splitting gun violence joke snuck in there. I had forgotten how much Fantasy by Mariah Carey is a gem.

    Genuinely a fun movie, escapism at its finest. This doesn’t need a sequel but I’d be down for one anyway.

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