Alisa has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★½

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

    Well I had to ruin my streak of good movies eventually...

    I'm a massive, massive fan of the Beatles and I liked the concept so I thought this would be a guaranteed success. But this is just self-important, ingratiating drivel. "Without the Beatles the world would be so much worse", oh come off it Danny Boyle, you're worse than a middle-schooler with a crush.

    Ed Sheeran's cameo in Game of Thrones was too long, in this he was basically the…

  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express

    ★★½

    Definitely worse than I remember, the only really good things are: Tom Hanks, the lovely, nostalgic score and the occasional visually pleasing shots of the train.

  • Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    ★★½

    I’m fine with the cheese, but I don’t even think this was that entertaining ://, sorry.


    Extra half star for Crispin Glover and Sam Rockwell though!

  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★½

    If you know me, then you know I’m a really big fan of anything Holmes. Everything from the Arthur Conan Doyle stories to BBC adaptations, I yearn for the satisfaction that I can only receive from my favourite consulting detective. 

    Now, I didn’t hold this against Enola Holmes, as I knew that I wasn’t the intended audience. I tried to look at it instead through the lens of teen mysteries/comedies. 

    It’s just very ehh. It tries too hard, and does this too obviously. Utter waste of its actors, as nothing was especially bad or anything, just cringey and above all, unsatisfying.

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★★½

    Honestly, I love the art in this, I would easily become obsessed as well. 

    I don’t think I hated this as much as many others did because I could see a lot of potential. The cast is pretty stacked and I do like most of them. I really appreciate the idea of a satirical take on the pretentious contemporary art world. But the final product feels more pretentious than what it was trying to make fun of.

    Some dialogue felt…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★½

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

    Sure, this movie had a lot of heart and had its share of comedic moments. The child actors were good and the effects were well done. I didn’t dislike it. But it felt really shallow at times, I don’t think the stark contrast between the lighthearted banter and the dark and brutal “sins” worked very well. 

    The villain was also just pathetic, like really one dimensional and boring. Also don’t hate me but I thought Zachary Levi was a bit…

  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    ★★½

    I want to preface this by saying that the themes explored in this movie are important and underrepresented, especially in children’s media. The brutality of the Western expansion was immeasurable, which this movie shows. 

    The score by Hans Zimmer is expectedly great and the songs by Bryan Adams are nice, but weirdly literal. One song starts during a scene where everyone tries to break the new horse in and forcefully sit on its back. So the song goes: 🎵🎵get off…

  • Love and Other Disasters

    Love and Other Disasters

    ★★½

    Love: The incredibly charming and attractive cast led by Brittany Murphy playing a modern day Holly Golightly. The fourth wall breaks and meta feel of the movie. The montage where Orlando Bloom and Gwyneth Paltrow unexpectedly show up.

    Other disasters: The clunky plot, the cheesy script, the strange pacing and the jokes that fail to land and lack a punchline.