• Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    The performances by Ali and Mortensen are what make the movie memorable, but aren’t enough to make the film deserving of best picture. A white savior film in 2018 is unnecessary and implies that America is in the same race-relations situation as we were in 1968 when a similar themed white-savior film In the Heat of the Night came out. Exploring race relations in 2018 should be much more complex with a message that doesn’t use the story of a…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★½

    To answer the question: yes, I was very entertained. Interesting to look at this movie as an influence to Game of Thrones battle scenes, cinematography, character relations, and thirsts or distantes for power.
    What this movie lacks that Game of Thrones gets right is the proper character development. Commodus almost seems like a mix of Joffrey with his cruelty and readiness to kill anyone who protests him and Ramsay with his wrath partly deriving from his wish for love and…

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★

    With obvious influences from Hitchcock (including an overt reference to Psycho as the investigator walks up the staircase to find Cady’s victim), it gets all the right beats of a film noir thriller. The viewer feels the constant anxiety and frustration of Gregory Peck as the lawyer whose family is terrorized by the sadistic, psychotic villain in an unforgettable, terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    ★★★★

    Enthralling. Give me less Gale and more Finnick

  • Easy A

    Easy A

    ★★★½

    First reaction: Any scene with Stanley Tucci is incredible. Emma Stone’s persona and humor makes the movie the success it is. 
    Smart teen comedy that makes overt connections to the John Hughes teen comedy era. Though highly enjoyable and easy to watch, it still doesn’t reach the comfort-aspect and comedic tone of the Hughes movie it seems to aspire to.
    Emma Stone is the only actress at this time who could do this role well and lead this movie to…

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man

    ★★★★

    Jeff Bridges was REALLY going for it as Stane

  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World

    ★★

    Though enjoyable if simply looking for a superhero action/fantasy movie, in its larger context the film seems bland. There is little emotional buildup or investment to keep the viewer engaged in the plot. The writing and plot connections seem to be the execution of a rough draft instead of a final, revised, perfected output expected of the MCU. The only substantial material to come out of the film that builds on the wider MCU story is the increasing complexity of the Thor/Loki relationship.

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★

    Hilarious. Shows America’s growing indifference to hatred, as well as more obvious displays of hatred and bigotry. Borat eggs on Americans into willfully and without hesitation showing their ignorance and poor morality, especially seen from Trump’s administration and its supporters. Though the butts of his jokes and subjects tend to convey that Americans in general lack social morality, certain subjects show a deep care and mindfulness that contradict the bigotry, sexism, and ignorance by either Borat or the aforementioned American groups.

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★

    Excellent exploration on the psychological ramifications of military, war, loss of innocence and individuality. While the first half has an obvious moral projection, the theme in the second half is less clear.