• The Abyss

    The Abyss


    The middle step between 2001 and Interstellar. THE James Cameron movie, both in that it's one of the great cinematic technical achievements, and as poignant a film about love and connection as any. Completely overwhelming in all the best ways. Love as a lone candle in a cold, infinite darkness. There will always be more powerful things in this world than us.

  • May December

    May December


    A movie about how what people hold deep down makes it impossible to truly understand them, and sometimes even harder to know yourself. Every line tops the last in this thrilling melodrama highwire act, and it only helps that it sports some of the best performances and craft of the year.

  • Vanilla Sky

    Vanilla Sky


    The feelings this brings about are impossible for me to put words to, but this is a movie I'll never be able to shake. My favorite actor teams up with one of my favorite writer-directors for an insane genre-bender, and it's perhaps the most unbelievable movie I've ever seen. Maybe there's a few too many genres, or a few too many ideas, but Crowe's trademark sentimentality brings it all together in a way more stirringly ethereal than I ever thought possible. Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

  • Godzilla



    That HALO jump sequence remains one of the most staggering action set-pieces of all time. The crown jewel in one of the great blockbusters of the last few decades.

  • Blue Beetle

    Blue Beetle


    Cute! At its best when it's focused on family and community, and the rest is harmlessly forgettable superhero material. Heartwarming and fun.

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta


    Very very cool. A little clunky, but when it looks, sounds, flows, and executes its points this well, who cares? Deeply intriguing set-up leads to sickening despair, which leads to a grand release of blood and fire. A lightning-quick two hours full of fascinating captivating and sturdy emotion. Really great.

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World


    The hero of old is reborn for a new world. Warfare, ideology, masculinity, all evolving in real time. Fascinating film, and just a total knockout of a historical epic. Appropriately grand, with so much astonishing craft on display. Those battle sequences especially, where you're fully immersed in the sheer insanity of these old naval battles. Sweeping, thrilling, and really captivating when you start peeling back the layers. A total treat.

  • A Haunting in Venice

    A Haunting in Venice


    At 100 minutes, this is a total knockout. Full of lovely design, staggering technical craft, and stellar performances, this ghoulish midnight mystery is something I could get lost in to no end. But it's the lingering sadness that truly sets this apart. The moody atmosphere and wonderfully spooky twists bring out a real bleakness to this. The big line towards the end is a real crusher. Everyone's haunted by something. Special movie. Everything I wanted and more.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon


    "The most beautiful people on God's Earth" burned and brutalized in the name of money, exploited in the name of entertainment, and ultimately forgotten. In many ways, a definitive American epic. Difficult to put words to, as this is a true juggernaut of raw, sensory feeling. Thoroughly sickening, deeply bleak; 200 tragic minutes where evils crawl from the darkness and the world is hopeless to fight back. So long as there is money to make, land to take, power to…

  • The Ring

    The Ring


    Fascinating that this came out only a few months after Attack of the Clones. Analog's clash with a new, digital world. Battling a future it knows it isn't a part of. Or perhaps, it's about the terrifying abilities of media within that new digital world. Or maybe, it's just a sweeping wicked horror mystery, full of dusty files and gnarly twists. It's an all-time great no matter which way you slice it. This is as atmospherically and narratively gripping as…

  • Poltergeist



    What a treat! Spielberg's signature brand of image-making meets funhouse horror, and the result is a total delight of big freight and bigger emotions. A movie about family at its core, where familial connections stretch beyond the physical. Everybody is scared, everybody is desperate, all we have is each other. Full of stunning images and captivating atmosphere, with a nonstop flow of delightful horror beats and a handful of wonderful scares. 'My thing' at every turn. Innocence ends in an otherworldly flash of light, or perhaps just a flicker of TV static.

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Bram Stoker's Dracula


    Unbelievable. A high melodrama epic of darkness and desire. Spooky, lustful, just absolutely insane from start to finish. The greatest in-camera FX in the history of movies, with perhaps the most innovative, captivating visuals of all time to go along with them. This lost me a few times, and to be honest, I think it's because I was in such awe that it actually exists.