Movieman630 has written 39 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Man, I really love this kind of film. Sound of Metal excellently puts you right in the shoes of a character coming to terms with the loss of one of his senses. The directing, sound design, and acting all work together to give you a sense of what the lead character is going through. It's artistic and emotional, although it never strains credulity. Ruben as a character feels fully developed, despite the fact that we first meet him only at…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    You know what? I don’t have a lot to say. This movie is fine. It’s not bad, it’s not great. There’s not a lot to it, but it’s entertaining and the actors help give it a certain charm. It perhaps over focuses on the villains, but that’s fairly standard for a superhero sequel and it’s pretty fun to watch Pedro Pascal chew the scenery. Yeah, not much to it.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    When reviewing films I tend to forgive flaws if they are a result of risks being taken. As such, Tenet is the exact kind of film that I will review more kindly than others. The plot is very difficult (though not impossible) to follow, but that is due to the driving force of the film being a cool new idea. As a narrative, the plot is a bit too complicated and exposition driven for its own good, but as an…

  • Soul

    Soul

    I mean, it is Pixar. Soul continues their ever ongoing trend of blending heart and humor into an accessible and meaningful package for viewers of all ages. Soul's story, about a musician who dies before his big break and struggles to return to his body, is tailor made Pixar, something that can be used to ease kids into understanding more adult themes, which adults will instantly latch onto. The film's ultimate message is a powerful one, and one that led…

  • Emma.

    Emma.

    This film is a lot of fun. It's more of an entertaining trifle than a swooning romance, but it's a credit to director Autumn De Wilde that this feels more like a positive than a negative. The story doesn't necessarily nail all of its emotional beats, but it moves along at a good clip, never bores and successfully uses the language of film to elevate several moments.

    Really holding the film together is Anya Taylor-Joy. She manages to say so…

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    I want to like this film more than I actually do. The film has strong performances and a solid story. Unfortunately very little thought was put into how to make it into a film. There's no real semblance of taking advantage of film as a medium, instead George C. Wolfe seems content to stage every scene exactly as it would be done on stage. This leads to the film ultimately feeling somewhat unsatisfying. The bland direction leads to the story…

  • Mank

    Mank

    Mank is an impeccably crafted film that suffers a bit from which aspects of its subject’s life it chooses to focus on. Fincher is one of the strongest directors working today, and so it’s no surprise that Mank manages to be incredibly entertaining and a visual feast. The decision to make the film using the film and sound styles of the day help put you right in the time period with the characters.

    As well, every single actor brings their…

  • Mank

    Mank

    Mank is an impeccably crafted film that suffers a bit from which aspects of its subject’s life it chooses to focus on. Fincher is one of the strongest directors working today, and so it’s no surprise that Mank manages to be incredibly entertaining and a visual feast. The decision to make the film using the film and sound styles of the day help put you right in the time period with the characters.

    As well, every single actor brings their…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Not much to add to the conversation here. This film holds up very well and, in addition to being a massive technical achievement, is simply a fascinating character study.

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    I suspect that, for most people, First Cow will either be their type of film or it won't. It is an exceptionally slow paced and subtle film, and as such one that requires a good deal of patience. To this effect the film is an excellent tonal piece. It does a wonderful job of establishing the "slow west" or the calmer side of the untamed wilds of the 1800s. The film remains well crafted throughout, but as it's light plot…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat's second outing is, as one would expect, lacking in the uniqueness that made the first film so special. As effective as the original's ability to turn a mirror onto America's dark side was, it holds a little less weight in this day and age. Blame social media, which constantly shines that mirror on the dark spots every single second of every single day.

    Still, this film does manage to find some new ways to set itself apart from its…

  • The Frighteners

    The Frighteners

    The Frighteners is fascinating to watch with the context that it led to the creation of what is, in my opinion, the greatest film of all time. Peter Jackson's ability to keep this film's budget small, despite it's heavy use of visual effects, is what led to New Line Cinema greenlighting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with him as the director.

    That makes it so much odder that this film is, well, not very good. There is a very…