Movieman630 has written 39 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★½

    The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a fantastic film that manages to effectively connect a historical drama to modern times. Though the film deals with a court case that occurred nearly 50 years ago, many of the themes and events tie in very easily to this year. The film deals with the concepts of a civilian population's right to protest, police violence, and the dangers of those in power weaponizing bureaucracy against those who already are not represented by…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    Keep in mind that this film is nearly 90 years old. Coming with that, you can expect some over-the-top performances, no nuance whatsoever, and a very inconsistent sense of plot progression, all remnants of the very early days of filmmaking. That said, it is an incredibly engrossing film.

    There are largely two factors for why the film is so interesting. The first is, of course, the effects. Though they seem very simple in this day and age, the effects still…

  • House

    House

    This is one of the more fascinating examples of horror comedy I've recently seen. On it's surface, the film is a complete mess. The plot is barely there, the characters are unabashed stereotypes. The effects are weak even for the time.

    And yet, there is something incredibly fascinating about the film. Perhaps it is the full commitment everybody involved gives. Everybody involved is having an absolute blast with the lunacy on display. The scares are incredibly inventive, and show a…

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    This is a very pleasant film. It's sometimes hard for me to get invested in period romances, but I didn't struggle with this one for a second. The characters are fully developed and three dimensional, and the traditions of the times serve as a solid conflict in and of themselves. What really makes the film work is Joe Wright's directing. This isn't the only time he's made an energetic film out of material that could have been stuffy. He uses staging and camera to keep things from becoming static.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I’m thinking of ending things is a bit aimless, very difficult to decipher on even a surface level, and also really really good. I certainly didn’t understand the film until some time after it was finished, but I didn’t really care. There’s some very strong filmmaking at play here from writer/director Charlie Kaufman. It’s clear that the film is saying something, even if you’re not always sure what. Excellent performances all around add to the experience, and make it hard to dismiss or look away from. More than a film, this is an insanely uncomfortable and fascinating experience.

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    Ready or not is a mixed opportunity. The film is certainly fun, especially if you don’t go in with high expectations. It’s tongue in cheek, while giving it’s story just enough seriousness. That said, it falls a touch short on character. Samara Weaving gives it her all, but the script never seems to find her as interesting as the family squabbles of the villains. She’s likable, but not really fleshed out. It’s a shame, since Samara Weaving hints at what she could do with a truly interesting and badass character.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    This film is dictionary-definition good-not-great. It never becomes more than a diversion, and the script is not very good. That said, Director Cathy Yan has a lot of fun with the material, and thus the film is pretty consistently entertaining. Margot Robbie and Ewan MacGregor are both having a blast, though the rest of the leads are somewhat underutilized. It’s nothing special, but easily ranks #2 in the DCEU

  • Blade: Trinity

    Blade: Trinity

    Dracula is the main villain of this film. His first action sequence involves him literally sprinting away from the hero down a busy street in broad fucking daylight. That is just one sign of the sheer amount of carelessness and sloppiness that plagues this entire film.

    There is no concept of time and space. When or where things are happening is a constant mystery. Scenes begin and end seemingly at random points. Not a single actor seems to be giving…

  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

    Unforgiven is a masterpiece. Easily the peak of Eastwood's directing career, this film is one of the greatest examinations of the genre that has ever been put to film. The degree to which the film de-mythologizes the genre, while simultaneously telling a wonderful story set within it is unparalleled. This film is a labor of love, a reflection from somebody who spent their life working in the "old west." As such, it is one of the strongest examples of how to modernize a genre without losing what made it special.

  • Blade

    Blade

    I'm going to be honest, when I started this movie I did not expect to like it. Then it began, and almost immediately won me over. The film really does keep it's tongue in cheek and just start having fun with it's action and world. It does start to drag towards the end, but overall it's a pretty fun couple of hours

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    There's always an interesting question when you judge an older film: do you judge it by the standards of the time, or by current standards? In general, I try to keep the time in mind, but still be honest about my feelings about it. In that way I must say I understand the influence of The Searchers, but I simply don't feel it holds up anymore.

    The film's story actually has quite a bit of promise. A racist former soldier…

  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    The start of Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy is a far more quaint affair than you might expect if you're only familiar with the more famous third part "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Fistful's story, in which Eastwood's nameless drifter pits two rival families against each other for his own benefit, is a very straightforward tale. However, it perfectly sets up the black-and-grey morality that would come to define the Spaghetti western as a genre, as well as giving…