Movieman630 has written 36 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    This is a hard film to review. It’s a film, much like Lowery’s own A Ghost Story, that is far more effective in retrospect than during the viewing. It is a dense film, one that seems meandering until the end brings everything into focus. It’s a film that I know will reward repeat viewings more than the first. It is a film of meaning, and ideas, and themes that take quite a bit of time to really sink in. The…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    This is a tough film to rate. One could argue that it doesn't really have a plot, but that would be sort of missing the point. We are viewing the passage of time from the perspective of a character who has come to the end of theirs. The film is an experience more than a story, an attempt to bring a mood to the concepts of death and afterlife. It's at once deeply emotional and very cold and clinical. All…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    This is a standard fun Marvel film, if not top tier. The stunts are pretty fun, even if the action is oddly paced. It's a little odd that Scarlett Johansson gets so overshadowed in her own film, but Florence Pugh is so good that she easily runs away with it.

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    Winds up at about the same quality level as it's predecessor, though for different reasons. This film is more entertaining throughout, managing to better blend its exposition into its story. However, while 1994 found its stride in its third act, this film starts to falter at that point. It's about then when the film stops telling its own story, which it had done effectively, and starts forcing itself into the corner it needs to be in order to match up…

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    More of a director’s reel than a film. There are a lot of stylistic decisions in this film, each one more baffling than the previous. The film has some fun with the action, but then screeches to a halt with draggy drawn out sequences where little happens and none of it makes sense. The dialogue is childish, the needle drops are annoying, and so much slow mo that Zack Snyder would tell them to relax. It’s a film that makes you say “what” over and over as it just fumbles over itself left and right.

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    PROS
    The films characters are likable and their relationships mostly believable.

    The cinematography is strong, without being hard to see.

    CONS
    The dialogue is… not great.

    The 90s music goes a little overboard.

    The tone feels a little young for how graphic the film is

    VERDICT
    This film serves as a sort of “entry level” slasher. Tonally it’s more in line with youth horror, but contains more cursing and gore. The results sometimes work and sometimes don’t. Overall the film is good. It’s well crafted and the decision to make all of the characters likable leads to some real tension at the end.

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    PROS
    Excellent cast, all delivering strong, yet subtle performances.

    A film that excellently gets across a message about opportunity inequality without feeling preachy.

    A fun storyline with some truly great twists and turns.

    Soderbergh's direction is not showy, but still solidly keeps the film entertaining and flowing.

    CONS
    The narrative is fairly hard to follow, even at the end it's not totally clear how some characters were able to manipulate events.

    VERDICT
    This is a solid crime thriller that manages…

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    CONS:
    This movie is empty. It really just amounts to a lot of nothing.

    The tone is all over the place. One minute it’s dumb fun. The next it’s psychotically mean spirited.

    The villain is the worst kind of boring and poorly acted.

    There is no real flow from scene to scene. It’s just a collection of moments.

    PROS:
    Honestly, it’s so dumb that it becomes fun just enough times to keep from being unbearable.

    Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    PROS:
    The cinematography is stunning. This film is far more beautiful than it needed to be.

    The relationship between Ed and Lorraine is great. The actors have excellent chemistry and you can see how they not only love, but also respect one another.

    The storyline is actually pretty interesting whenever the film isn’t trying to copy the other Conjuring films.

    CONS:
    It’s not scary. Like at all. Which is mainly a problem when the film tries to copy James Wan’s…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    In the Heights rises above many other musicals due to its embracing of the medium of film. The film uses editing, cinematography and effects in creative ways to properly adapt the stage musical for the screen. This gives the film a sense of energy and fun during the musical sequences.

    The film also tells a nice story of embracing and accepting who you are and where you come from. The film does start to peter out a bit in the…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    Why am I not able to give this a sixth star?

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    Train to Busan is a solid Zombie action film. The film takes the rage zombie idea of 28 Days Later and throws it into a more hyperkinetic claustrophobic setting. The first act of the film is especially effective. It slowly builds up its protagonists and tension, hinting at what’s to come before suddenly letting the shit hit the fan.

    The film does start to drag as it goes on. Though the filmmaking is solid, and it does have some fun…