Movieman630 has written 69 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Ugh, almost every time I started to like a scene in this film it decided to trudge on well past the point where it made its, well, point. This is a good analogy for the film itself which effectively tells Its main joke in the first 30 minutes, then proceeds to do the same joke over and over and over and over and over for another two hours.

    Ultimately I agree with the filmmakers on the topic of climate change,…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    A fun musical that passionately details the highs and lows of the creative process. Andrew Garfield keeps the whole thing running, and there's a real sense of fun to the story. There are many aspects that feel formulaic, and no one song really stands out from the rest, but it's still a good time.

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★½

    CODA is pretty straightforward and follows the heartwarming coming of age story pretty specifically. That said, it does it so well that I'm prompted to say "who cares." There is so much heart and love in this film that it's difficult to come out of it unmoved. The characters are all believable. The conflicts are unique, but make sense for the characters given their position, and the film treats its story and all of its players with a real sense of respect. A moving, if predictable, film.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall is brimming with style, while not forgetting to tell an interesting story with strong characters. A true ensemble action piece, the casting of some of today's strongest actors into the roles of real life cowboys proves to be a masterstroke. We are instantly engrossed into this tale of crime and vengeance in a more wild time.

    The film is directed and scored with fascinating flourish by Jeymes Samuel, in his directorial debut. Admittedly, the narrative isn't…

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    Not a lot here to talk about. This film is basically John Wick without the personality. Odd pacing, and very confused senses of humor and morality knock it further.

  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    A very fun Christmas Musical. Albert Finney is having a blast and the visuals and music are solid.

  • Mother

    Mother

    Another great film by Bong Joon-Ho. He is a master of exciting stories about realistic people. His sense of character and grounding is powerful, and he manages twists that feel natural and exciting. Mother is entertaining and gripping and surprising all at once.

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    What do you get when you try to adapt two separate games into one film? Apparently a disjointed mess. Welcome to Raccoon City tries to be a more faithful adaptation of the games, but in the process mostly fails to be a film in and of itself.

    The decision to meld the stories of RE 1 and 2 proves the biggest head scratcher. The constant cutting between the stories saps away any of the tension that could have been built…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    The Power of the Dog is definitely a film to sit on for a bit. It's a very deep film, one with themes that are not necessarily apparent at the time of viewing, though which will sit with you long after the film is over. Despite this, it is constantly apparent that the film is building up to something. It's clear that there's a lot on its mind from the get-go, and the end does help to bring things into…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    Man, this movie is dull. It’s not poorly made, but it never feels like anything more than a collection of scenes. Sure, there is an overarching plot, and even films without a plot can be great, but this film never feels connected.

    Part of it must be the surface-level nature of everything here. The film seems to want to be important, but it’s mostly the same two or three conversations happening over and over. There isn’t a sense of flow…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

    Spencer is a wonderfully artistic film, which makes fantastic use of subjective Point of View. The film is an examination of the trauma that was caused to Diana through the nation and the crown forcing her to be somebody she was not. Kristen Stewart is brilliant in the film, and allows us to feel like we are inside her head, understanding the horrible situation she was in. The cinematography by Claire Mathon and the score by Johnny Greenwood excellently enhance all of this. A powerful, beautiful, fascinating experience.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    Eternals is easily the most out-of-the-box film in the MCU. When it does its own thing, it's a really interesting and engrossing tale that traverses some new ground. When it has to remind viewers that it's an MCU film, it's pretty annoying. Perhaps because the tone is mostly different than the rest of the MCU, those moments feel jarring, and serve to take the viewer out of the storyline.

    This somewhat extends to the film's need to be an action…