Movieman630 has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    If you liked the first A Quiet Place you’ll probably like this one. It doesn’t really change the formula, but it updates just enough to not feel pointless.

    The film’s greatest strength, and greatest weakness, is that it focuses on individual sequences more than an overall narrative. This leads to the film’s set pieces being just as tense and terrifying as the first film’s. The sound design is absolutely perfect, using silence to fantastic effect. The performances are another highlight,…

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    This is a fun movie. Most of it serves as a serviceable, if somewhat straightforward and predictable, thriller. What elevates it is the lead performance of Dan Steven’s. Even though you pretty much know his deal early on, he’s charming enough to stay likable throughout and he’s clearly having a good time playing the character, which makes it fun to watch. The film muddies itself up in the third act (it doesn’t quite nail the balance of what to explain and what not to explain) but Stevens is able to hold attention through it all.

  • Troop Zero

    Troop Zero

    Troop Zero is a very cute film with a great message. It uses it's rural Georgia in the 70s setting to highlight a story about allowing children to be and become who they are, rather than forcing them to fit some mold. The brilliant cast of child actors hammers this home, as each one is unique and likable in their own way. Sure the film is a little hokey, and a little safe, and doesn't always give its plot points the attention they deserve, but it's so upbeat and meaningful that it's hard to actively dislike anything about it.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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