Movieman630 has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    There are a lot of cool, interesting things going on in Barbarian, but I find that they ultimately add up to something that's less than the sum of its parts. It's fun to watch the constant plot twists, but at the end of the day there's not much more there. It does have some elements that deal with how dangerous it is to be a woman in the world. These themes are interesting, but occasionally seem at odds with, rather…

  • Octopussy

    Octopussy

    I am so amazed I had as much fun as I did with this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from top tier Bond, but it’s also far from the franchise nadir it had been hyped up as.

    There are, of course, the usual problems. It’s too long, the main villain is a bore, the action is slow. That said, after the self seriousness of For Your Eyes Only, the fact that this film embraces its goofiness is a plus.…

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    Not really a lot here, but pleasant enough for a plane ride.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    More of a collection of scenes than a film. Thankfully most of these scenes are pretty good. There are certainly major issues with the film, but the performances are pretty uniformly great. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s solid.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix resurrections is trying to do a lot, but unfortunately I think the ambition outweighs the execution. There are so many ideas that most don’t really get developed. This especially mars the first half of the film, which has to establish these ideas while revisiting old themes, reintroducing the world and providing a meta commentary on the state of media consumption.

    Thankfully, the film regains a lot of good will in the second half as it allows it’s sentimental…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    Hell raiser goes quite a ways on imagination alone, but is held back by a clunky execution. Most of the runtime is devoted to a subplot that winds up being something of a non sequitor, set up for things that don’t really come to pass. The meat of the film is almost entirely confined to the final third. That said, while the film could have gotten some mileage out of teasing it’s villains, it instead blows that by showing them…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Wendy

    Wendy

    I'd be lying if i said I wasn't a little disappointed with Wendy. Beasts of the Southern Wild was my favorite film of 2012, so perhaps I simply set my expectations too high. While it wasn't a bad film by any means, the film's lack of character work means that it's difficult to connect to on an emotional level. None of the kids really stand out that much, aside from Peter and Wendy, and even Peter feels underdeveloped as a…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a frustrating, if not quite negative, experience. There's an unexpected sense of sloppyness to it, a far cry from the very well put-together Force Awakens and Last Jedi. It also largely shifts gears, eschewing much of the ongoing storylines of this trilogy in favor of telling a brand new story, one which had no buildup in its predecessors. This odd choice, one of several in the film, leads to a movie that…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    I will say this, Child's Play is significantly stronger than I ever thought it would be. While I do not agree with this film's existence, especially when the creator of the original series is still doing projects with the character, it's clear that nobody involved in this remake was phoning it in. There's a clear sense of effort from the acting right down to the cinematography. It's also admirable that the film tries to be it's own thing. Though the…