• Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★

    Soderbergh’s use of exposition and his ability to create compelling characters through a tight series of introductions should be considered underrated when juxtaposed to the mess of an opening act that is Ocean’s Eleven (1966).

    And out of Dean Martin’s entire back-catalogue of fantastic music, why did they get him to sing Ain’t That a Kick in the Head several times over?...It made me wish I was being kicked in the head.

    I will say that the ending is far better than the 2001 remake and is worth sitting through the entire movie for.

  • Loki

    Loki

    ★★★½

    In Short: When WandaVision ended, I was left with a sinking feeling that there was untapped potential to the series and that all the right ideas were there but that they weren’t arranged in the correct way, in turn parading around as being the most unique Marvel property while never really doing anything more than the average installment in the franchise. Loki falls into the same category but instead of falling flat on its face, the series thrives and easily…

  • The Present

    The Present

    ★★★★

    SkyCorp Home Video doesn’t get the love that they deserve on YouTube, but every video they put out is fantastic and their short film The Present is no different. Mixing surreal Black Mirror-esque elements with dark comedy and stunning visuals, The Present showcases everything that SkyCorp excels in.

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    My expectations for Black Widow were low, so this movie came as a pleasant surprise. I mean, it isn’t ground-breaking or some fantastic narrative, but it is a movie that provides some well-deserved insight into the titular character (perhaps at a point in time where it no longer matters, but can still be appreciated nonetheless).

    When creating a film that centres around a character we already know the fate of which simultaneously introduces new characters played by big-name actors (obviously…

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★½

    Just in case you were worried about the lack of needle drops that a movie set in 1666 would entail, fear not because director Leigh Janiak is able to cram about 5 or 6 of them into the last 40 minutes of the movie.

    While I certainly enjoyed the experience I had while watching the Fear Street trilogy (I was never particularly blown away), this was the only part that felt completely draining and lifeless to watch. Maybe it’s because…

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★

    There’s something very special about Stand By Me which makes it difficult for me to put into words what makes the film resonate with me as much as it does.

    Perhaps it’s because of the simplicity of the story juxtaposed to the more adult themes of the time in one's life when the innocence of youth begins to fade away and is replaced with the harshness of reality and what awaits one down the road.

    And because of this, Stand…

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★

    While Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is certainly leagues ahead of Part One, this film still doesn't do anything remotely inventive on a narrative level for me to give it any more than 3 stars.
    For starters, Part Two doesn't do anything to rework the slasher genre (and the camp slasher sub-genre for that matter), but instead rehashes and recycles them as if certain tropes and situations were thrown to check off a box.

    However, the strengths of Part Two

  • Suspicion

    Suspicion

    ★★

    I had so much hope for this movie after hearing Cary Grant make a "your mom" joke, but unfortunately, Suspicion never reaches this high again.

    Suspicion is droll until the third act (which picks up and starts getting interesting once she suspects Cary Grant of murder), but the ending’s payoff is so anticlimactic that it really doesn't even matter by that point in time.

    I think this will be a complaint that I make every time I watch a Hitchcock…

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    ★★★½

    I don't think that there's any better way to summarize Independence Day other than the following two videos:

    youtu.be/1W6ucN4h20I

    youtu.be/tkkQQr4vdV4

    Independence Day is without a doubt the definitive explanation of what American culture has been for the better part of a half a Century. Everything from asking citizens not to shoot at the spaceships and the pro-military gung-ho attitudes of the main characters to the President's speech (which does undeniably make me feel proud of a country that I don't…

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★½

    I never grew up reading the works of R.L Stine, so I can't really comment on the accuracy of this adaptation and nor do I hold any form of nostalgia towards this franchise. I have to admit that the main draw of the Fear Street trilogy was the relatively unique attempt to tell a horror anthology through a three-part event and the narrative potential that this could possess.

    While I didn't necessarily love Fear Street Part One: 1994, I feel…

  • We Are Sasquatch

    We Are Sasquatch

    ★★★

    I knew it was a Friday, because I remember the day before to be a Thursday.

    Joel Haver has continuously proven himself to be one of the most creative and ingenious creators on YouTube and We Are Sasquatch is no exception.

    While I can’t say I loved every aspect of the film (some line delivery felt flat and the runtime overstayed its welcome), it is clear that there was a lot of love and passion put into this project (not…

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★★★

    While it might not be as narratively consistent with Raiders of the Lost Ark and has some of the worst side characters I have seen in any film (one of whom embodies the worst of the worst when it comes to damsel-in-distress characters and the other who is slightly less annoying than Flim Flam from Scooby-Doo), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is still a very fun and action-packed film (seriously the way the action set-pieces manage to build…