matt ovolteen

your friendly neighborhood substitute teacher who loves movies 🐢🐢

Favorite films

  • Dune
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Toy Story 2

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★★

  • The Happening

    ★★

  • The Color of Money

    ★★★★

  • The Hustler

    ★★★½

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  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    ★★★★

    When looking at Martin Scorsese's whole filmography, there are a couple films that really stand out for being against type. As I made my list in preparation for my watch-through, I couldn't help but feel dispassionate about watching Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. But my preconceived expectations were slashed right through the heart as I watched a beautiful film that proves Martin is not just that gangster movie guy.

    This would be the first film Scorsese got serious awards buzz…

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★★

    12 quirked up white boys + Jesus Christ himself wander around evangelizing. A deeply religious and personal project for Scorsese, I really respect the guy for persevering and getting this picture made despite all the setbacks and pushback from radical nut jobs. 

    Previous Scorsese: The Color of Money

  • The Happening

    The Happening

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What better way to prep for M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film by watching one of his most beloved? Just kidding, The Happening seems to be universally hated and for good reason. Now I’m not sure if this airborne chemical that makes people commit suicide coming from the trees was the big twist, but the ubiquitousness of this film lead to me already knowing it was the trees all along. 

    This doesn’t quite fall into the “so bad it’s good” category,…

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★½

    Babylon was the last movie I saw in theaters in 2022, and now it’s the first one I’ve seen in 2023. I decided this film deserved that latter distinction more than M3GAN

    After listening to the soundtrack in my car for a week straight and forcing all my friends to listen to it all New Year’s Eve, I can confirm this is the best score of the year. If this doesn’t win the Academy Award I will personally lead riots through the streets.

  • M3GAN

    M3GAN

    Oh boy it sur3 is January. This movi3 is a jok3. M3GAN is anoth3r viral TikTok movi3 and just lik3 Smile it is laughably bad. But not in a fun, 3njoyabl3 way, mor3 lik3 a g3nuin3ly painful 3xp3ri3nc3. Th3 p3rformanc3s w3r3 by far th3 worst off3nd3r; th3 d3liv3ri3s and production of it all was lik3 watching a Hallmark movi3 try to b3 scary. And to s33 this with such a pack3d crowd? I don't normally go to th3 th3at3rs on…