I remember exactly the viewing experience I had with the first Avatar, I had my hopes up and was ultimately distracted by 3D elements and underwhelmed with the story that felt like a retread. In the more than a decade since that came out I have had a bit of a James Cameron renaissance, realizing that Terminator 2 is a perfect movie and one of my all-time favorites, as well as seeing Titanic for the first time and finding there…
The Big Sick 2017
I give myself a little annual challenge of revisiting the movies from five years ago to see how they hold up and to hunt down movies I missed the first time around. This year I finally finished up my 2017 watch list just about in time for the Oscars. The Big Sick is still a great comedy and the joke where the Ray Romano asks Kumail his thoughts on 9/11 is an all-timer.
Good Night Oppy 2022
The whole movie is made by the story of the girl that was in the room at touchdown and worked for NASA on the rover's last day.
Infernal Affairs 2002
A very enjoyable time capsule to late-'90's early-2000's Japanese movies and it's cinematic joy. The Departed is one of my favorite movies and this has a lot of the same beats but is just a bit off and shows how much Scorsese added to make his movie so incredible. Oddly, his passion project of Silence is much more of a bear for bear remake of the Japanese film that comes from than this.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 2018
This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.
You can’t have a Host without a Parasite. I tried really hard to come in to this movie cold and based on the name alone I figured it would be one of the Bong science fiction movies like The Host, Okja or Snowpiecer. I didn’t realize it would be one of his straight thrillers like Mother or Memories of a Murder until I was walking up to the ticket counter and heard an old man with his grandson giving him…