The Oscar Expert has written 56 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Life Ahead

    The Life Ahead

    ★★★

    It’s fine. It does what you expect it to and nothing more. But there were enough genuine moments that I liked it overall. Sophia Loren and Ibrahima Gueye are very good. I don’t think there is a reason to nominate Loren for an Oscar other than her just being Sophia Loren. It’s just Central Station but not as good.

  • Babyteeth

    Babyteeth

    Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace have built fascinating, unpredictable, characters. Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis's performances are absolute gems. Both would be deserving of Oscar nominations and it's tragic that neither has ever been recognized by the Academy. Seriously one of the best acted films of the year.

    The ending was fantastic and took the film to another level for me. There are some threads in this story that felt a little off, but I really cared about these characters and the performances were really memorable.

  • Totally Under Control

    Totally Under Control

    Happy voting day everyone. We need to vote this fuckass dipshit out of the White House if we want science to be something we value as a nation.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Fascinating to look at, mostly fun, but the the story is really forgettable and the characters are some of the least interesting I’ve witnessed in an animated film.

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★½

    I was shocked to find that Maria Bakalova was not a comedian, she was just super committed. Not as fresh or clever as the first, but a more than worthy sequel that, at its best, exposes the insanity of a surprisingly large portion of this country.

  • French Exit

    French Exit

    There was nothing worth caring about in any of these people or in the relationships they had with each other. And that's the bare minimum of what I ask for in a drama.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    All I have for you is a word. Janitor. It’ll open the right doors. Some of the wrong ones, too.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Sixet

  • Human Nature

    Human Nature

    ★★

    Unfunny and annoying. The characters aren’t real people and thematically it’s just really a obvious commentary about how humans are kind of just apes but also not really. Stunning that Kaufman and Gondry made this.

  • The Kissing Booth 2

    The Kissing Booth 2

    As a DDR aficionado (can full combo Max 300 on Heavy, come at me) I can attest that not a single bit of DDRing in this thing made any sense

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    This is a fantastic piece of minimalist filmmaking. Julia Garner is phenomenal and Kitty Green's direction put me in a really uncomfortable headspace. I felt powerless watching it.

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    When Jodie Foster infiltrated Bill's house the dog wouldn't shut the fuck up and she kept trying to silence it...

    It's not a coincidence that the doggy is fluffy and white