a dabbler in film criticism / a storyteller looking for stories to remember
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 2019
That moment when all of the villains bring knives to a gunfight and wonder why Wick is unkillable…
Mary and Max 2009
I was not expecting a rated R stop motion movie, but this was weird, gross, and possibly too quirky.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 2019
Yes. This is Tarantino. No doubts. From one stylistically gooey scene to the next, this movie crafts a Pulp Fiction competitor that follows the same sort of split-narrative technique. As a viewer, you lose yourself in the glossy, petty, dirty facade of Hollywood and become stirred in the mesh-pot of the over-privileged, the talented, and the rough. With a crybaby Leonardo DiCaprio and moments of Brad Pitt beating up Bruce Lee, there’s not much to disappoint. It’s a true Tarantino Hollywood fairytale — one hundred ten percent.
Sound of Metal 2019
This should at the very least win an Oscar for sound design. With a very strong and delicate performance by Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal is nothing less than an immersive, empathetic experience. It is simple storytelling well-told that focuses on its moments, lingering in the feelings more than the plot. Which it does well. It doesn’t ever take the easy route and resort to melodrama or cheesy, hit-in-you-the-face studio-controlled dialogue. Instead, it shows. It peers into a reality that…