• Cop Land

    Cop Land

    ★★★½

    It’s not that Heavy, James Mangold’s debut feature was bad, but it’s impressive to see how quickly he crafted a confident and strong film with Cop Land. The cast gathered here is massive in their collected talent and everyone comes together as pieces of an intricate puzzle of dirty copes, with plenty of examples of genre actors playing against type. It’s hard to avoid mentioning Sylvester Stallone here, given the role of the rock to cling onto as the storm…

  • Air Force One

    Air Force One

    ★★½

    I wasn’t too hot on Air Force One the first time I saw it, but still felt an urge to revisit it. Hopefully to reevaluate it, but at least to get some airplane action and uh… I got at least one of those things. Putting the POTUS as an action hero and letting his political decisions be a part of the story is a very deliberate choice and for me, it makes it a bit hard to fully buy this…

  • Extreme Prejudice

    Extreme Prejudice

    ★★★★

    Almost a beautiful mess, in the sense that this is almost beautiful and almost a mess. Luckily, Extreme Prejudice makes it out just on the right edge of messy and for such a bloody, dirty film, this is quite gorgeous. This had me pumped to the max straight from the opening; a gobsmacking cast of faces from 80s genre films, slick credits and Ry Cooder’s incredible music. Basically every character has a big, bold and memorable introduction, all bordering on…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★½

    Talking about A Streetcar Named Desire makes it impossible not to mention Marlon Brando as the granite-chiseled man who effortlessly moves from handsome hunk to a terrifying abuser. The heart of the film though, lies in the dynamic between Kim Hunter and Vivien Leigh as the two sisters, with their shaky family relation and with Brando as the force of nature between them. Hunter and Leigh aren’t made into total victims under Brando’s control, having issues of their own and…

  • School Under Siege

    School Under Siege

    ★★★★

    Just like Jens Lekman, I remember the riots in Gothenburg of 2001. I was about to turn seven at the time and remember being riveted by the images of Gothenburg’s main street being torn up by stones and riots. As I grew older however, I learned more about the situation and realized more of the nuance in the whole situation, or to quote the orange man, that there’s “very fine people on both sides”. My final exam in high school…

  • Children of the Corn: Revelation

    Children of the Corn: Revelation

    ★½

    Going through every Children of the Corn-film makes me glad I do these “marathons” spread out over a long time, rather than watching them one after another because oh boy do these films feel like copies of each other. Revelation, the seventh film in the series feels like another reboot although not explicitly stated. Once again we follow a young protagonist arriving in a mysterious town searching for a family member and once again we have the familiar genre-actor popping…

  • Running Scared

    Running Scared

    ★★½

    I’m not really sure what this film wants. The idea of two cops opening a bar on a forced vacation is a sweet idea, but that unique concept is barely handwaved in a larger and generic police story. The dream of the bar becomes Running Scared’s answer to the “X days left before retirement”-trope and as such I guess it works fine, but the buddy cop movie built around it, I sadly found too ordinary.

    Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal

  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★½

    It shouldn’t work.

    I mean obviously, taking the train back to your old town and meeting your dead parents frozen in time is not a thing that should work, so much is clear. But it shouldn’t be possible to pull off the concept this effortlessly and make it feel so natural, yet All of Us Strangers carries an incredible confidence. To then manage to weave it together with a tragic love story between Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal inside the…

  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    ★★

    I wasn’t too hot on 2018s Aquaman, but the wacko world-building left some potential, I feel. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is also a film with potential, but unfortunately potential gradually squandered throughout the film. As I’m expecting my first child to arrive in about a month or so, I feel very susceptible to the kind of superhero-dad-dynamic teased at the beginning of this film, but with Aquaman’s child being a mere plot-point, none of the potential is really utilized.…

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★½

    It’s not that I dislike the bookends to Speed; the elevator-opening is a thrilling introduction to our main characters and the train-climax is fitting, but there’s a part of me that dream of a version of this film with all bus-mayhem. Partially, this is because Dennis Hopper’s villain—a cackling performance aside—isn’t very interesting but most of all, it’s because the bus-aspect of Speed is such an incredibly tight thrill-ride. As a sheer thriller, this is ridiculously well constructed; I love…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★

    As time changes, so do we. When I grew up, the Sam Raimi-trilogy of Spider-Man movies was the shit and I was all about them but when I saw The Amazing Spider-Man as an angsty 18-year old, I found it much better than the dorky trilogy from my adolescence. Now, more or less an adult, I’ve come to embrace much of the Raimi-trilogy and hold it in very loving regard, especially the second film that is an all-timer in the…

  • The Village of Roses

    The Village of Roses

    ★★★

    There’s something admirable to the simple, straightforward and raw simplicity of Rosornas by (The Village of Roses) but it does make this documentary something of a double-edged sword. This depiction of several years in a romani community living in the outskirts of Napoli, Italy is both a fascinating and loving portrait. It’s a captivating display of this community and the love they share, contrasted starkly against the sheer racism they face from the surrounding community. It constantly hovers like a…