• Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★

    Thankful I saw this trapped in a theater or I think I would have gotten distracted. There hasn't been a more expensive, difficult to access as an audience film since... Cats? I'm sure there are better examples, but I guess all the movies set to become first in a franchise flamed out so hard they've become forgotten. There is a lot to like within this tall stack of whatever, and those who compare it to Thor 2 probably haven't seen…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

    There's so much going on in this movie, just runs of complicated dialogue over frenetic moving images that hurriedly and meticulously craft a narrative that make you stop and reflect, thinking "What exactly did I just watch? I think I need to watch it a few more times." Favorite part for some reason was Frances McDormand continuing to write as Bill Murray walks in and reads her submitted story, and Bill Murray's character proceeds to have nothing in the way…

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

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

    This film fucking rules.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    A great first half of a movie. I worry of a world in which WB completely steps on their own dick and decides that Part One is enough. The cinematography, score, costumes, everything in this first half of a movie are fantastic. That said, the IMAX theater I saw it in was way too loud. This movie has intense images and sound, but I checked my watch's decibel reader during the credits and it was hitting 95 dB easily. I…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Gotta love how there’s only 5 deaths in the whole movie and you only see the body for one of them and not the actual kill. Somehow managed to not know the surprising ending to the opening POV shot, which was so brilliantly executed. That’s right, I somehow hadn’t seen a Halloween franchise movie (although I think I saw parts of H20?) and am worried how schlocky this franchise becomes, just based on sequel photocopy techniques of the 70s/80s etc.…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★

    There were certainly parts I enjoyed, and the inventiveness and execution is well worth merit, but the movie just wasn't for me. I don't like the Deadpool-like humor that a lot of R rated stuff is leaning toward, like Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, that feel like it wants you to laugh at gruesome stuff. It's better than the previous Suicide Squad if for no other reason than Jared Leto was not involved in any way, plus the expanded role and impact…

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★★½

    What great fun. Seems as much inspired by 1980s comedies starring midwestern and Canadian nice folks as it is cut from something completely new and weird and great. The irrepressible musical number from Jamie Dornan and the strange but welcome appearance by Richard Cheese highlight the company that Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo have brought on their wild ride. The plot is almost impossible to predict, because it's designed that way. Of course, everything makes perfect sense as you reach…

  • Ramona

    Ramona

    ★★★½

    I am fascinated by the simplicity of this production. There is so much that isn’t explicit in the telling that I’m surprised it’s broken through enough where I can watch it on criterion channel. The subtly verging on neglect of the storytelling as you can blink and miss that she’s left a man with his mouth taped shut in her car at the start, or just the subtle inferences of a revenge-like nature by using a folder full of bloody…

  • Dementia

    Dementia

    ★★★★★

    The idea of rejecting sound for a movie is one I can absolutely empathize with. Made in the mid 1950s, this story manages to get across so much without any dialogue, relying on experiential editing and well crafted looks to convey an increasing sense of insanity and paranoia. A deeply inspired film that I wish there were more like.

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    There is too much going on and too many endings. At too many points it felt like characters were supporting a narrative vehicle instead of feeling fully fleshed out. There were some very inventive devices, like the incorporation of an indie game being absorbed by a massive company and then being unreleased in service of their AAA game. But it was hard to really follow what the stakes were- obviously there’s the lawsuit and the self-awareness of Guy, but I…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★★

    A very different film, feels very similar to Lowery’s A Ghost Story- the ambiguity, the circular nature, the understanding of death’s eventuality as just a note in the continuum. I wish there was more throughout the whole movie, more listless adventuring, more pondering of what happens when your hero doesn’t ever do the right thing completely. But yeah, loved the idea of a Knight who wants the accolades but is intimidated by adventure. Dev Patel fucking rules as always, and this project is blessed with great everything.

  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart

    ★★★★★

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

    What an absolute fucking trip. I highly recommend not looking up anything about this movie before watching it because the way everything unfolds is really impressive. I will say, there are depictions of nudity, blood, dead bodies, and weird sex, so if any of that bothers you maybe look elsewhere, but if it doesn't, just go ahead and fire up this movie. There is a distinct lack of trying to rein in the director as there are many shots and…