Cinemology has written 233 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    Greta Gerwig has shown twice now that she should be a household name. She knows where your heart is and she will do with it what she will. I can’t imagine writing words worthy of the beautiful performances guided and captured perfectly. Please make me cry more.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★★

    Growing up this was my favorite of the prequels. It has all the drive of a second act, exploring characters and allowing them to deepen with emotional consequence and risk. That said, some of the elements I thought were cool but weird have a stranger pallor through my jaded eyes. Specifically the R2 and 3PO adventures as R2 suddenly rockets around and 3PO is limber enough to cling off a speeding cart. Clearly Lucas wished his toys could move more. Enjoying the packed and lingering static master shots. Also is Qui-Gon Master Sifo Dyas?

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★★★

    I don’t buy that Qui-Gon couldn’t have traded the fastest podracer for Anakin’s mom. He seems like he has everything figured out but genuinely surprised at his own death, he could see the future etc, has a face of knowing when Padme reveals she’s the queen, but didn’t think he’d get bested in that moment. Bail Organa almost became Supreme Chancellor! Also, what’s up with the Trade Federation-allied robots that help clean up the busted Battle Droids during the Gungan/Droid skirmish? Nobody talks about these things.

  • The Aristocats

    The Aristocats

    ★★★★★

    “Darn tootin I’m on the level!” 
    I watched this with my cat.

  • Veslemøy's Song

    Veslemøy's Song

    ★★★★

    I'm a sucker for cinema as poetry, and this handcrafted tale of a woman seeking answers and finding an abrupt end to a mystery is perfectly reflexive as the mystery itself. Watched on MUBI

  • Joker

    Joker

    ½

    I saw it. It’s without a doubt one of the worst travesties ever inflicted on cinema. The character is unlikeable on purpose, sure, but it’s because it’s not a fully fleshed out idea that causes such a major disconnect. There are stories that teach you to appreciate people who are broken inside, there are stories that string you along in familiar territory until suddenly you become uncomfortable with the actions and choices taken by the people you’ve followed. The Joker…

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable but still confusing

  • The Exterminating Angels

    The Exterminating Angels

    The balls on this piece of shit director to make what amount to basically a veering on pornographic retelling and explanation of a crime which he pleaded guilty to, that of enticing women to perform sexually explicit scenes for him in private rooms. The fiction presented suggests everything was consensual, and every actress was more than enthusiastic, the writer/director going so far as suggesting that the reason he was arrested and charged was because the experience was so profound that…

  • Spread

    Spread

    ★★★

    There are some beautiful shots, but the story falls fall short of presenting something profound. The voice Ashton Kutcher uses for the character is one of the strangest things that's been presented as important to a piece of cinema. There seems to be no reason for it, but it pairs well with his being cast in the Steve Jobs biopic that nobody watched. Watched on MUBI

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★★★

    This is a real movie. Matthew McConaughey plays an absurd character and the rest of the actors play it as though he’s a genius inspiration, but most importantly they play it like he’s a given. This world has normal things, like immense wealth, weed, and Moondog. There’s a great scene where his daughter is getting married, and he’s late because he was banging some random bar owner in an open kitchen, then arrives wheeling the grandmother and runs her across…

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★★★

    Shia LaBeouf has never turned in a disappointing performance. He inhabits his characters, fully and truly. He is unlikeabke in the beginning but will likely bring you to tears as his sincerity and hope to become a better and fuller person carry this film and ascend what could have been a feel good romp into a truly dramatic and heartfelt piece. Zack Gottsagen stands boldly in contrast of Shia’s rocketing rebellion as a man who wants independence, freedom, and to…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    I haven’t watched a cut of this film in ten years and in the meantime it got absolutely horrifying. The sound is sharper, helicopter blades, bullets and screams cutting like knives into your eardrums. A droning score puncturing would-be silence  between intense moments throughout the first act, not allowing a moment’s rest in the highly intense and forboding piece about “the horrors” of war. I haven’t seen this film in a long time, so almost every moment and cut felt…