ClownFish42

Movie watcher, Latter-day Mormon, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ ally

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  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable enough with a pretty lackluster ending and some very confused morals and character arcs. The final episode should have been stretched to at least two or even three to clear up some of the things they rushed into its finale. Still, I was interested in what was happening the rest of the series. I really enjoyed Wyatt Russell as John Walker even if his start was clunky and Marvel still will not acknowledge the trope of their white lead…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Riz Ahmed is exceptional. Forget anything else you’ve heard about this movie and go in expecting to see one of the best performances in recent memory.

    Although I’m not caught up on pretty much any of the Oscar movies this year, I am alarmed that Chadwick Bozeman and Anthony Hopkins were frontrunners when Ahmed is right here pulling this movie through every emotional beat and every story arc. Paul Raci grounds Ahmed’s character and, if I’m being honest, I wish…

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★½

    A uniquely fascinating look at the terror of being a parent and the continuation of grief. While a few individual scenes are composited a little weird or the color grading seems off, the technical issues are a minor aside to this masterful film. 

    Essie Davis is incredible as a grief-stricken and overworked mother with a troubled child. Every emotional beat works with her character and the way her eyes and action cue the tension is incredible. Her chemistry with Noah…

  • Hercules

    Hercules

    ★★★★

    This movie is a lot of fun. After some of the missteps of Aladdin I feel that Musker and Clements have crafted a much more silly and lively tale that allows for their comic sensibilities to shine without sacrificing character. 

    The movie is flawed in that it compromises having super compelling characters by having many many jokes that do not advance plot or show character but act as a nod and wink to the audience. But because the world and…