• Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★½

    Apocalyptic.

  • Wheels on Meals

    Wheels on Meals

    ★★★★

    Chan has the most beautiful physicality of maybe any performer ever, but this being an insanely generous movie means he never dominates the screen the way he does in the Police Story or Drunken Master series. Hung gives every stunt artist and actor their due—Chan's big fight is the centerpiece of the storming-the-castle climax, but it's offset by an equally good fistfight handled by Biao, and Hung himself crosses blades with the big bad in a swordfight that rivals The…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    Hews far closer to standard cape mode than BvS, which means my affection for it is much more surface level - I'll take its predecessor's galaxy-brain thematic swings and portent over a good time at the movies any day. But what a good time at the movies!!! Absolute structural marvel, four hours that fly by, crosscutting and interweaving with such deftness that I could have taken another hour. Its heroes are treated with such earnestness and care - even Miller's…

  • Saw II

    Saw II

    ★★★

    Incredibly mean and incredibly stupid in its meanness, but unfortunately there's a mechanical satisfaction to each cruel turn of the cogs that I can't deny. We'll see how long that lasts across another six movies; if they're all as dopily misanthropic as this one, I can't see the appeal lingering.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Honestly feels like the only one of these that matters sometimes - not a great film, not a fully uncompromised piece of cinema, but a work of art with a clear vision of what its subjects mean for the world beyond their own individual foibles. While that implies a turgid clash of philosophies, Snyder hangs his entry-level theological trappings on a trio of broken men desperately trying to either live up to or avenge the expectations thrust upon them by…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★½

    Sorry Aleph :(

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Movies are ghosts we're lucky enough to be haunted by until it's our turn to do the haunting.

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    ★★½

    Mostly made me want to rewatch Assault on Precinct 13 - Hill remains the king of '70s blues and keeps the momentum going, but there's only so much I can get invested in this camp when the characters are so thinly drawn. It feels weird to say about a film where a leatherclad group of Boy Scouts swordfights a gothed-up rival gang with baseball bats, but if anything Hill treats this macho bullshit too seriously - being earnest requires humanity,…

  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    OHHHHHHHH it ends with a scarf flying away because scarves are fragile and feminine and it's a METAPHOR see I'm gonna [redacted] [redacted] [redacted]

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★

    Takes the twin premises of creepypasta and prestige horror and folds them in on themselves, spiraling into something cosmic and truly frightening. I spent a large chunk of my viewing annoyed at the bloated, po-faced tack it was taking toward a central horror run into the ground years ago by The Babadook's many poor imitators, but the meandering path it takes is necessary, lulling the viewer into just enough of a bored complacency that when it shows what it really…

  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    Incompetent and witless, trusting the premise and its lead to shoot it to cult status without putting in any work to get there. Couple of the kills would be fairly entertaining if the action weren't cut to shit, and there's a compelling sort of dream logic to a silent Cage continuing to clean and play pinball in between bouts of animatronic gore--a dream logic that's unfortunately dispelled by the gang of how-do-you-do-fellow-kids who show up to serve as fodder. That and a wide aspect ratio don't cinema make, alas

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    "Digital vs. film, none of this shit matters!" then uh why'd you give Kodak their own title card Sam