• The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★★½

    Worth the watch for the dueling insane Rami/Jared performances and the Chinese arithmetic line. Liked it.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight seems to be about a lot of things at once, but central to the narrative are a series of exchanges (both literal and figurative) which ask us to question what it means to honor our word, the value (or lack thereof) in seeking greatness over goodness, and most importantly the cost of claiming something that is undeserved.

    These are broad and complex quandaries to consider, and I think David Lowery is happier to contemplate rather than attempt…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    Old is a gift from M Night Shyamalan to all the movie lovers out there who have embraced and defended his big-swing, risky-as-hell brand of filmmaking. Even when Night's movies occasionally miss the mark, watching them is never less than superbly exciting. There's a level of boldness and creativity that comes guaranteed with his film-making which I vastly prefer to 99% of the more safe wide-release movies we're getting nowadays. Thankfully, Old sits firmly among his best movies in my…

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★

    Definitely a cut above 1994 while still retaining most of that film’s problems (ie it’s still a Netflix film with colour-grading about as thoughtful or aesthetically pleasing as an Instagram filter). 

    1978 is a lot less hyperactive compared to 1994, which is a smart choice. Not only is it reminiscent of 1978’s most obvious inspirations, but there’s a real sense of glee in watching these characters wade deeper into the woods in search of a witch’s house. It’s a little…

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★

    Must admit that I kinda lost the plot by the end, but the movie is still very entertaining if you can keep the broad strokes of the story organized in your head (kind of like Tenet in that regard). 

    The cast is great and Soderbergh is a great director. I’m not in any hurry to watch it again but I also would’ve gladly watched another hour if this was some 3 hour epic.

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★

    As someone who desperately wants unpretentious slashers to make a return to mainstream cinema, I’m legitimately thrilled about the very existence of Fear Street. 

    The first instalment (1994) is a mixed bag which I still enjoyed quite a bit. I appreciate that a Netflix original movie was able to sneak in some gnarly kills and surprising deaths. None of the characters feel like they’re above getting killed off, which is a huge asset for any horror movie. There’s a bit…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★

    This was clearly the best Pixar movie of the last decade. By far the most visually rich movie they’ve ever made with compositions that totally obliterate shit like Soul and Inside Out. And however slight the story may be, it’s still better than whatever new “meaning of life” movie Pixar is probably dreaming up now. It’s got tons of laughs, it’s never less than gorgeous to look at, and the family dynamics are just as satisfying as ever. 

    Pixar I’m begging you to make more movies like this.

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★

    Would be lying if I said this didn’t totally rope me in. Everyone has had those sleepovers at 12 years old where you and your friends convince each other there really are aliens up there watching our every move, and it’s only a matter of time until they expose themselves. This movie captures that feeling perfectly.

    For all the people who say “this really could’ve just been a radio play”..... you’re right? But how is that a good criticism of…

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    Same likes and dislikes as Fast Five, but this one lacks the cool Rio setting. I really like these movies for their heart-on-sleeve macho attitude, but you really wish that the editing of the action scenes was more considered. It's frustrating to see all these cool cars doing sweet-ass stunts and driving really fast, while never fully being able to appreciate all that because of the way its edited. I beg Lin or his editor (or both) to just consider…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five

    ★★★½

    Terrific stunt work and admirably outlandish. I’ll automatically love most movies where you’ve got two walking manifestations of juiced up masculinity from opposite sides of the law entwined in a sweaty battle to the bitter end. Bonus points if they reconcile their differences and clasp hands during a near-death experience. 

    Justin Lin is a good director, I think. He understands the draw of the hyper-machismo, constantly sweaty atmosphere of these things. The action scenes are shot pretty nicely too, but…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    Mostly an entertaining Disney riff which shows us what Joker (2019) would look like as directed by Nancy Meyers with two appropriately theatrical performances from Emma Stone and Thompson. I liked it!

    Extremely cringe a lot of the time, but the set design, costumes, and cinematography make for some very pleasing visuals to distract from moments such as the one where Cruella’s hatred for Dalmatians is explained through an absurdly hilarious scene where a pack of Dalmatians totally body her…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    Pale imitation of the first two Conjuring movies. This is a perfect example of why I should never get excited about a movie JUST because it's part of a particular franchise. James Wan is the beating heart of these movies and they're not about to reinvigorate the series without him or another interesting auteur ready to put their own spin on things. I'm sure they'll milk it for all it's worth, regardless. There's some good stuff to be found here…