• Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★★★

    As much as I liked the characters, setting, and dialogue of Firefly, it really was just a problem of the week show that got cancelled before it could do anything really interesting. I'm sorry if that seems harsh because Firefly's first season is better than the first season of shows like X-Files and The Next Generation, and those were shows that really did get interesting eventually. As sad as Firefly's wasted was, however, I still wouldn't put it on the…

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★½

    I had my graduation party Sunday, so I had to finally check this one out.

    I really liked the first half of this movie. The dialogue was sharp, the acting was great, the humor was hilarious, I understood the characters and their motives.

    Once Dustin Hoffman went into stalker mode, its like the movie completely changed. The build-up with Mrs. Robinson was pretty much thrown out the window. I couldn't understand Dustin Hoffman and his new love interest's motivations. I…

  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★★★½

    Its not gonna impress the Gatsby purists, but I was never one of those anyway. I remember thinking The Great Gatsby was really brilliant when I was reading it, but since I finished it I've thought about it very little. Not as deep as it was hyped up to be maybe.

    This movie evokes a completely different atmosphere than the book invoked in me. Lights, parties, modern music, crazy visuals. When reading the book I pictured a dull, dreary, atmosphere…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★½

    Felt like it could have done more with its gimmick.

  • Sherlock - The Lying Detective

    Sherlock - The Lying Detective

    ★★★★

    Weirdest Sherlock episode so far. Surprisingly good though.

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill

    ★★★½

    Cute, used its premise well even if it didn't rise above the rom-com formula.

  • Some Kind of Bastard

    Some Kind of Bastard

    ★★★½

    I got the impression that this narrative was supposed to be experimental, and I enjoyed it. The “obsession sequence” with the metal detector and the red herring with the soda can under the guy’s legs were really cool parts in particular. I also liked the ending and the questions it raised.
    However, there were some confusing moments that took me out of the story:

    In the beginning, the main character finds his fishing line is tangled. If he’s just sitting…

  • Sherlock - The Six Thatchers

    Sherlock - The Six Thatchers

    ★★★½

    Weakest Sherlock episode so far.

  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    ★★★★

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

    Should have been 5 stars, but the dumb Inceptiony stuff made it lose one.

  • Sherlock: His Last Vow

    Sherlock: His Last Vow

    ★★★★½

    The gambit pile-up and twist-overload made this a little disorienting at times, but the finale is worth it.

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★½

    "Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works.”

    Ernest Hemingway said that. I first read that quote the day I saw this movie and this movie basically proved it's point.

    Bridge of Spies has a lot of great directorial flourishes by Spielberg. A suspenseful opening chase scene, a sequence that demonstrates the horror of East Germany, a couple great American speeches, what's not to like?

    The problem is that the narrative is stretched…

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets

    ★★★★

    Very Rough, but kind of epic in its own way. Can see how this was a big deal when it came out. The first dose of a master always feels special.