• Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    ★★★

    These people really need to stop stabbing each other. After the fourth stab I’m just like, “bro, you had to see that coming!”

  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Over the Garden Wall
  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

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

    I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with Craig’s bond movies. Casino Royale is easily the best, but then every subsequent movie goes out of its way to NOT do everything that worked about Casino Royale! I don’t get it. Hard to argue with Skyfall because it’s so beautiful, but even it leans more into the classic Bond tropes, it’s just grim about it. While NTTD is better than Quantum and Spectre, it still moves away from what works…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    Could’ve used less CGI dogs, less voice-over and exposition from Cruella, less needle-drops, and been 30 minutes shorter. But overall, I appreciated that this tried to be unique, used some interesting camera movement, and had some good costume and set design. But why is this movie almost 2.5 hours long?

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Nothing like watching it for the first time, but definitely a rewarding rewatch. It is just so alive. I feel like I can smell it.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★½

    Dang that was crazy.

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★½

    Pretty good movie. Pretty hilarious ADR of Marlowe mumbling sweet nothings under his breath. Also, surprise Arnold Schwarzenegger!

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★

    Overall take:
    Hamilton has the catchier songs, but this is my favorite work of Miranda’s thus far. Much more personal and true to life, not that it has to be a comparison. But I think this is Miranda at his most raw. While Hamilton is certainly the “magnum opus,” at the end of the day, there’s more in In The Heights as an entire piece that would make me want to return to it again and again.

    Filmmaking:
    Cho managed to…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Like food for the soul, especially on a rainy day. This film keeps on giving. Full of thoughtfully crafted images, compelling story/performances, and an underlying message that I haven’t fully wrapped my head around but can’t help but think “acceptance.” It’s not perfect, but it never fails to be honest, which is most important.

    Also, gotta be one of the greatest first features from a director in the past decade, at least.

  • The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada

    ★★★

    Definitely have seen parts of this, but never the whole thing. It was fine? First thing I noticed was how intentional & energetic the cinematography was. You won’t find a movie like this made today that doesn’t look like a TV movie.

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill

    ★★★★

    Unrushed, earnest, funny, cheesy...all elements of a bye-gone movie era.