• Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★½

    Halloween Kills was my most anticipated film of 2020 until it was delayed a full year, and like many who hold the original film in extremely high regard, found David Gordon Green 2018's reboot/sequel to be a step in the right direction for the franchise, realistically continuing the story of Laurie Strode as a broken woman riddled with PTSD while leaning into the evil of Michael Myers, embracing what made the character so terrifying forty-three years later. Picking up exactly…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    It is rare when a remake can surpass an original film in every single way, and while David Cronenberg's The Fly is arguably the strongest example of this sentiment, it also shows the power of horror cinema and how much the genre is creatively driven. Hosting some of the greatest practical effects to ever exist, The Fly is not only a horrifically disturbing look into the consequences of transformation, but a deeply tragic romance inevitably doomed. It is hard to…

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★½

    I was five years old when the final episode of The Sopranos premiered, so I was surprised when I heard that the show was being revived with a prequel film nearly fifteen years later. I'm no stranger to television series continuing into theatrical territory, yet films like Serenity, El Camino, and The Simpsons Movie all came out at a time where the popularity had reached a peak, while Alan Taylor's The Many Saints of Newark feels about a decade too…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★

    Titane had been one of my most anticipated films of this year since winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival this year, and while I am in the minority for having disliked Julia Ducournau's Raw, I have always admired her inventive and fearless approach behind the camera. She truly is an inspiration for aspiring directors of small-scale horror, and I don't believe I'm being hyperbolic when I say this is the most disturbing and wickedly twisted film of 2021.…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★½

    The Venom films have acted as the black sheep of the Marvel Universe, in that while films under Kevin Feige's control have tried to push the films in bold new directions, Sony has gone in the opposite route to embrace the ridiculous nature of 2000's superhero films. I have never been opposed to this choice, and while I found many elements of Ruben Fleischer's original well-executed, such as the relationship between Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock and Venom, the generic and…

  • The Addams Family 2

    The Addams Family 2

    The Addams Family 2 is excruciating in every sense of the word. I had watched the original during spooky season last year, and while I despised almost every minute of its hideous animation and joyless attempts at humor, believed that maybe, just maybe, the strength of these iconic characters could be put to good use in a improved follow-up. This was not at all the case, with the result being a truly dire sequel with no artistic merit whatsoever, solely…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    ★★

    Dear Evan Hansen is the type of fascinating misfire that makes you wonder where everything went wrong. Adapted from a musical that took home six Tony awards all while stirring controversy for its portrayal of mental illness, it makes sense that a feature film could even out harsher criticisms all while preserving the magic of the original work. Instead, the film feels paved with one ill-conceived choice after another, executing the story in a tonally confused and desperately manipulative manner…

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★★

    Ghost in the Shell is one of the rare sci-fi films that present a completely immersive visual experience all while delivering a bold and compelling story. The characters are complex and immediately engaging, director Mamoru Oshii reveling in both the slow and rapid nuances of a cyberpunk dystopia. This was the first film that introduced me to Japanese animation, and while I have seen many other Anime films and series since then, I cannot think of a film that created…

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★

    I wasn't expecting much from the 2011 remake of Fright Night, but after a rather uneventful first act, dramatically ramps up into a grisly and surprisingly endearing coming-of-age adventure, led by the late, great Anton Yelchin going up against his villainous next-door neighbor, portrayed by the effortlessly charming Colin Farrell. Craig Gillespie is one of the blandest directors working today, and while there are moments of inspired camerawork, the largest disappointment stems from how bland the film looks technically, despite…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★½

    Clive Barker is one of the most underrated horror writers to ever come out of the 80's, and while he only directed only a few of his screenplays throughout the years, Hellraiser is one of the best feature debuts I have ever seen, blending incredible practical effects with an original and inventive story that elevates the film past similar B movies relying on shock value and expendable teenagers.

    What I found to be the most engaging aspect was the relationship…

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★

    Makoto Shinkai saw unprecedented success with Your Name. back in 2016, sending shockwaves through the international box office before becoming similarly embraced overseas. I had not seen this film up until last week, and while I remember watching part of it when it first came out, I'm glad that I have been able to experience so much more work from the likes of Satoshi Kon and Studio Ghibli since then. What appears to be a simple drama revolving around a…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★

    I remember renting out a library copy of Insidious when I was eleven years old, and besides the fact it became one of my favorite horror films of all time, James Wan was the one who made me fall in love with horror. His later filmography has had its ups and downs, but his flair for slick spectacle and understanding of the genre has always gotten me excited for whatever he puts out next. Malignant may seem on the surface…