Quite possibly the best animation in film ever - an artful masterpiece of strikingly different but equally gorgeous styles to represent the various worlds inhabited by the many creative and unique characters in the Spider-verse. A deeply emotional, layered, epic, awesome, and heavy story plays out that challenges relationships and builds toward some terrifying stakes as the narrative forces the idea of whether or not one should change fate onto the dual protagonists of Miles and Gwen. This is the…
The Eight Mountains 2022
Pietro and Bruno, two 12 year-old boys who meet merely by chance. Bruno lives in the Alpine village of Grana and is the only child left after most of its inhabitants (including Bruno’s father) abandoned the mountain life for more lucrative work near larger towns. Pietro is on a summer getaway with his mother from their usual lives in the bustling city. Perhaps out of necessity, perhaps because they are truly two souls meant to discover one another, the two…
Still cute and fun to get that 80s vibe, but revisiting this after enjoying a binge re-watch of the Bay movies had me really missing his particular style and the more serious tone he was sometimes able to achieve. There hasn't been a truly great Transformers live-action movie yet. They all have some strengths, and some just have more weaknesses than others.
Single White Female 1992
I always just put "Gondor calls for aid" in my roommate wanted ads and whoever responded back first with "And Rohan will answer" got the space. Never had a problem with someone trying to dress like me, kill my pet, or manipulate my significant other.
Thor: Love and Thunder 2022
When everything is a joke, is anything actually funny? The first half is overly ridiculous and toothless even for Waititi. The CGI is often awful. The second half makes actual attempts at emotion, but it feels soooooo forced at this point and barely works. Luckily a terrifying Christian Bale as Gorr is at least something worth paying attention to for the performance even if they completely waste a badass villain concept by rushing through it. I LOVE where it ended…
The Batman 2022
Dark, gritty, and moody, this is a bleak story that provides the Dark Knight an opportunity to showcase his great detective skills more so than maybe ever before. The action is exciting, too, and feels like the fight choreographers must have played the excellent series of Arkham games. Cinematography, score, and Zoe Kravitz are all aces, while Pattinson shines as the Bat and mostly bores as endlessly depressed Bruce. Serkis as Alfred is fine, but forgettable, and Dano as The…