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  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    ★★★★

    "You fucked up, son."

    Never in my life have I screamed so much during a movie. The whole theater lost their shit any time Nicolas Cage did anything, and some of the gore is really intense. Mom and Dad is a ridiculous, over-the-top horror comedy that works best when it lets itself go absolutely nuts. It goes for some big thematic points that lack any real staying power, though some of the attempts at being profound were actually pretty funny.…

  • Insidious: Chapter 3

    Insidious: Chapter 3

    ★★★★

    I understand the criticisms, but personally, I wouldn't have wanted this to be any more like the first two. The other installments were fantastic but that story had run its course. The vibe overall was so directly a result of Wan's style and any attempt to replicate that would've failed. Whannell took the character with the most untapped potential and crafted a new narrative exploring her past and a very creative alternative storyline. It's not quite as engaging, nor is…

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  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★½

    me, running as fast as i can: "i appreciate your style, i just don't get it! please, leave me alone!"
    david lynch, galloping after me and playing a trumpet: "negativity is the enemy of creativity"

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    It's nearly impossible to review this film without writing about the sex scenes, and that's part of the problem. In depicting the intensity of first love, it's reasonable to present sex with a similar intensity, yet the duration and graphic nature of the sex scenes is so great that they pull focus from the rest of the narrative. Additionally, these scenes do nothing to propel the narrative forward, resulting in an uncomfortable, albeit arousing, stagnation. For a film that's already…