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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★

    Not to be purposefully contrarian, but this is one of those rare occasions, where I feel completely outside of the box that everyone else is in. I just cannot fathom the reasons why this film is getting so much praise, and it feels strange to even try to make that argument in which the film is undeserving, when it is not even a bad movie. It just feels like a more freshly polished mediocre one.

    Don't get me wrong, I…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

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

    Comparisons to other films are inevitable as Paul Schrader wears his influences on his sleeve, ironically enough including himself with his earlier work (i. e. Taxi Driver). The film begins like a modern day remake of Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light, with the main plot points identically resembling Bergman's film. Now, I really don't have any criticism over Schrader doing this because obviously the 2nd half changes everything drastically and Schrader tells the story in his own unique way. A similar…

  • The Purge

    The Purge

    ★★½

    I have always wanted to watch the Purge films out of curiosity, not expecting much on merit given the critical reception it has had over the years. The one thing that always drew me to them, was its main premise of the Purge day and its impact on society. Unlike the majority of people who find the premise silly and illogical, I thought it had masses of potential behind it that the filmmakers essentially wasted. So in one part, I…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★½

    The Shape of Water is an atomic Cold War era Amelie with a Sci-Fi backdrop. All the quirks however, and no emotion. That's essentially my only complaint. The aesthetics of the film seem to expertly replicate Jean-Pierre Jeunet's style, and it was interesting to watch but at the same time, hard to commit to. Was it the style getting in the way of substance? Usually I don't have an issue with that but when it came to the story and…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

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

    Maybe not as bad as The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones but close.

    Why did Rian Johnson, director of such gritty and violent movies such as Brick and Looper, make his installment to this franchise so damn hokey like a teen comedy? Much of this film felt like pure fluff. It was a tonal disaster, albeit still enjoyable. I was hoping for something that I never seen before in a SW film with Johnson behind the helm. I…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

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

    I have to admit that with this film, I was a victim of hype. I let expectations become a barrier that led to disappointment. It is honestly a good film, but I could not see a shred of greatness that most other critics are lauding upon it, including such statements of the film surpassing its predecessor. So in essence, while I do think this is a good movie (and a step up from Arrival, another Villineuve Sci-Fi that I have…

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★★

    Count me as a fan of Oz Perkins. I am now fully convinced after watching this directorial debut. I had previously watched his latest and Netflix produced I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, and was thoroughly impressed by it, but now after seeing more of his style in this film, it honestly makes me appreciate the former even more.

    In all honesty, Perkins delivers to the horror genre what should normally be a requirement. In the…

  • The Nightmare

    The Nightmare

    ★★★

    I feel like instead of writing a review and rather add to the testimonial style of the film, I wanted to disclose my case with sleep paralysis, albeit it's far more normal and tame compared to the ones depicted in the film.

    Okay, I guess a little film criticism out of the way first for clarification. I do think the interviews conducted with the film were of the most extreme cases of sleep paralysis and if true (true in that…

  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    ★★

    I was hoping I would be the contrasting viewpoint to the overall negative reception that this film is receiving, but alas I find myself walking amongst that crowd. I never before seen such a drop in quality and craftsmanship in a director's career before, at least not in recent memory. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night was simply brilliant with a visual aesthetic that reminded me of the monochrome madness of Eraserhead. Everything that was good about Ana Lily…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★

    I don't really understand why this became an instantly divisive film. I could understand if its negative reception was mostly focused in the mainstream sector of its audience whom are not used to seeing these type of psychological horror films, but it's not. Even members of the cinephile community are denouncing it as one of the year's worst films and I cannot fathom any criticism against it besides the subjective boredom or the age old complaint of a film being…

  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★

    Given the great stature and acclaim that this film has, in the cinephiliac world anyway, I feel I owe an explanation of my ambivalent views toward it. I've seen two other works by Sergei Eisenstein prior to this viewing (Battleship Potemkin and Strike), both of whom I greatly admired and appreciated, but ultimately felt similar as to this film; albeit in a lesser degree.

    Eisenstein has a style of cinema that is difficult to penetrate. I see it is dubbed…

  • Real Life

    Real Life

    ★★★½

    Describing Real Life is pretty much echoing everyone else's thoughts on how prescient the film was for 1979. I mean, this was basically some Nostradamus shit in predicting the birth of reality television shows. Albert Brooks deserves all of the credit in trying to warn us of this incoming apocalypse, but sadly no one listened, and luckily it seems as though the fad has died out.

    As far as the film is concerned, I really don't have any complaints, other…