Alex Bignell

Alex Bignell

Favorite films

  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Moon
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

  • Hawkeye

  • The Holiday

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I still don’t understand why this movie bombed.

    The casting was incredible—Alden has the Han mannerisms down, Donald Glover is perfect as Lando, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “L3” is absolutely wonderful.

    It has a solid, simple story, replete with themes about life and regret and purpose.

    It’s the perfect mashup of funny and exciting, with a bit of world-building—classic Star Wars.

    Maybe it wouldn’t stand up as well on its own without the pre-existing Star Wars universe, but seeing as we do have a pre-existing Star Wars universe, who cares.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    ★★½

    There isn’t a whole lot of story, but the dark and stormy tone is well-set, and the pacing is fast enough to keep your mind off the fact that you’re really just watching battle-porn (albeit sober and war-weary battle-porn).

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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    Attn: Directors of this movie: Maybe this sounds harsh, but nobody cares about Joe-Muggle and Marilyn-Monroe-with-magic.


    Harry Potter isn’t successful because of Rowling’s deep, interesting characters. It’s successful because she created a fascinating world for them to live in that we love learning more and more about. 

    Fantastic Beasts is popular because it shows us other times and places and history from that universe—stick to that.

  • Brave

    Brave

    ★★★½

    Brave has a fair share of the little moments of brilliance that we've come to expect from Pixar, and wanders through a spectacularly-imagined scenery that rivals WALL-E for beauty.

    But despite its headstrong and identifiable female lead, it still manages to feel like a typical Disney-Princess movie, rushing from start to climactic finish without ever really taking the time to explore the themes being presented.

    The clever Pixar wit is still there and makes the movie enjoyable, but the philosophical wisdom is missing, leaving us with only empty movie-calories.