• Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★½

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is fascinating in just how it fails. Really, it's quite impressive how this squanders a great cast and well-done fight choreography. The latter is the most obviously failed; you can tell the action is genuinely cool and well-conceived, but it's shot and edited in such a way to totally obstruct any chance of it actually engaging or thrilling it's audience. The cast is also excellent, even if Golding's American accent leaves a little to be…

  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★½

    I watched My Man Godfrey for my podcast. The Snub Club! Co-hosted by my good friends, Caleb and Sarah, The Snub Club aims to be a breakdown of every film that qualifies for a certain badge of (dis?)honor: the film that ended up with the most nominations with zero wins. Our ninth episode tackles My Man Godfrey. We are also currently available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Hope you all check it out!

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    Old is unnerving, a genuinely terrifying horror film that seeps in atmosphere and dread as far as it goes on. Shyamalan has always been on his own wavelength, and here, you've either got to join him in his increasing unreality or dismiss it as hammy or ham-fisted. The film never really changes what its positing itself to be (until maybe the last ten minutes), so you're gonna know rather early if it's for you. The claustrophobic cinematography, the slow realization…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★½

    A friend and I have launched an MCU recap podcast, titled Why Is...? With Ty and Dan, and I will be posting new episodes here on Letterboxd as they come out. This week, we tackle the tenth anniversary of Captain America: The First Avenger with Jay Salahi, director of Northwood Pie. We are currently available on BuzzSprout, Spotify, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, we are @WhyIsWithTyand1. Happy listening!

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Pig is a film that teeters on the edge of many things, and never missteps or fails its ideas, its emotional core and its sense of humor. Cage and Wolff are stellar here, but Sarnoski's direction and script are the real star, weaving a unique tale that still has clear roots in other works. Yet, it synthesizes these other things into something entirely distinct and oddly devastating. If it sounds like I'm being vague, I am; like many other critics,…

  • Loki

    Loki

    ★★★½

    A friend and I have launched an MCU recap podcast, titled Why Is...? With Ty and Dan, and I will be posting new episodes here on Letterboxd as they come out. This week, we tackle Loki Episode 6, "For All Time. Always." We are currently available on BuzzSprout and Spotify, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, we are @WhyIsWithTyand1. Happy listening!

  • Reign of Fire

    Reign of Fire

    ★★½

    An undeniably cool premise leads to some creative setpieces. However, despite having McConaughey and Bale, the biggest flaw of this film is the lack of personality for its characters. These are paper thin archetypes with little to appeal in terms of the storytelling, and it's hard to really get into the tale being told when it feels as though no humanity is shining through on these characters. Nevertheless, Reign of Fire does include a few cool sequences and some phenomenal visual effects, but one can only imagine what having some actual memorable characters would've done for this film's legacy. Shame.

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★★

    A very fun pulpy thriller take on a phenomenon that comes close to capturing the actual enjoyable nature of escape rooms. The cast is excellent, with a star-making performance by Taylor Russell. There's nothing super remarkable about it, but it's hard to hate a movie that captures the joy of the titular experience while escalating it to have stakes worthy of a movie. Escape Room is very silly but that's okay, it's the type of low-budget crowd-pleaser we need more of. A good time!

  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Vile, insipid and just incredibly dull, this is horrifically bad. Feels impossible to engage with, being the just right mix of generic action with "jokes" that feel written by a ten-year-old who just discovered foul language and the Internet. It's mean-spirited and never remotely clever, while featuring a plot that exists only to stitch together unfunny sequences of Reynolds, Jackson and Hayek playing the most bland versions of their celebrity personas imaginable. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is easily the worst film…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    A friend and I have launched an MCU recap podcast, titled Why Is...? With Ty and Dan, and I will be posting new episodes here on Letterboxd as they come out. This week, we tackle Black Widow. We are currently available on BuzzSprout, Spotify, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, we are @WhyIsWithTyand1. Happy listening!

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    Cruella is certainly more intriguing than most of the recent Disney re-imaginings, simply because it does commit entirely to reimagining. Nothing here really fits with the original film, and honestly, it's appealing as what this is instead is a somewhat weird take on the title on the title character. The emphasis on somewhat though, as this ultimately falls into a very generic story featuring plot points and character beats we've seen multiple times before and done better in those other…

  • Bao

    Bao

    ★★★½

    Time away from it significantly helps this. The fact that it managed to significantly emotionally resonate with me despite being at work exemplifies its craft. Can't wait to see what Shi has cooking up with Turning Red.