Ryan Bloom

I get the feeling not very many people like what I have to say about movies. Joke's on you: that only makes me stronger.

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  • Johnny Mnemonic

    ★★★★

  • Barbarian

    ★★★

  • Jakob's Wife

    ★★★½

  • V/H/S/99

    ★★★

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  • Johnny Mnemonic

    Johnny Mnemonic

    ★★★★

    I think we're far enough away from when this movie released that all of its weird old CGI and dated slang have stopped being embarrassing and have looped back around to being charming. It's part of this movie's cyberpunk fantasy.

    Which, all told, isn't even that cyberpunk. Not like you'd probably expect, anyway. A lot of the sets and effects feel like Blade Runner on a budget, which means a lot of normal looking cars, normal looking cities, and a…

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★

    As I get some distance from this movie, I find it fading from my memory at an alarming rate. At the time I watched it, it seemed great! It's got an extremely snappy pace, a twisted little mystery, and has a sense of humor about itself. A fun watch.

    But I can't help feel like there's something missing, and I can't put my finger on what. I think the movie spends so long setting one thing up and then subverting…

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  • Cry Baby Lane

    Cry Baby Lane

    ★★½

    This is a hard movie to review, because the tone is really all over the place.

    As the story goes, Cry Baby Lane was so scary that Nickelodeon only ever aired it once, after which it was locked away in a vault forever -- becoming something of an urban legend. Until, almost 11 years later, someone on Reddit discovered a copy of the movie, and with renewed buzz, Nickelodeon dusted it back off and began airing it again.

    The truth…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    This is a movie where it helps to see it more than once, I think. There are elements to this that feel like background noise the first time you see them, and it's not until you're circling around for your second viewing that you realize they're part of this movie's bigger picture.

    I saw this movie the first time on September 1st, and ended up watching it again with friends on October 1st. And there are so many little elements…