Chad Hopkins

Film reviewer and podcaster. 
Prior to 2021, I didn’t assign star ratings to films; if it only has a heart from me, I recommend it.

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  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • The Phantom of the Open

    ★★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • Elvis

    ★★★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    I still only think it’s okay.

    *mild spoilers below but I’m not going to mark the spoiler button*

    The big “Mr. Miyagi” moment at the end is really satisfying, but the part of the story with the psychic sister is really strange. 

    I think the filmmakers are trying to make some sort of connection between Finney/Gwen’s drunk and abusivo father and the Grabber, but the parallel doesn’t really work for me. 

    I know this is based on a short story,…

  • The Phantom of the Open

    The Phantom of the Open

    ★★★★½

    Wowowow, I loved this so much!

    Mark Rylance is outstanding as Maurice Flitcroft, playing the character so earnestly that you can’t help but have loads of affection for him. His story is touching: a man who set aside his own dreams and aspirations for the benefit of his family, yet always encouraging his sons to dream as big as they can for their own lives. His later-in-life discovery of his love for golf and misguided entry into the British Open…

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  • Watcher

    Watcher

    ★★★

    Nothing exceptional but plenty of creepy vibes to go around. I did appreciate the sort of unconventional - but ultimately expected - ending.


    Maika Monroe in the lead is easily the best part of the movie; it wouldn’t work without her performance.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★★

    What a beautiful, enraging, wonderful, devastating film!

    The camera work is great. The writing is sharp. I laughed, I wept, I shook with anger. This movie has a lot to say and it says it so well. I didn’t expect the ending...but it was perfect in a heartbreaking way. Carey Mulligan is outstanding. 

    I can’t wait to see it again!

    (First time in a theater since March 2020)