Cinemology has written 46 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Men

    Men

    ★★

    Alex Garland says he wants to stop directing and just go back to writing, which I think makes sense. There's some great visuals in this, but it just feels like he needs another collaborator to make a real punch. The murkiness behind what it's supposed to mean or what he's trying to communicate is just getting lost in the grand scheme. There are scenes that are shot in pretty locations but just articulated so flatly.

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★

    That's enough. Just have a spin off with Jeff Goldblum talking about Chaos, you've ruined dinosaurs in movies. Kayla Watts was a welcome addition and I'd love to see more of her, but not like this.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    I am really bummed there wasn't more Natalie Portman in this movie, her character has the most interesting story that Marvel has done lately but she's relegated to a B-plot as a reflection of whatever Chris Hemsworth is dealing with. A lot of the scenes look buzzy? Not sure how to explain it but just crowd scenes look off, and ornate backgrounds look pixelated. There are cute moments, funny moments, but so much of this movie has me wondering why…

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    ★★

    Watched this because I realized I hadn't seen it as an adult. The plot is one of the more ridiculous that a serious movie has ever pulled off- I mean, the President of the United States leads a fighter pilot squadron against a giant UFO. The guy who blows it up? Randy Quaid, who sacrifices himself in order to properly and finally orphan three kids who were depending on him. There's a plot line where a kid desperately needs medicine,…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★

    Thankful I saw this trapped in a theater or I think I would have gotten distracted. There hasn't been a more expensive, difficult to access as an audience film since... Cats? I'm sure there are better examples, but I guess all the movies set to become first in a franchise flamed out so hard they've become forgotten. There is a lot to like within this tall stack of whatever, and those who compare it to Thor 2 probably haven't seen…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★

    There were certainly parts I enjoyed, and the inventiveness and execution is well worth merit, but the movie just wasn't for me. I don't like the Deadpool-like humor that a lot of R rated stuff is leaning toward, like Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, that feel like it wants you to laugh at gruesome stuff. It's better than the previous Suicide Squad if for no other reason than Jared Leto was not involved in any way, plus the expanded role and impact…

  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    ★★

    This movie was okay before it really took a hard turn into bigotry in the last five minutes. Also, I'm now hyper-focusing on how bad noir's obsession with both the femme fatale and re-orienting of the femme fatale as a protagonist to try to seem more feminist. The movie pivots on her husband slapping her, and it was really forced, doesn't really suggest he's done that before and so while it gives her motivation to leave, doesn't actually sell that…

  • F9

    F9

    ★★

    Justin Lin has gotten exceptionally good at delivering an entertaining movie from a script that's comprised of grunts, catchphrases, cliches, overly complicated exposition dumps, and a swirling mythos that frankly nobody seems to have time for. The action is a right wing wet dream: muscle men (and woman) driving fast American cars, shooting big guns, and saving the whole world (you're welcome). I forgot Helen Mirren was part of the Fast Saga until she showed up in perhaps the best…

  • Maximum Overdrive

    Maximum Overdrive

    ★★

    Wow, talk about a movie made to fill one man's ego. I guess Dino was feeling good after Blue Velvet and decided to let Steve King swing for the fences? Incredible to blow the budget on that many big rigs all driving around a gas station and then just destroy everything in fireballs and bulldozers. Would love to be standing next to the script supervisor as they laid out exactly what order the ring of trucks is supposed to be…

  • Brainstorm

    Brainstorm

    ★★

    I am surprised this got made, there are a lot of left-field, weird sci-fi shenanigans happening and a lot of expensive looking sets/equipment. The script is far from feeling finished and I have to wonder if there's stuff left on the cutting room floor because much of it feels disjointed. There are many pieces of dialogue or action that feel like they could have benefitted from maybe a rewrite or a rehearsal where not everyone was loaded on cocaine. All in all an accurate depiction of North Carolina.

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

    ★★

    Great rendering, some solid animation, over emphasis on trying to make cinematic lighting, many enjoyable moments but what strings them together is far too loose. I wish the resources poured into this movie were available to the animators of the TV show during its initial 100 episodes. I'm sure Paramount sees Spongebob as their valuable cow but at some point the milk isn't good anymore, I hope they find something else to beat into the ground after an initial great run.

  • Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical

    Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical

    ★★

    Hey, you managed to get something creative done in a pandemic. Unfortunately, it never quite rose above “a tiktok musical”. Titus Burgess leads a great cast including the extremely committed and never aging Wayne Brady, and the really pretty for a rat Adam Lambert. There’s some decent music in there but it’s never quite funny or emotional enough.