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matt has written 259 reviews for films during 2018.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★

    Charlie Brooker's lecture on determinism is -- surprise! -- initially novel but ultimately kind of a smug edgelord slog. Look I'm on record thinking "Black Mirror" just generally sucks, with very limited exceptions a collection of trite gotcha stories dressed up with tired tech phobia.* But whatever. Even if I'm wrong about that this choose your own adventure thing is a corny gimmick and a frustrating experience, endlessly forcing you to make choices you know will lead to trouble just…

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★

    A thoughtless cover version in which the Banks children learn the value of sound investment, inherited wealth, and privilege. There are three black people in this one though!

  • Angel Town

    Angel Town

    ★★★

    They thought it was their hood...but it was really Olivier Gruner's dojo.

  • Blast

    Blast

    ★★★

    Very tasty DIE HARD knockoff, terrorists take the American swim team hostage at the Atlanta Olympics. Quintessential late-period Pyun, all close-ups, one hallway standing in for a dozen, famous-actor-filmed-in-a-dark-room-sharing-almost-no-scenes-with-the-rest-of-the-cast-type stuff. Favorite low-budget tell: the terrorists are disguised as security staff so they all wear matching polos and khakis, and the hostages all have identical orange one-piece swimsuits. Gets pretty pleasingly violent and Divoff makes an excellent third-rate Gruber.

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★½

    Proof that THE HAPPENING is actually pretty neat.

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    ★★★½

    Capitalism is a failure of imagination.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★½

    aka KRILL.

    That's a pun on the movie KRULL, because just like that movie this is one of the most insanely dumb, totally fucking dorky things I've ever seen, frankly exhausting, and I basically loved it.

  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★★

    "I'm sorry, old friend...now you have to go hang out with Shia LaBeouf." -- Optimus Prime

  • Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers

    Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers

    ★★★½

    Foghorn Leghorn's favorite film, a cornpone Florida hick musical somehow without a black face in sight that turns into a backyard trash cinema MAD, MAD WORLD. Almost nothing like it has been seen before or since, and personally I think that's a tragedy.

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★½

    Yes even the stupid clothes.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    I prefer HOMECOMING both for its narrative momentum and because I think it's funnier, but it almost doesn't matter since the real attraction is the dazzling animation. There's a lot of formal risk involved here and the confidence is really impressive.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

    I thought this was a better version of Clint reckoning with himself than GRAN TORINO, although admittedly that was more legacy work and this is decidedly more personal. Huge bummer that Clyde didn't show up.