• The Spectacular Now

    The Spectacular Now

    ★★★½

    A pretty generic story, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. It doesn't have much to say, basically having only one message, so it becomes a little one-note as the story progresses.

    Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley shine as the leads, though. The direction and pacing is fitting as it feels like a seamless string of sweet, slice-of-life nows that make the movie a very comforting watch.

    70/100

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★½

    "YOU FLICKED TOO HARD, DAMMIT!"

    In this movie, everything feels somewhat weightless. There are attempts at true emotional sincerity, but its need to rush from scene to scene so quickly makes sure that those scenes don't really work. There are also attempts that turn out to be hit-or-miss, which I was surprised by, coming from Waititi.

    That doesn't mean I dislike the movie. But it does mean that I was pretty disappointed because I hoped this movie to be as…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    “You are not unlovable. There is always something to love.”

    When I watched Doctor Strange 2 the other day, I was disappointed with how they handled the multiverse. I felt like it botched the opportunity they had to go absolutely insane with the multiverse at their disposal. After watching this movie, I can say that THIS is exactly what I was looking for.

    Not only does this film live up to its name in every conceivable way, but also it…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★

    Blue is an complex, subtle examination of loss and the grief and emptiness that accompanies it. Through simple motifs (including lots of the titular color) and a natural, unstructured plot, Kieślowski crafts a captivatingly sorrowful story. You would think that a movie like this might struggle to hold your attention, but I was always invested in Julie's journey through sadness, so much so that I wish I had gotten a bit more story wise to develop the themes further and to let Juliette Binoche's already excellent performance shine more.

    82/100

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★½

    "They say that vampires' hearts are cold and dead. Definitely dead. But I don't know. I think I still feel things inside it."

    This documentary makes great strides in destigmatizing the vampire community, as well as the broader undead community. I want to praise Waititi and Clement's efforts to humanize a broadly misunderstood group of creatures.

    But in all seriousness, over the course of less than 90 minutes, I've become unreasonably attached to the characters of this film. Every single…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "When I was your age, they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this—when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"

    This is my first Scorsese film, pretty good start.

    A simple premise executed near-perfectly, The Departed leaves you at the edge of your seat. Though I personally didn't care for most of the characters, it's undeniable that the plot, dialogue, and pacing are impeccable. The story evolves in such an organic yet subversive way that leaves you enthralled until the climactic third act, where it ends with a bang. Or, I guess, multiple bangs.

    88/100

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    "Don't think. Just do."

    Top Gun: Maverick follows the basic plot structure, style, and tone of the first movie, evoking a unique blend of 80s nostalgia and the modern world. But what this movie does that I find incredible is that it elevates almost every aspect of the first to such an inconceivably high standard. This is everything I love in an action movie and more. It has a simple plot, but it's not completely predictable. I can't remember when…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★

    “Talk to me, Goose.”

    The movie flies by faster than a MiG-28, and as a result it feels incredibly weightless. But who cares? Maverick and Goose were charming enough to make the movie very watchable.

    I’m watching Maverick in IMAX today, very excited.

  • Black Mirror: USS Callister

    Black Mirror: USS Callister

    ★★★★

    Another good episode with a fascinating premise, but in my opinion it didn't live up to its potential, probably due to a limited runtime. I would have liked to see a whole movie centered around USS Callister's premise, because even though it has one of the longest runtimes of any Black Mirror episode, some things in the story felt rushed or too easy. But despite its minor flaws, it's conceptually exceptional, fun, captivating, disturbing, and thought-provoking.

  • Bo Burnham: The Inside Outtakes

    Bo Burnham: The Inside Outtakes

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “We could and would and should have done better. And we am, and have, and shall continue to have done, and did, and do.”

    Only Bo Burnham could make a touching song about a chicken crossing the road joke.

    To see not only how much hard work went into each song from the original special, but also how amazing all of the artistry that DIDNT make it into the special is mind boggling. The songs still slap and the composition and color of everything this man shots is beautiful.

    So hyped for Socko: An Inside Story and Bezos: Quantum Prophecy

  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★

    Absolutely magical. Insane visual effects for its time.

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

    ★★★★

    This is my first Black Mirror episode and it’s impressed me with its subtle writing and fantastic production design. I liked that this one explains everything while also diverging the story in a completely new direction. Great overall, even though I feel like the ending undercut the emotional build up a little bit.