• My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★

    Radical empathy for the poor and un-homed. They figured it out in 1936, so what the hell is wrong with us?

    Looks 20 years ahead of its time. Absolutely gorgeous, funny, moves at a clip. They knew something about how to make films in 1936 that we've absolutely forgotten.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    DNF! This is boring as shit! Christopher Nolan take a writing class you dumb fuck.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    It's hard to rate something like this, as it is an inherently compromised project. I think no one will disagree that the Whedon Cut is a total hack job: scenes spliced together with connective tissue that feel like they're from another movie, excessive comedy beats, a herky-jerky narrative. I saw it a long time ago and thought it was fine and then never went back to it (that it came out at all was a surprise to me, I honestly…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    Embarrassing.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★½

    [ULTIMATE CUT]

    Made the mistake of trying to double-feature MoS and BvS so I nodded off at the end for the battle with Doomsday (which...eh). Someday I'll actually sit down and watch the theatrical cut but it won't be today! Not when the goal of this mini-project is to work our way up to Snyder's ass-numbing 4-hour long Justice League Cut.

    This jumps up a little in my estimation each time. The pacing and plotting are ... all over the…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    First rewatch since its theatrical release. I used to wonder why people hated this so much and always thought of it as "just fine" (hence my previous 3-star rating), but this is much, much worse than fine.

    I think the primary problem is that the script it ludicrous. It can't decide what it wants to be: moody, existential chamber piece, action film, disaster movie, early-00s blockbuster, desonstruction of one of our most iconic myths. Then it has the audacity to…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Big WTF energy.

    Honestly, I think I like this a little better than the first one? Although strictly from a script / story perspective the first one is leaner and more sensible, it's often drab and grim in a way that I find deeply unpleasant. It's also incredibly cheap looking, which is no doubt no one's fault but the bean-counters at DC who were hedging against WW1 being any kind of even mild success. Thankfully, that means that there's a…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★

    This is actually a little worse than I remembered it. Cheap, lazy, boring. Sorry, but no.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    I "get it" now, and it's easily RJ's best.

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★½

    A killer Michael Ironside performance. totally eclipsed by whatever Stephen Lack isn't doing (namely, acting). Kind of a cool concept and idea with some great little gory, body-horror moments that feels just a little disorganized in its plot, making the middle drag a little. The end feels more like a hard-stop than an earned or natural conclusion. Still, 80s horror rules. Love all of the chunky hardware. Everyone's got great coats. Would love to see this at midnight in 35mm on a big ass screen.

  • Shivers

    Shivers

    Cheap, exploitative, gratuitous. Cronenberg doing his best George A. Romero and totally whiffing. I feel like there are a lot of interesting ideas in here that he just totally glosses over so that he can show more boobs. The last thirty minutes seem to go on forever.

  • Croupier

    Croupier

    The ultimate “I’ve been up all night drinking cleaning products and now it’s 2am let’s watch something” movie.