• The Faculty

    The Faculty

    ★★★½

    Back then, when everyone was always talking about Scream, this one felt like a slightly cheap variation of the same formula, adapted to sci-fi paranoia horror. Now, it's almost original again. The references to The Thing are just great fun, it's fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek but never silly, has a stellar cast and is almost subtle in ignoring its own satiric tone. Have not watched this since 1998, and I'm glad I revisited.

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★½

    Unfortunately, it is very, very, very predictable. But that's really the only thing I can fault this one for. Mary Elisabeth Winstead is just a joy to watch in this. And the carnage, at times, is just glorious.

  • Mechanic: Resurrection

    Mechanic: Resurrection

    I love that the swimming pool kill is so bonkers, even the villain is struggling not to grin when hearing about it.

    Other than that: watch and forget, carried by Statham alone.

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    Trying very, very hard to kickstart a new Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-like franchise. It trades Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp for Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall and The Rock (really not a bad trade), semi-naturalistic impressive SFX for superglossy-HDR SFX (a trade that emphasizes the theme park ride roots) and an iconic score for a very non-memorable one with a weirdly misplaced cover of "Nothing Else Matters" (a really bad trade).

    The result is charming and fun, but really absurdly harmless. Blunt and The Rock are great, though, and may make this worth the two hours spent.

  • This Is the End

    This Is the End

    It's absolutely delightful how much this cast seems to enjoy being unbearable assholes. Funnily enough, though, the whole thing wasn't very funny.

  • Lethal Weapon 2

    Lethal Weapon 2

    ★★★½

    While pacing is all over the place (it's barely a consistent arc but more a collection of set pieces and individual rides), it's still a beautiful and beautifully aged (albeit slightly naive in the face of current sentiment) movie. And it just oozes charisma, not the least thanks to the addition of Joe Pesci's delightfully annoying Leo. Ok? Ok!

  • Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    You know these movies you watched ages ago and know that they weren't neither good nor appreciated then but if you rewatch them now you will find some redeeming qualities like some nostalgic naive charme or can see them as a maybe misguided but at least somewhat interesting artifact of their times?

    Turns out this is not one of these movies. Almost unwatchable. Luckily it's short and luckily the cast is stellar (even though it is a miracle that they all had careers left after this).

  • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

    ★★★½

    Read that particular comic ages ago, don't even remember the conclusion, just that I enjoyed it. And this animated feature reminded me why: It's just a great story. Not the typical superhero fanfare, but basically a classic Noir Crime story, using but not exploiting Gotham VIPs as character inventory. Also, visually, a lot more refined than most other DC animated features (I mainly watch those when I don't want to commit to a movie, so not suuuuuuper enthusiastic). Looking forward to part 2 and to rereading the graphic novel. I already pulled it from the shelf yesterday.

  • Jolt

    Jolt

    Kate Beckinsale playing Jason Statham in a sort of reverse Crank. What is genuinely funny is how she emphasizes her british accent, which is hilariously out of place in this story (enough so, that even her character jokes about this in the movie).

    Other than that, it's fairly mind- and senseless brawling, unfortunately with some distractingly obvious stunt woman work: There is one extended brawl where you see Lindy fight a small horde of bad guys in a row, and…

  • Tango & Cash

    Tango & Cash

    The action is bizarre and fun and punchy and well put together (and showcases some occasional great stunt work), most everything else is only bizarre. Comedy, very often on the verge of unintentional parody. A lot of it seems to be losely glued together from disjointed comedy skits and makes no sense in a narrative. Luckily, Russell and Stallone together have enough charisma to carry even worse screenplays than this. And Jack Palance is hamming it like no tomorrow.

  • Psycho Goreman

    Psycho Goreman

    Somewhat charming, but most of the time it feels like the people involved focused way too much on themselves having fun than paying any kind of attention to their audience. Still, they fought valiantly and I shall grant them a warrior's death.

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★½

    Never what you'd expect. It starts out as the most horrifyingly funny bleakness you can imagine, and descends (or ascends, really hard to tell) into senseless cheese.

    Is it messy, surreal, weird for weirdness' sake? Absolutely. And absolutely delightful. To call this a "romantic comedy" would, while technically somewhat accurate, completey undersell how this movie defies this particular genre, even though it's not a parody either. Hilarious when Hanks and Ryan turn out to be the most overequipped shipwreck victims…