• Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★½

    McKenna Grace rules and I was actually digging the Amblin-esque adventure vibes present in the first half of this. But halfway through (around the time of the vomit-inducing “who ya gonna call” line) it takes a sharp nose dive into the worst kind of Hollywood reboot-quel territory. It becomes filled with every cliche of this era of filmmaking: unnecessary nods that are shoehorned in, gross looking CGI filling every ugly frame, and bringing back a dead star of the franchise…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    Was not expecting QAnon Riddler and his gang of 4Chan cronies but damn it, it worked.

    More dark, grimy, sweaty, emo Batman in a beautifully shot eternal night Gotham please.

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★

    So much better of a story on growing up in a collectivist culture that I retroactively lowered my score of Encanto

    Also hot damn the new Pixar movie that had fedoras everywhere on Twitter fuming because “muh calarts style is bad” can eat shit because that climax was some of the prettiest animation work I’ve seen in a very long time. 

    Just a solid, mature kids flick on cultural blending and confronting a conflict of self vs family. I’m wildly impressed. Pixar really still hasn’t missed.

  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★★

    Brave of Mike Flanagan to think that anyone could have a strong enough suspension of disbelief in order to run with the idea that “Catholics” are real

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    “If I hadn’t been very rich, I might’ve been a really great man.”

    Slowly crossing off my more embarrassing blind spots 😬 Saw this one at an 80th anniversary screening in theaters and maybe it was just the big screen magic but this one really lived up to the hype for me. Even 80 years later, it’s still politically and socially relevant. Without a doubt some of the best character writing in all of film. Those first twenty minutes are some of the most engrossing filmmaking I’ve seen.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    Brave choice to make this a girl boss, women’s rights adaptation of Cinderella but, like, the modern democrat party lip service version. Cinderella’s ultimate goal of equality involves… choosing to marry a man who initially tells her to forget her dreams because he’s horny for her, even though he easily could’ve made her dreams possible as king? Choosing said man over the best move for her career and gaining a position on her own merit in a foreign land? Also…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★½

    Consistently surprised at Disney-Marvel’s ability to top themselves on how boring and meatless they can make these things.

    I played the old “Describe the character without mentioning where they came from, what their occupation is, etc.” with the character of Shang Chi while I was watching the movie and I got nothing. New levels of anti character writing, and so much talent and cultural richness gone to waste. I kept foolishly waiting for a strong, emotionally driven martial arts scene…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    ….

    yes i’ve never seen the matrix

    I’m ashamed to admit that, it’s probably been my biggest blind spot for so long but I think I just never had solid reason to finally watch it. Jesus am I mad at myself now.

    I’m going to remedy my Matrix virgin situation by doing one movie from the trilogy each month leading up to the new release. I might sprinkle in a few more Wachowski sister movies in there too.

    And

    …..…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★

    Coming from a Resident Evil fan, this is more akin to an RE movie than The Conjuring or Insidious. And yet, the conventions of the former hold it back from being the schlocky, over the top roller coaster ride that the latter movies were. 

    You could see it plain and clear in Aquaman. James Wan really, really love 70s/80s B-movies, and he desperately wants to make big budget love letters to them in this stage. While I feel he succeeded…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    I might’ve loved this, might’ve hated it? Definitely leaning towards loving it right now but that might be just because of how challenging it was with its material. A little perplexed at how the general reception was “yeah it’s really bonkers” when I mostly thought it was fairly normal in execution as far as musicals go. However, there’s a lot to chew on here with its grappling with a battle between comedy/tragedy and nihilism/optimism. All the grey areas in between…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★½

    Maybe I would’ve liked this more in a theater? I don’t know, it just felt like more of King of the Monsters to me and the rule of diminishing returns wins out here. I was impressed by how little happened here through about half of this. I felt like the over the top, corny monster movie insanity on a big budget was just starting to actually ramp up. And then I realized the movie was in its last act already.…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★

    Man, I sure do love movies specifically about fashion that suck every bit of color and aesthetic out of every square inch of film they have. Just can’t get enough of that dull, greyed out Marvel look that I need it here as well so that I can be reminded that this is an “adult” film that is dark and serious and dark.

    I think that somewhere, at the heart of this, there’s an interesting idea for a fashion based…