• The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★

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

    This genuinely scared me in a very deeply existential "holy shit" way. A seriously creepy film but never cliche, much more clever and authentic dealing with death & grief. And with all the architecture aspects worked into it, which don't really mean much at the end. Rebecca Hall is extraordinary but we already know this. A powerfully unsettling film.

    That moment at "I'm not Owen" I could feel my heart sink right into my stomach. If I wasn't watching this at…

  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★★★★

    I really liked this but didn't love it. Atmosphere and style and monster all top notch. Wendigo ain't messing around, he's one mean motherfucker. But it didn't amount to much IMO. Good characters but no arcs, feels like it stops way too short. Nothing is really resolved. Overall still a very thrilling creature feature. The more I think about it, the I appreciate the mythology behind it, I just expected more out of the story by the end.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    Ghost in the Machine

    ★★★★½

    Another great "how did I not see this before now?!" film discovery. Very creative serial killer meets computer hacker film, lots of 90s style, some great kills. Tries to tell a real story with Karen Allen in the midst of a horror plot. I loved the way director Rachel Talalay would tease the kills, especially the one with the car guy and his final blow out. Hilarious. This whole thing is a techno-horror delight. All the hacking is dumb but…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★

    I was into this for the first 30 minutes - the dynamic between Eddie and Venom is great. They finally got into the groove of their relationship, and it just jumps into it right away. I want to see an entire sitcom with these two in San Francisco! But then... it becomes so bland and derivative and it's just not that fun. I don't know, I was really hoping it would be more amusing but nah. It's better than the…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit. What. This is incredible. Why did no one else tell me about this?! "What a picture," as they say. I should never doubt Mike Flanagan, this guy knows how to tell stories. Damn. And to top it off, Ewan McGregor is always exceptional with everything he does. I'm in awe.

    At first I was impressed by the whole idea of this being a direct sequel to The Shining, how to do that correctly. And it's as close as…

  • Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest

    Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest

    ★★★★

    Geeks rule!! What a cool film. It's fascinating that the filmmaker admits he didn't know anything about arcades or classic video games before making this. Which gives it a refreshing outsider-looking-in perspective, and he goes over so many details as if discovering them for the first time, including discussing gaming legends like Shigeru Miyamoto and Billy Mitchel. Now I really want to go geek out with these guys in Copenhagen sometime.

    This doc also reminds me of the polar opposite…

  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

    Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

    ★★★

    The Escape Room games are fun and thrilling. But that wrap around story is trash. I don't even care who is running these games?! And that reveal with Isabelle Fuhrman is ughhhhhhhh so bad.

  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    ★★★★½

    Even though this was like watching an 8 hour movie, I loved it anyway. After watching the finale, I felt so heavy with emotions and moved by 456 and his story. A one-for-the-ages performance by Jung-jae Lee. I also loved the old man, number 001, there's just something endearing about him.

    What makes this series especially brilliant is the way it shows us a lot of how society is and acts. Yes it might be obvious where it's leading and…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★★

    Rewatch on the big screen at Babylon Berlin. Still the best soundtrack ever. I am always thinking what it would've been like to see this at Sundance when it first premiered. Would I have thought it was brilliant at that moment? How would the audience react? Would we have talked about it all the time the rest of the festival? What was the buzz like? Now I can only view it from a distance but it seems like everyone would've been losing their minds over how perfect this film is. Especially as a feature debut for Richard Kelly, he got everything right with this one.

  • Old Henry

    Old Henry

    ★★★★

    Had a great time with this. Yeah it's definitely John Wick-as-a-western with Tim Blake Nelson, but he kicks ass. And the film is perfectly shot and paced. Impressed by the way it looks and the dialogue, so natural yet cinematic with the lightest of touches. Glad I watched it.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★½

    I give this 4.25 stars but I'm rounding up on here because why not.

    Quite satisfied with No Time To Die - a heavy "end of an era" movie in many ways. Finally a compelling, complex Bond movie again that plays with intriguing ideas (mainly with the characters and what's going on with MI6). But still a classic Bond - big sets, big stakes, big action, Russians, scientists, cars galore, guns galore, beautiful locations. My biggest complaint is that I…

  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    ★★★★

    A brisk Bond movie. Still not as good as the others before or after it. I think what bothers me the most is with Mathieu Amalric as the villain. His performance is just strange and doesn't work as a villain, even though I know he's trying to play that slimy kind of guy - it's not the right fit here. But I do like how suave Bond is in this, there's a simmering, brooding sense to him that I really think works with Craig is playing it this way.