On my film bro arc
Despite some occasional creepy imagery courtesy of the titular character, The Nun II doesn't have too much to offer beyond that.
Even when the main suspense sequences are set-up pretty well, they almost exclusively end in a cheap jumpscare that renders the previous build up irrelevant.
It's definitely watchable, but it's painfully clear the plot of these films are an afterthought, reverse-engineered from the title character's popularity, whose appeal and creepines is not enough to make for a compelling film.
The pivot to a more horror centric story for this series is a nice change of pace, but the handling of tension is unfortunately a bit inconsistent to make for an overall great experience. Has a few stellar scenes, but just as many that fall flat.
It offers a fresh twist on the same story, especially regarding Branagh's character, yet still feels like more of the same in the end.
The mysterious atomsphere and tone is actually pretty well done,…
The Northman is as tense, brutal, strange and outright insane, as a Robert Eggers directed Viking revenge film could get.
It takes a simple premise and with it goes in both extremely violent and extremely bizarre directions, connecting both with patient directing, smooth and creative camerawork, and a focused and effective story.
There's very visceral long takes when the action happens, but there's also a beautiful location treatment, using the environment to highten the feeling of suspense. It also has…
What's more impressive about Top Gun Maverick isn't Tom Cruise's mind blowing stunts, that feel like a natural evolution to what he's been doing with the Mission Impossible films, but that a 36 year old sequel that no one asked for manages to expand upon the first one, have non-distracting references to it and in many ways improve upon it, while still being it's own thing.
This is not to downplay the dogfighting scenes though, which are some of the…