Gh0stman has written 249 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Jimmy's Hall

    Jimmy's Hall

    ★★★★★

    This is not a 'cool' movie. That doesn't matter as being 'cool' is not Ken Loach. He is able to cut through all the bullshit in our societies and point out how hypocritical and restrictive our institutions can be. Filmmaking is about emotions and ideas and Loach shows us plainly and simply pure filmmaking with no empty posturing or meaningless exhibitionism, as always.

    Also, I got to see this in the movie theater when it came out. I thought that…

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★

    Despite a great dystopian beginning and two winning performances by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Joe Versus the Volcano slowly peters out in a far-fetched plot which culminates in a ludicrous finale; all done in the most blase way possible. The romance of the film is well realized and is not the problem, the problem is what surrounds it. I understand the filmmakers wanted a fantasy but they also seem to disregard the set up in the beginning and they…

  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain

    The Taking of Tiger Mountain

    ★★★★★

    An incredible epic war film with some truly astonishing battles scenes. Tsui Hark is surely one of the all time greats when it comes filming action and this is a nigh-perfect showcase for his talents. I also appreciated the political themes, the finely tuned drama, and the compact but nuanced character building; all things that would likely be lacking in a Western peer film. I wish I saw this in its native 3D in a movie theater. Heroic cinema.

    Also, this has some of the strangest narrative bookends to a movie ever in my opinion. Fascinating.

  • The Skulls

    The Skulls

    ★★

    MTV Presents,

    Eyes Wide Shut: The Early Days

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    The ultimate Christmas movie.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★

    An effortlessly re-watchable superhero movie. It's imperfect, the cinematography is sitcom-like and the supporting characters are short-thrifted due to the runtime and the massive cast but this is Capital F-U-N fun. Here is a superhero movie that's completely proud to be a superhero movie, as if it were the only one in the world. Good times. Here's to Joss Whedon directing a big movie again someday.

  • The Rock

    The Rock

    ★★★★★

    Legendary action film with Nic Cage and Sean Connery in their prime. With this movie, Bay pretty much announced his preeminence as the best American action movie director of his generation and I think it's just crazy how y'all take him for granted. Do you guys even like movies?

  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★★★

    Amazing film. It's been a long time since I've seen it last and, not only does it hold up very well, it's an even greater film than I remember. It's the rare film that acknowledges that rebellion, revolution, and overthrowing a flawed, perhaps even authoritarian government will not necessarily bring about a positive change. The removal of an authority doesn't inherently mean what replaces it will better upon said authority. Oftentimes, as history will teach us, there will be many…

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night

    ★★★★★

    One of the best horror comedies out there, assembled with both good scares and good laughs. Very casually great and unconcerned with unnecessary homage or complication. The performances are solid, in particular Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall. Direction, top notch. I wish I watched this on Halloween. Guess I forgot.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★★

    "...the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows... compassion."

    It still amazes me how Marvel does it. So many of their movies could've been so bad but time and time again they manage to make their films work and then some. Out of all of their characters, Captain America was certainly amongst the trickiest. How do the filmmakers juggle his inherent…

  • Girls Trip

    Girls Trip

    ★★★★

    A nice, wholesome movie about friendship.

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★

    Despite the amazing, breathtaking sets by Ken Adam, the sumptuous cinematography, and the most quintessential villain in Donald Pleasance's Blofeld, You Only Live Twice is, generally, a belligerently racist movie that's ignorant and irresponsible as hell; which nearly all stems from Roald Dahl's bigoted script. Throughout, Bond is depicted as literally superior to every Japanese person and he even is given the opportunity to become more Japanese than the Japanese by disguising himself as a Japanese man. He literally goes…