• Our Father

    Our Father

    ★★★½

    Pretty fucking wild! That ending was pretty chilling as well. Wasn’t really a fan of some of the overly dramatic directing and recreations though.

  • Senior Year

    Senior Year

    ★★½

    This could have and should been better. Despite a great cast, it’s just not very funny. The story is so thin, although I appreciate them taking it seriously. Just wish I laughed harder…

  • Kiss of the Dragon

    Kiss of the Dragon

    ★★★

    This had WAY better action than I was expecting. Each sequence was shot and cut really well and Corey Yuen's fantastic, hard hitting choreography lets Jet Li truly shine. Unfortunately, as good as the action is, the story is kind of a drag. I wish we had just focused on Jet Li's character instead of having him be tied down with Bridget Fonda. I love Fonda and she's as good as she can be here. It's just that her character…

  • Dragon Wars

    Dragon Wars

    ★★★

    The story is barely there with its poorly written script and pretty much all of the characters are terribly boring, but… as a B-movie? This was really fun and a lot better than I remembered. Thankfully it’s running time is short and pretty much all of those 90’s minutes are packed with some sort of pulpy goodness. Whether it’s a Power Rangers-esque fight in Feudal Korea or a massive air battle in Downtown LA, the movie lives up to its…

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★★★

    I've put off this movie for a long time and for no real reason either. I adore Spielberg but I think it was just hard to find a time to be "in the mood" for an intense drama that was over two and a half hours. I shouldn't have put it off for so long. Of course Spielberg delivers a powerhouse of a film about life that is both simultaneously intense and light. Of course he does! There's not a…

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    Not only are the technical achievements genuinely incredible but the story itself is as well. I'll never be able to get over how well this movie blends the world of cartoons and the world of crime noir into one perfectly balanced film. The noir story is excellent and the cartoons are actually hilarious. Everyone is at the top of their game here and they all deliver one helluva movie.

  • Troll Hunter

    Troll Hunter

    ★★★½

    It can’t quite rise above its low budget origins, feeling slightly better than a film found on YouTube that’s held back by some thin characters and rough dialogue, but, it’s still a fantastic concept that is executed really well. The lore and mythology is so well thought out and it has the same fun energy as kids making up fairytales to fit their environment in the backyard. Also, the Trollhunting jeep that they role around in? Cool as shit. It builds up to a pretty great final encounter as well.

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    ★★★

    I've always wanted to see this movie but from the snippets that I did see, I felt like I wouldn't really vibe with it as much as everyone else. From what I saw, the comedy was just not for me. Having finally watched it now, my fears were realized. I kind of hated most of the comedy. It's trying SO hard to be this Looney Tunes slapstick but it just doesn't work at all. What's frustrating is that not only…

  • King Creole

    King Creole

    ★★★½

    God damn, Elvis was charismatic as fuck. He was great in this! And the film did an excellent job of naturally working musical numbers into the story. Not once did it feel like the movie halted just so we could hear Elvis sing. My biggest issue with the film was actually the Nellie character. This romantic subplot goes absolutely nowhere and just pulled focused away from the main story. If they had cut her whole subplot out this would have been a much tighter and smoother movie.

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★

    This was not really what I expected. The more I've thought about it, the more I liked it, although I'm still not wild about the ending. It just feels pretty far from where the story started and where I thought it was leading. I guess I just didn't expect it to be so cynical? May need to think on this one a bit more.

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★

    This one didn't really click with me and I'm not entirely sure why... There were some really strong characters but the story, along with its interesting themes, just never clicked although I see what they were going for. May need to rewatch this again at some point.

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★

    I don't know... Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood or headspace? It just feels like the main focus is on the atmosphere of living in Japan, which the gorgeous animation beautifully realizes. But then the main point of the story kicks in in the back half and I kind of wished they had been telling this story more earnestly from the start, because it is a great story with some excellent themes. I just wasn't really vibing with the lackadaisical approach I guess.