• When You Finish Saving the World

    When You Finish Saving the World

    Sundance Film Festival 2022: Film #1

    Although When You Finish Saving the World has some strong moments where it shows a family (mother-son relationship specifically) failing to connect as well as a great score from Emile Mosseri and two suitable performances (Wolfhard and Moore), it doesn't have much vision, heart, nor thematic heft to impact the viewer. Eisenberg has a future as a director, unfortunately not much as a screenwriter. This was disappointing.

  • Cyrano

    Cyrano

    Haley Bennett... ❤

  • The 355

    The 355

    Although it is not as headache-inducing or banally manufactured as Netflix’s Red Notice, Kinberg’s The 355 is jejune drab. It shows us once again that having lots of A-listers in your cast doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have anything of substance to showcase for it. It checks all the boxes to be a great misfortune, from poor action sequences with a head-scratching plot to narrow character development and worryingly obvious plot twists.

    Click here to read my quick review at Music City Drive-In.

    2022 RANKED

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Joel Coen’s first directorial effort without his brother Ethan, The Tragedy of Macbeth, is unlike anything in their filmography. It contains the theatricality of the Shakespearean play while still being thoroughly cinematic and beautiful, making it an outstanding solo debut. No human soul can endure a significant amount of malevolence, and Coen makes sure that the overgrowing damnation is felt during the film’s runtime. Like The Green Knight, its design doesn’t abandon the notion of the source material and focuses…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix: Resurrections is a lot of things simultaneously: an on-the-nose meta escapade for the fans, a love story, a social commentary of today’s technological world. Above all, it is one of the best blockbusters of the year. It is the Matrix sequel we have been waiting for. The audience aches to see the cyber-punk lovers, Neo and Trinity, back together again. Still, as we approach the big reunion, the film provides us with some good, stylish action fun with…

  • The Novice

    The Novice

    Even though the Tribeca Film Festival hit, The Novice, has some problems regarding its narrative and pacing, Lauren Hadaway’s stylish directing and Isabelle Furhman’s great performance elevate it to create a cutthroat and tension-filled film about “ax to grind” compulsion. It feels like a continuous 96-minute rowing race that accelerates within each minute, going faster and faster each time around. That approach may not work for the majority of films, but it does here due to the themes of longing and mania as well as its subject matter.

    Click here to read my full review at Minorities Report.

    2021 RANKED

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    Guillermo Del Toro’s rendition of Nightmare Alley is good-looking, packs a star-studdes cast (with Blanchett, Colette, and Mara stealing the scene), and a lovely score bt Nathan Johnson, but its first two acts are a bit of a drag. Thank heavens that the third one is worth the long, long wait. This time, there are no monsters from Del Toro; there is something even worse: the sheer cruelty that is humanity. Much more malevolence is yet to be discovered from ourselves than actual bloodied behemoths.

    Click here to read my full review at The Underscene.

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Anda pal carajo! (in english: Holy Shit!)

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Don’t Look Up is a disastrous failure of a satire. Several of its comedic pieces work well separately; however, its central satirical/end of the world trump card doesn’t find its footing. This is Adam McKay at his most unassuming and creatively disrupted. It wants to force itself on being this generation’s Network so much, without being that smart, to begin with, that it affects its satirical intentions to a great extent. There are ways this combination could work, albeit you need to be a master artisan to do as such, which McKay is not.

    Click here to read my full review at The Underscene.

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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    As John Waters said: "Full frontal nudity is back at the cinemas!" Red Rocket is a hilarious yet purposefully ill-mannered character study of a former pornstar that has both Sean Baker and Simon Rex delivering their best work to date. “It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie baby, bye bye bye!” The film centers around a washed-up porn star, Mikey Saber, who’s at sixes and sevens in regards to his future so he decides to go back to…

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    With B-horror movie inflictions and incorporation of its videogame roots, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City delivers some enjoyment for those who have played the games, although not so much for the rest of the crowd. Its direction and writing are wonky in certain moments, but hey, it could have been way worse, and it is still better than the previous installments. It is a B-movie hidden in a high-profile horror franchise remake, and it is the best RE live-action…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    I couldn’t name many artists in today’s time who can do such things– pull so many ideas from a hat and make them work as a great piece of music in only 22 days. From the creation of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” to “Dig a Pony”, The Beatles: Get Back takes us inside Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios as if we were trespassers. We are listening to their private conversations, seeing geniuses at work, and even joining them on-stage for their last live performance at the rooftop of their own Apple Studios.

    Click here to read my full review at Minorities Report.

    2021 RANKED