• The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    This movie has a bit of everything for everyone. It starts off as a character driven drama for adults and then there's a kidnapping plot that leads to conflict which leads to... Oh.

    Seriously though, it's an incredible, tongue-in-cheek movie. There are some bits of editing and pacing in the first act that I didn't particularly enjoy but overall it's well made.

    Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal are both spectacular in their roles.

    Easy recommendation. Fun, funny, and cool.

  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises

    ★★★★

    I saw much more of Viggo Mortensen than I expected to. Ever.

    And what a brilliant movie. If there's one word I could use to describe it, it'd be 'unflinching'. The movie does get predicable and surprisingly melodramatic at times in a way that doesn't suit the rest of the movie's style. Another issue I had was with language. I'm okay with subtitles but I really hate non-native English speakers being portrayed speaking in English in situations they definitely wouldn't.…

  • X

    X

    ★★★½

    I guess the biggest problem I have with the movie is that I expected too much. It's a good movie as far as standard slasher flicks go. It's well shot, the effects are done really well. The music is really great as well.

    The kills are surprisingly mediocre even if the gore is done well. Mia Goth is exceptional and I'm loving Jenny Ortega as the new Scream Queen. It's worth a watch but it doesn't cover any new ground.

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★½

    Funny, unique, and surprisingly heartfelt at times, What We Do In The Shadows has turned into a cult classic and for good reason. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it's so tongue-in-cheek and clever that I can't help but love it.

  • Moonfall

    Moonfall

    ★½

    In a movie where the moon is a superstructure, the most unbelievable thing about this movie is that any of these people could ever be hired for any job, let alone as astronauts.

    Seriously though, this movie is so atrociously dumb even for Emmerich movies. Everyone has that one Emmerich movie where he loses them the same way everyone has a Fast and Furious movie that loses them. I was okay until 2012 but this one is just too much…

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★★★

    Channing Tatum is so good at this kind of roles. His comedic timing is top notch, he plays dumb really well, he does sappy romance without making it laughable. Plus he has the body of a god which helps.

    All of the above would have been pointless without a good script and thank god this movie has one. Constant laughs and much of the funny dialogue is just throwaway. It does do a lot of the 'quick back and forth…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    As a millennial, I feel seen. I also feel attacked. Shout out to the make up department of this movie. It's been a while since I've seen aging and even stress depicted as naturally as it has been here. And it's one aspect out of many that can be described as just that- natural. For better or worse, there are multiple conversations in the movie I've had with real people. It's this realism that leaves you open to the deeper…

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★½

    The Harder They Fall seems like a sequel to a movie that was never made. There is just so much missing in the storyline that most of the movie just doesn't affect you the way it could. The romances, the friendships, and even the enemity just falls flat as a result of a poor script. Which really sucks because in so many ways, this movie could have been great. The production design is especially stunning– everything just looks super cool.…

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    As far as Oscar baity biographies go, this is one of them. It doesn't do anything special other than tell the tale of two special women by making their father the hero of their story(?). I work in education and someone who treats their children like Richard Williams treated his would set alarm bells ringing in my head. I have no doubt he worked hard and sacrificed a lot for his family but the movie takes certain aspects of his…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    I genuinely cannot remember the last time I cried so often during a movie and it's almost entirely a case of excellent direction. On the surface, CODA is the best hallmark movie you'll ever see. There's nothing special about the story and the script itself but it's handled so masterfully that the movie itself is better than the sum of its parts. The editing is great as is the sound design (Not Sound of Metal great but great nonetheless). The…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★★

    People usually write memoirs but you do you Branagh. What Belfast is, is a time capsule and a very personal story by the director. And I love it for what it is. If you go in expecting a history lesson or a stoic look at troubled times or even a Jojo Rabbit for the Troubles, you'll be pretty disappointed. But as a Polaroid of a moment in time for a family, it's a really special little movie. I just don't…

  • The Kashmir Files

    The Kashmir Files

    ★★½

    Okay, let's get this out of the way– is the movie unabashed propoganda? Yes. Is the movie good? Also yes.

    It's important to distinguish what the propoganda is in the movie because a whole lot in the movie is honest, hard hitting history that hasn't been in the limelight. We can't throw the baby out with the bath water and it's important to bring the issues of the Kashmiri Pandits into the limelight because what happened to them was genocide…