• Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    I cannot overstate how good Austin Butler is in this movie. This movie gets 4 stars almost entirely for Austin Butler and the ending sequence. Infact, the entire first half of the movie tried it's hardest to get me to hate it— truly atrocious editing with nonsensical overlap, terrible pacing, and just terrible storytelling in general. It's right around Russwood Park and when Priscilla enters the story that the movie slows down and breathes and let's the audience breathe and…

  • The Da Vinci Code

    The Da Vinci Code

    ★★★

    God this movie is so dumb. But it's also fun. It's dumb fun that I enjoyed. 6 letter word for fleshy orb related to Isaac Newton– hell dude, even I got it and I'm a big dummy.

    My biggest issue with the movie is the flashbacks of which there were too many. Realistically they could have cut out at least 50% of the flashbacks. Other than that, it's a rather well shot movie. Ron Howard is a safe director and…

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★

    Disney and Pixar have reached a point where they can't make a bad movie. Formulaic, maybe; average on a bell curve, maybe- but not bad. Encanto continues that tradition but, for whatever reason, it didn't hit home for me. It's one of the best looking animated movies I've ever seen. The lighting especially was something to behold. The music was great too but there were 2 stand outs. I did like that there was no great outward adventure and it…

  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird

    The Good, The Bad, The Weird

    ★★★★

    It's a travesty that there aren't like 6 of these because I'd watch every single one even when they got bad simply because of how fun this is. All three leads have charisma by the boat load. Ma Dong-Seok is underutilized but that's another story. The movie is excellently shot and directed although I did find the action sequences to be quite mediocre compared to the rest of the movie– not bad by any standard but not living up to…

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★½

    Theoretically, this movie has it all– a great and simple story concept, a great soundtrack, Kurt Russell at his best as a very interesting character, exceptional lore, great world building and production design. It should be difficult for this movie to fail and yet... it kinda did for me. First of all, the pacing is atrocious. The movie is 90 minutes long yet the movie never seems to be in a hurry to get going even though the story itself…

  • Uncharted

    Uncharted

    ★★

    This movie is so painfully paint-by-numbers. It's not terrible but it's closer to that than it is to being good. In all honesty, is it really an Uncharted movie or is it a movie that's named Uncharted? Tom Holland is great but he's not Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg is Mark Wahlberg in every movie.

    The twist with Moncada was so unnecessary. It felt like the twist because the director knew the movie needed something like a twist. I don't even…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    First of all, volleyball is so much better than American football. With that out of the way, this movie does nostalgia so well. From the second the movie starts with Danger Zone till the very end, it's a movie that pays homage while still maintaining it's own identity.

    I do have an issue with Tom Cruise's love interest in the movie. I love Jennifer Connelly but Kelly McGillis deserves to be treated better than to just not be mentioned at…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★

    First of all, that beastmaster scene alone makes this an A+ movie. It's 3 hours long but excellently directed and doesn't really feel that long. The cinematography is excellent as is the CGI. The editing is hit or miss but it really didn't cause do anything egregious. It really is a great movie through and through.

    Speaking of direction– I really appreciate the details in the movie. Blood mist in punches, the wild animals attacking everything in sight and not…

  • 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.