• Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★½

    When are we going to start talking about how awful Mike Flanagan is at ending a movie or series?

    It's always the final 20 minutes of a movie or the final episode or two of a limited series that end up being overly-explained garbage. Not even in a Nolan over-explained way - more of a "I'm going to tell you all of the emotions that the characters are feeling and tell you how you should be feeling too," way. It's…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★

    More predictable than I would have liked but the final 20 minutes are worth your time

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I see a lot of Christopher Nolan haters on here praising this film for doing the exact things that they dislike about his films. Not judging. Just know I know 😌

    First hour: 4.5 ⭐
    Final 20 minutes: 1 ⭐

    PS: I don't dislike the fusion of overly digital-looking special effects as it makes a point servicing the rest of the film BUT what I do have a problem with is how the story starts off as a personal one then devolves in a worldwide epidemic that low-key turns into an action film by the end.

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★★

    I've sat in place for an hour just completely gobsmacked by the final 20 minutes of the film. The way the movie builds up scene after scene to slowly entrance the audience is masterful and I loved the dynamic between the two leads. Impossibly good.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★

    Not Hitchcock's strongest work. I was able to figure out the twist because of the plethora of hints that were thrown in my face. I really like the occasional hypnotic sequences in this film and their dreamlike quality helps boost this rating to its current stature.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★

    I went into this thinking it would be some shonen anime or a copy of The Matrix (or rather, The Matrix being a copy of this) and was completely wrong. This is more spirited in the ways of Blade Runner where cyborgs wonder if they have what it takes to be "real." The music and the visuals are an impressive feat that really brings you into the world through dense atmosphere. Super surprised by this one as it will require rewatches to understand the plot better but thematically, I think I understood everything going on under the hood and it was truly a riveting cinematic experience.

  • Blazing Saddles

    Blazing Saddles

    I watched the first 15 minutes and I'm not sure what people see in this movie BUT WHAT THE FUCK. I had to turn it off after the rape joke, multiple uses of the N word, and extreme boomer humor that is completely overly-forced.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    Needlessly complex with the main gimmick being, "you wanna see an action scene filmed backwards?" extended into 2.5 hours. The acting is great and the editing smooth but there's absolutely no heart in this film. It's basically Inception without the wonder and mind-blowing action sequences.

  • Summer of 84

    Summer of 84

    ★★½

    The ending was the only unique part about this film and it's a shame that it didn't last longer. Really dug the character chemistry between the cast and the film looked polished.


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    Things I didn't like: I didn't like how the bad guy was so obviously obvious yet no one else but a teenage boy knew that they were potentially the killer. Didn't enjoy the fact that the babysitter of the kid was attracted to some loser kid she…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    I was completely on-board for the first 2/3rds of this movie but that final act was so silly and didn't make sense from a narrative perspective. Why do we need to see Virginia Madsen's character go through a similar metamorphosis to what Tony Todd's character went through when their circumstances were vastly different? It doesn't feel right and nearly ruins the movie.

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★

    Two stars for Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Mary Elizabeth Winstead ONLY

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    We all knew what kind of movie we were getting when we went into this but the battle between Sub-Zero and Scorpion was pretty badass and sort of worth the wait.