Julian has written 73 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Potato Dreams of America

    Potato Dreams of America

    ★★★½

    Better in theory than actual execution, but endearing nonetheless.

  • Not Okay

    Not Okay

    ★★★½

    This film had some really great performances (O'Brien, Isaac, Deutch), it's just a shame that they all felt like they were from different pictures. It walked a very uneven line between dark comedy and social justice flick. O'Brien's pitch perfect douchebaggery didn't really fit in the same breath as the sincerity of Isaac performing slam poetry. I was just confused, yet still entertained. It tried to say a heck of a lot more than it actually said. Kind of like this review. Sorry not sorry.
    Also, this may win this decade's prize for most the annoying use of token queer characters.

  • Anything's Possible

    Anything's Possible

    ★★★½

    Representation matters. So I suppose that can include cheesy high school romance movies.

  • Marry Me

    Marry Me

    ★★★½

    I liked this? Hmmm

  • Hustle

    Hustle

    ★★★½

    Pretty standard sports movie, but it was good.

  • Official Competition

    Official Competition

    ★★★½

    That was fun! I was tickled, particularly by Cruz' performance.

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★½

    Maybe it was the pitfalls of expectation, but I had trouble connecting with this film. The sadness just stared back at me blankly and didn't resonate.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Four Things:
    1. They really should be wearing helmets on that motorcycle.
    2. The football game was far too vanilla compared to the original homoerotic volleyball scene. 
    3. Are we sure Miles Teller isn't actually Anthony Edward's child?
    4. Tom's filler is starting to be distracting.

  • Moneyboys

    Moneyboys

    ★★★½

    Very beautiful. The lighting, the sets, the men.

  • Montana Story

    Montana Story

    ★★★½

    Every cast member brought something to the table that grounded us to the heart of the story. It was beautifully shot and the production design and costumes were spot on.

  • The Lost City

    The Lost City

    ★★★½

    I went to this with my folks (honestly not sure I would have seen it otherwise). Sandra did Sandra very well and Channing was charming. It made me laugh more than I expected.

  • Better Nate Than Ever

    Better Nate Than Ever

    ★★★½

    Oh for cute!