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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★½

    HALLOWEEN (2018) - to my benefit - severely lacks from an experienced horror filmmaker. The storytelling and thrills felt tame and overly trite. Many scenes were awkwardly staged and sloppily edited together. I'm not convinced David Gordon Green was the best guys to be behind the camera. His script was equally as baffling to me. The film introduces too many storylines, abandons many of them half through and too often fails to have connective tissue. That said, there were some…

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE is slick, stylish and witty in its structure, but also a surprisingly (and very compelling) look at redemption. Drew Goddard has a touch that I very much gravitate toward. I pretty much loved this.

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    This is the Jake Gyllenhaal show. Or you could argue that it's the Louis Bloom show because Gyllenhaal just disappears. His performance is absolutely unreal and is arguably the best of his career. Louis is creepy, disturbing but also incredibly compelling from beginning to end.

    Dan Gilroy's direction is immaculate. Incredible pacing, fantastic sound design and the cinematography is maybe the best I've seen all year. Robert Elswit is great utilizing LA's night light's, neon blares and illumination that almost…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes you need to go to the moon to get emotional closure. I excpted to like FIRST MAN given how much I've enjoyed Damien Chazelle's previous work, but this film **slayed me**. The direction, the score, the sound design, the production design, the performances - it's all phenomenal.

    Ryan Gosling is especially at the top of his game. I thought he gave his career best performance in BLADE RUNNER 2049 last year, and he may have out-did himself already with his work here. Stunning. In every way.