JamesM has written 13 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    Kino of the year!

  • Me and You and Everyone We Know

    Me and You and Everyone We Know

    "What the hell?" - an unknown but legendary girl in my class as soon as the film cut to black at the end

  • Eternals



    Meh. This is the first Marvel movie I've seen in many years, and it confirmed that I'll never be able to get back into this franchise. The characters are underdeveloped, the action scenes are run of the mill, and there's severe tonal whiplash. It feels like Chloe Zhao wanted to make something more somber and epic than other Marvel movies, but that tone is ruined whenever Kingo opens his mouth. Also, as if one bad comic relief character wasn't enough,…

  • Scream



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

    I saw this film a thousand times when I was a kid, but seeing it as an adult in a sold-out theater made me realize the film is a lot funnier than I remembered it being. Like when I was a kid, I didn't get that Billy's relationship with Sydney is hilariously messed up; he tries to pressure her into having sex the day after she nearly got butchered! I'm not 100% certain if Williamson and Craven were intentionally twisting…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills


    This film continues the Halloween franchise's proud tradition of following up a decent reboot with a mess that ruins all of the goodwill that the reboot garnered. Also, "evil dies tonight" is said at least 21 times. I counted.

  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    Julien Donkey-Boy for theater kids. However, unlike Julien Donkey-Boy, this film never bored me. It does a great job of continually finding new ways to make you squirm, and the editing and cinematography effectively put you in Madeline's head. Is that enough to make it good? I don't know. I never felt a connection to Madeline or any of the other characters, and the dialogue was cringe-worthy. Also, most of the entertainment came from the intense discomfort that filled the room. If I had watched it without an audience, my feelings towards it would probably be far more negative.

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters


    It has been over two weeks since I saw this film, and yet I can't stop thinking about it. It has been a very long time since a film had this kind of an impact on me. Philip Glass's score, the cinematography, and how the screenplay weaves together the past, present, and Mishima's fiction are all awe-inspiring. I feel like I need to give it another watch before putting it in my top 5 favorite films of all time, but it is definitely in my top 10. 10/10

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans


    "His soul is still dancing" is one the greatest scenes in the history of cinema.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out


    A masterfully crafted thriller that weaves in political commentary without hitting the audience over the head with the message. Without giving anything away, the film is about the corruption that underlies much of American politics and how the powers that be would rather turn a blind eye and accept lies than confront uncomfortable truths. The juxtaposition of Jack (John Travolta's character) attempting to expose the truth of Governor McRyan's death while the world around him is celebrating the Liberty Bell,…

  • Heart of Glass

    Heart of Glass


    Pure madness. Whereas Aguirre, the Wrath of God has a solid narrative and follows a man's slow descent into insanity, the characters of Heart of Glass are insane right from the beginning and there isn't any real conflict or plot. It is one of the most bizarrely directed films I've ever seen. Most people would hate this film, but I was thoroughly entertained by its uncompromising absurdity. Also, it's one of Herzog's most gorgeously shot films, and Popol Vuh's score perfectly compliments the stunning imagery. 8/10

  • Pippin


    The Fosse cut.

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