• Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Movie Night w the Menaces;

    There is so much to unpack here. Generational trauma. Family sacrifice. Identity. Purpose. Daniels’ first major film, Swiss Army Man, was somewhat lost on me. It still doesn’t quite click. But Everything Everywhere All At Once immediately left an impression. Not only is it powerful to see a fully realized Asian American cast. But it is equally as powerful, if not more so, to see a fully realized (and at times batshit crazy) story come…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    Legitimately one of the best action movies of this century. 

    8/10

  • F9

    F9

    I can respect this franchise simply because it aims to be entertaining. F9 as an entry into the Fast & Furious saga turns everything up to eleven. More explosions. More stunts. More “familia.” It still keeps its DNA intact however, even at times squeezing some last bits of nostalgia out for old time’s sake. What does get lost is its original purpose: street racing. I love it when a movie pushes boundaries, but please, let’s keep Fast & Furious on this planet. Where gravity still applies. 


    Watched on HBO Max:

    4/10

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★★

    Pulls at your heart, and brain, strings. Really adopts a pseudo thriller aspect to the whole story. If you're not familiar with Turing already, then the movie unfolds just like how the Enigma Code was cracked, one small bit at a time. But I'm not so sure this still stands as something to be marveled over like it was when it was first released.

    Still, it's fun to see Cumberbatch and Knightley act so well.


    Watched on Netflix

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    Robert Eggers' talents as a world-builder, a filmmakers with a talent for historical homage, is not only confirmed in 'The Northman,' but celebrated. What an incredibly dense film, rife with subtleties and not-so-subtleties, all encompassing the universe of Nordic mythos and Viking culture.

    Brutally violent, disturbingly cryptic, it is a vengeance film that only Eggers could pull off. Everything lands successfully here, but it is noticeable that this is Eggers first real delving into a more epic scale film. And…

  • Kimi

    Kimi

    What was really engaging in the first two-thirds descended into a cacophony of absurdness come the final act. Like what the fuck was going on?? I can't help but feel like these "pandemic-era" movies all fall into the same pitfall of relying too heavily on COVID for plot development and engagement without any additional substance.

    If this were a standard, internal drama about pandemic trauma, sexual assault and overcoming those fears, it would have been an amazing movie. Or at least very good. Or make it a thriller! It's just trying to accomplish too much with not enough.


    Watched on HBO Max:

    3/10

  • X

    X

    Especially funny, camp, exploitation-y, and gory. “X” is everything you want from a modern aged slasher flick, and even a bit more. The return on investment is A+. Drawing inspiration from horror films of decades past, notably Texas Chainsaw Massacre, “X” isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. Rather, it is trying to pay respects while also proving that slashers can still be done with poise. And it nails the landing. (That post credit scene tho!)

    Watched at AMC Rosedale:

    8.3/10

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    I feel like I say this every time a superhero, event-scale movie comes around. But the pure fatigue I feel when it comes to these comicbook movies is almost insurmountable. For some reason, however, there comes along a superhero movie - once in a blue moon - that piques my interest. Think Logan (2017), Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and The Dark Knight (2008).

    The Batman enters this hall. I knew Matt Reeves had the ability to craft something special here,…

  • Shrek 2

    Shrek 2

    ★★★★

    What is so amazing about Shrek, memes aside, is how the first film and sequel still hold up incredibly well. The pure longevity of its messages (however corny they may be), its humor, and its seamless blend of fairytale magic and pop culture never ceases to amaze and humor me.

    Watched on Netflix:

    8/10

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    Gaslight Alley

    Watched on HBO Max:

    7.5/10

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    Movie night w the hoes:

    Immaculately designed and so brilliantly paced. Two stunning performances from Leung and Cheung. Just an overall wonderous and dense film.


    Watched Criterion Collection Blu-Ray:

    8/10

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Bombastic. Claustrophobic. Hypnotizing and nauseating. Perfection. 


    10/10