Jean-Luc has written 9 reviews for films rated .

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    I'm not really sure what started the trend, but it hit me about 20 minutes in to Bodies Bodies Bodies that all three of the trailers in front of it had the exact same conceit. You get a bunch of annoying, narcissistic rich people--preferably millenials or zoomers but not necessarily--together, isolate them, and then watch them kill each other. Usually you toss some veneer of "we're skewering woke influencers!" over the top to remind the audience its socially conscious. In…

  • Morbius


    Matt Smith go away challenge

  • CODA


    When I started seeing people go negative on this movie I was sure it was typical Oscar-season frenzy--people piecing together what was on course to win and overstating their dislike of it. Wouldn't be the first time. Also wouldn't be the first time I thought a widely hated Oscar bait picture was unimpressive but ultimately fine.

    I'm sad to report nothing I read properly captured just how bad Coda is. It really feels, to me, like the epitome of a…

  • Bombshell


    In a year jam-packed with movies perpetuating reactionary mythologies, Bombshell is somehow the most insulting and horrifically executed. It’s a movie so singly focused on the abuses of one man—in this case the exceptionally terrible Roger Ailes—it tacitly excuses the horrific things its protagonists have said and done. In this way, the film is reminiscent of last year’s Vice, a movie whose only purpose was seemingly to make Dick Cheney into a character you could sympathize with.

    Bombshell does the…

  • Cats


    I fell asleep a few times and experienced most of Cats in a fugue state as a result. I imagine it feels like a fever Dream even being fully alert but oh boy was this a surreal experience. I know jack shit about the source material so I honestly had no idea what was happening most of the time and I don't really want to. Despite the rating it's still pretty far from the worst movies this year just because…

  • The Hustle

    The Hustle

    In the past, I've written about my deep appreciation of 90 minute movies. By necessity, they're tightly paced and I feel engaged for the entire runtime. The selling point is their ability to jettison the bloat that weighs down longer films, a feat The Hustle can't pull off.
    Being bloated (I promise, this isn't a fat joke) is ultimately the least of the movie's problems. It's relentlessly ableist, and leans on the tired "funny fat sidekick" trope a little too…

  • Hellboy


    "Identity" is a concept I frequently come back to when thinking about movies. How does a film use its aesthetics? What are those aesthetics? How does it situate itself relative to other contemporary films? Where does it draw influence from? Movies with unique answers to these questions often offer more enjoyment, which is how I end up believing a movie like "Venom" is better than, say, "Infinity War."

    "Hellboy"'s most notable accomplishment is being so rote it lacks any semblance…

  • Serenity



    What a great time

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    Any number of critics can tell you all about the numerous failings of Eli Roth’s Death Wish reboot. A phoned-in performance from Bruce Willis, bland action sequences, poor cinematography, a script so far in the toilet you may need to get out the plunger… the list goes on. It’s a terrible film. Using this space to write about the technical reason it’s bad, however, would be a waste. I could do it, but other critics already have.

    So instead, we’re…