• The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    I can’t remember the last time I grinned from ear to ear for the entire runtime of a movie. The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a exciting movie with a vibrant animation style and a plethora of pop culture references.

    Exactly the right tonic for being housebound during a pandemic.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    With a film as praised as this one is, and having already seen the (original) Magnificent Seven, I thought I knew what to expect when I finally sat down to watch Seven Samurai.

    I cannot overstate how wrong I was. 

    Firstly, for being a 3+ hour long movie, the story and pacing do not make the runtime feel onerous. I loved every second of it. I will not deny that whenever I did originally sit down planning on watching this,…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★½

    The endless parade of soulless Disney remakes/sequels marches on unabated...

  • Fly Away Home

    Fly Away Home

    ★★★½

    A journey through the nostalgia of my Canadian upbringing. This movie spend allot of time in school VCRs in my elementary school days.

    In revisiting it as an adult, I realized how good Jeff Daniels is (hell I forgot Daniels was even in it), and god damn emotional this movie still is.

    All that being said, this movie is incredibly misleading when it comes to Canadian Geese. There is a reason they are called Cobra Chicken.

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★½

    "HIs Girl Friday" was an unexpected joyride for me. I certainly did not expect how funny it was going to be, and the final third of the film caught me a bit off guard (in a good way) with its frenzied pace.

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★

    In retrospect, perhaps the Director of the "Austin Powers" movies was not the right call to helm a movie on a subject like the MeToo movement....

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    By the end of "Leave No Trace", it becomes clear that Will (Ben Foster's Character) has experienced something in his past that compels him to live off grid with his pre-teen daughter Tom. What makes this movie so compelling to me, is that it feels no need to show us what that experience was, and leaves the audience to make its own inferences.

    This silence makes it clear that the cause is not important, so long as we understand the effect it has on Will and Tom.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    After two movies in Django Unchained and the Hateful Eight, which I really enjoyed, but were also were so over the top in their violence that it felt like self-gratification on Tarantino's part, it was somewhat different experience sitting through 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood'

    With the exception of one scene, this movie gives us a much more subdued, melancholic version of Tarantino penning an wistful love letter to the end of the studio era in Hollywood.

    The…

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Thoughtfully entertaining for the first portion of the film, but lost some of it's steam once all the story lines coalesced towards the end of this film, Kind of felt like the start of a Tarantino movie without the satisfying payoff at the end.

    Still worth a watch and a decent follow up to Cabin in the Woods for Drew Goddard!

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★★½

    The 'How to Train Your Dragon' trilogy has really set the template for how a animated trilogy should progress (or any trilogy for that matter). I think each film has been just as good, if not better than the last, for their own reasons.

    As the trilogy has progressed, the conflicts Hiccup and his band of vikings has faced have grown more complex. They reflect the choices and challenges that we often face in our every day lives. Who to…

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★½

    The same pop-culture infused chaos as the first movie, just not executed to the same degree of excellence.

    To be clear, this is still a lot of fun, and I had a riot keeping up with the ironic pop songs and the tie-ins to other pop-culture phenomenon. Rex Dangervest's subtitled, highly-trained raptors were particularly a hit for me.

    I suppose the payoff wasn't quite as effective, and the element of surprise wasn't there to the same extant in the sense…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    The Lobster -> Killing of a Sacred Deer -> The Favourite
    What a streak of films from one of the best directors working right now. (On a related note, I really must catch up on Dogtooth).

    The three-way drama between Coleman, Weisz, and Stone causes some delightful dialogue, and all are worthy of some hardware to commemorate that.

    I watched this with the wife, who would not have appreciated lathimos's other works as much, and she may have liked this one way more than I. Which, as you can see, is saying quite a bit.