Justin Mezzell

I watch movies just like the rest of us.

Favorite films

  • Aliens
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Terminator
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★

  • Barbarian

    ★★★★

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

  • Bullet Train

    ★★★½

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★

    Like sweet potatoes at thanksgiving, it’s tender, little heartwarmer.

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★

    Consistently engrossing and darkly funny, Barbarian has its unpredictable moments, but didn’t break quite as much new ground as I was expecting it to. Though I’m sure that has to do with expectations set beforehand. But nonetheless, a well crafted horror romp.

    All told, Justin Long continues his indomitable reign as one of the most punchable folks in the biz.

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  • Synchronic

    Synchronic

    ★★½

    The first 30 mins were compelling, but once the mechanic starts getting fleshed out, it lost a lot of the momentum and believability (and not just because it’s sci-fi). 

    Some fun visuals, though! And some truly thoughtful commentary on time travel as it applies to people in very different ways/circumstances.

    There’s a good movie in there somewhere, but I think this one could have baked in the mental over a bit longer.

    It’s possible the 2.5 is too harsh a review and maybe it’s a 3. Let’s call it a 2.75. But I’ll keep watching for more from these guys, this one just wasn’t it for me.

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★½

    I’ll admit to largely writing this one off during the initial release marketing, but it’s a pleasantly surprising little flick that’s far more cosmic than I would have imagined. Arguable about whether or not it lands its ambitions, but we’re here for delivery — not just the landing.