• Pelle the Conqueror

    Pelle the Conqueror

    ★★

    My parents used to love watching all those famous book adaptations. You know the ones, the BBC's adaptation of Wuthering Heights or a PBS Charles Dickens movie. Movie's that are only really engaging to people that have read the book, because they are just 1-to-1 book-to-movie adaptations without any real thought. While I knew going into Pelle The Conqueror that it's based off a very famous Danish novel, I would have figured it out rather quickly just by watching it.…

  • The Dropout

    The Dropout

    ★★★

    A completely fine and watchable miniseries. From a film standpoint, the show never goes in terribly surprising directions or takes any big risks. But the story is engaging throughout and had me constantly on wikipedia, which I kinda think is the point of these sorts of paint-by-number biopics.

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★

    One of the lesser Pixar films for sure. I'm not exactly sure where to place the fault, but this seemed more like a paint by the numbers animated kids movie than anything truly special. I do appreciate that the director poured herself and past into the movie, but the premise ultimately doesn't have the meaning to really be impactful. Sure, it's impressive they managed to make a movie about female coming of age/menstruation accessible to kids, but I wouldn't say that they nailed the heart. It's a bit too pandering to modernity and what sells these days, something that just screams "Disney".

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★½

    Not sure what the Band is smoking with the low score's they gave this one, but Fargo is just refreshing, excelling in it's simplicity and small town atmosphere. I know we were all largely introduced to the world of Fargo through Noah Hawley's spiritual successor TV show, but that shouldn't hinder the merits of this classic.

    Yes, FX's Fargo is basically this movie dialed up to 11, I think what makes this so original and refreshing is precisely that it…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★½

    It's pretty garbo, but I did laugh a few times. It has just enough if the meta elements that made The Lego Movie excellent for me to not want to completely trash it.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    I've become a fan of Matt Reeves through his work on the Planet of the Apes blockbuster series. I think he has the right vision to make a commercial film both enjoyable for the myself without alienating the general audience. And from the overwhelmingly positive reception I've seen being given to The Batman as well as high score I'm dropping, I think the same can be said for this film as well.

    The Batman is just a joy to watch.…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★½

    An exploratory and meditative film that's a bit too exploratory and not quite strong enough in it's resolve. I loved how this was shot, the general mood of the whole affair. It's cold and distant in a good way, really revealing Gyllenhaal's skill behind the camera. But it's also nothing remarkable beyond that. I left largely with the impression I'd love to see more Gyllenhaal directed films, just not this movie again. A good freshman attempt, just in need of a story and emotional cohesion that works better.

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★½

    I'm just as much of a Farhadi simp as I am a PTA simp. Once again I am in love with his latest feature, a film that fits comfortably in his familiar presentation while still being gripping and unique in it's own right. A Hero is Farhadi's look into cancel culture, once more being the single best filmmaker to showcase the inherent nature and corruptibility of a sinful mankind. While some filmmakers show good people who make some questionable choices…

  • You Won't Be Alone

    You Won't Be Alone

    I don't have anything nice to say. I did not enjoy anything about this.

  • Emergency

    Emergency

    ★★★½

    Fun buddy comedy. The film does a terrific job escalating the tension time and time again through their ridiculous decisions. Unfortunately, the film ends in a heavy-handed Sundance way that overemphasizes racial themes that don't exactly fit the lesson taught by the film itself. For a film that's so realistic in its depiction or race and drama, the ending is disingenuous.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Paddington 2 is one of those near perfect sequels. It takes exactly what works from the first film and delivers more of that while removing the annoying aspects that dragged the first film down. The character of Paddington in the first movie is a bumbling idiot. He gets himself into these annoying situations and then through sheer cuteness manages to get himself out of them. It was tropeish and very clearly geared towards children, but it worked.

    Paddington in the…

  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    ★★★½

    A solid "girl-boss" lawyer movie. One of those kinds of movie's I've seen before, but something about rouge legal dramas like this are just so enjoyable, I'm willing to overlook some of the other flaws found within.