• Back to the Future

    Back to the Future


    Original review here

    I’ll stand by what I said in my original review, Back to the Future is one of the most perfect movies ever made. So when I saw they were rereleasing this in theaters on Back to the Future day, did you really think I’d miss out? I’ve got nothing new to add since that initial review, but damn does this movie hold up. Just as fresh, funny, and tightly-written as the first time, only this time I get to…

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon


    I think I speak for everyone when I say I’ve been anticipating this for a few years now. Every year we’d get excited for its new release date, and every year it’d just get delayed to the following year and repeat the process. All we had was that one set photo of DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone at the table— you know the one. But nevertheless, it’s finally here, and it’s with great excitement I get to share the hype is…

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant


    I got to catch a screening of The Iron Giant today at the Aero Theater with a live Q&A from Brad Bird (who even signed my blu-ray!), and I gotta say, it reeeally holds up. As one of the last great films with 2D animation, every frame feels so special— and it’s not just the visuals, either. The story and screenplay itself is absolutely beautiful; I’m talking audible tears from the audience of kids AND adults. What Mr. Bird brought to…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight


    Whenever someone asks me for a movie I wish I’d gotten to see in theaters, one of my first answers is always The Dark Knight. It doesn’t matter that I’ve watched the blu-ray dozens of times, this is a film that’s clearly made for the big screen. Anyway, I finally got my wish when I saw they were rereleasing this in theaters for National Batman Day. I’d been waiting for this to happen for a long, long time, but I’m…

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle


    Technically, I can say Sleepless in Seattle is the first movie I’ve watched in film school. It may not have been screened in a class, but I watched this in the lounge with some other film kids upon learning the co-writer (David S. Ward) teaches at our school. I’d always known of this movie as one of the more famous Tom Hanks rom coms, but I was extremely impressed by how much I actually got out of it. I know, it’s a…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man


    At last, The Elephant Man was the next one up on my David Lynch watchlist. My respect for this man grows after every new movie I see of his. This time, it was his range that blew me away. This movie feels very different from anything else he’s made, ironically being arguably his most conventional or accessible. But in no way does that make it any less of another great film of his. 

    Even though it feels so isolated within…

  • 8½


    8 1/2 is yet another one of those movies I always find on “Top 100” lists that critics seem to eat up. Truth be told, I’ve been seeking it out for a long time. I generally love movies about movies, and Fellini is a well-respected filmmaker I’ve been meaning to discover for myself. While I don’t think I enjoyed this as much as I’m supposed to, there’s definitely something worth revisiting here.

    Starting with the positives, the film is very impressive…

  • The General

    The General


    The General is another major staple of the silent film era, as well as one of Buster Keaton’s most iconic works. I’m always eager to study Keaton’s films, as I actually happen to be named after the guy. With that, combined with the fact that I’m really into movies, how could I live my life without exploring his career?

    I know I said this last time, but this actually might be my favorite of Keaton’s films yet. His (and Clyde Bruckman’s) direction has…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play


    I’m a big fan of the horror genre. Everything from slashers to psychological thrillers generally work for me. Chucky is one of those iconic slasher villains, up there with Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, that I’d actually never seen before. As a film, this is a solid yet flawed introduction to one of horror’s most iconic antagonists.

    What stands out about the movie for me is its great blend of silliness and genuine terror. It hardly takes itself that seriously, which actually…

  • Oldboy



    For literally years, Oldboy has been THE highest movie on my watchlist. Not one of; the. I could never find it on streaming anywhere, and the Region A blu-ray is surprisingly hard to find. So naturally, when I found out it was gonna be rereleased in theaters for its 20th anniversary, it just felt like it was meant to be. I’ll be honest, there was a little fear I had going in that this wouldn’t live up to the hype. After…

  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon


    I didn’t get the chance to see Enter The Dragon in theaters for its 50th anniversary rerelease, but I do own the Criterion box set with it so I figured I wouldn’t miss out completely. As a newfound lover of martial arts movies, I can say this is one of the best of its kind. If you were to make a reel of Bruce Lee’s career highlights, more than 80% of your footage is right here. 

    I’ve been watching a…

  • Persona



    Anyone who knows what they’re talking about will tell you Persona is a classic. It’s the kind of movie that’d you’d see on the favorites lists of your favorite directors. For obvious reasons, it was one I wanted to squeak in before I start film school. It’s also my official introduction to Ingmar Bergman, who’s often regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. That’s definitely a lot for one man to live up to, but after this…