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  • Kidnap

    Kidnap

    Have you ever watched a film and been unable to figure out whether the filmmaker intended for it to be as bad as it is, or if that's just how things ended up?

    That was me pretty much every second of this film.

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★½

    The most frustrating thing for me, when I'm watching a film, is when I never feel connected to any of the characters. It saps the film of all of its emotional weight (if it even had any to begin with), and it makes the entire experience that much more boring -- this is especially true if the film is wrapped in a blanket of CGI spectacle.

    There is always going to be some human element in monster movies (and that…

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    A modern masterpiece. The Coen Brothers create a world filled with silence and then use Hitchcock-esque suspense to tear violent holes in said world.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Well damn. That was quite a film. Fury Road manages to be entertaining with its action and profound with its storytelling. It's not a "blow you away, make you rethink life" kind of film, but it does rip your eyes from their sockets and captivate you from start to finish.

    If that's not a mark of a masterpiece, I don't know what is.