• Squid Game

    Squid Game

    ★★★★½

    Episodes 4 and 5:

    Favorite episodes in the series so far. Lee Jung-jae's acting is getting better, the tension is ramping up, and we're starting to learn how this game even gets funding in the first place.

  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    ★★★★

    The best episode so far. You leave with a sense of horror towards these games - something the Hunger Games franchise wasn't able to accomplish. The production design, costume design, and cinematography are amazing - this is a Korean show after all.

    Most of the cast is good. Jung Ho-yeon and Park Hae-soo both deserved their Emmy nominations. I'm baffled that Lee Jung-jae won the Best Leading Actor Emmy. He overdoes every mannerism and facial expression. What's really baffling is…

  • Kill Bill: The Origin of O-Ren

    Kill Bill: The Origin of O-Ren

    ★★★★½

    Love how much effort Kill Bill put into setting up its secondary antagonist

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    Since they were originally shot as one film, I expected Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 to be much more similar than they actually are. The first one has tons of action and gore, while the second is mostly driven by Tarantino's signature dialogue and suspense. I think Tarantino was trying to pay a different homage in each chapter, which is what led to the differences between the parts.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★½

    An excellent action film in every regard and my favorite of the duology!

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★½

    My first Coen Brothers movie I've seen and the 20th movie to be added to my watchlist. A superbly crafted piece of suspense featuring great performances from Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Tommy Lee Jones.
    A lot of the themes probably went over my head due to the film's iceberg approach. Hopefully that'll change on a rewatch!

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance

    ★★★

    Inheritance has a really cool premise and the awesome gimmick of making Simon Pegg the creepy guy. The first act is a perfect act of set-up. The second act has only minor flaws and progresses the story in interesting ways. Sadly, the third act is where the film truly collapses. The film chooses the most predictable twist. One of the characters turns into the most basic wise-cracking horror villain. Put simply, the third act takes away more than it gives, which is a shame. However, if you're a Simon Pegg fan, I'd definitely recommend this!

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed every moment of The Little Things. The cast is great. Denzel's grandfatherly mannerisms and laid back demeanor make an excellent contrast to the character's darker side. Jared Leto is great at playing pretentious characters and his character masterfully averts the "cool serial killer" trope. The story's ending is very well-written, though the upbeat cinematography and soundtrack clash with its nihilistic substance. I'm not sure if this was intentional dissonance on John Lee Hancock's part or a failure to understand his story's themes. Either way, I hope he makes more detective films because this one was a blast!

  • George Lucas in Love

    George Lucas in Love

    ★★★½

    "Mom?"
    "Mom?"
    "MOM?"

  • Silverado

    Silverado

    ★★★★½

    A really fun western!

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone

    ★★★★½

    Loved how this film slowly built the violent tension between Cowboys and lawmen instead of rushing into their war right away.

  • Coogan's Bluff

    Coogan's Bluff

    ★★★½

    With this, Le Samourai, and Point Blank; 1967 was really the year for no-nonsense tough guys getting their man.