This is close to being an under-the-radar gem, and at times, it even convinced me that it was. But it isn't quite, despite a really terrific horror score and effective horror cinematography and set design. It even has a couple of really engaging otherworldly sequences, and the initial setup is ripe for exploration in its particular horror subgenre. In fact, this ticks a lot of the boxes of my favorite horror films, which almost invariably trade on grief and/or the…
The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2023
100% fan service, but I can't exactly say I mind. The kids certainly had a blast with it, it's got a great voice cast, and the rainbow road sequence is pretty great. I'd happily watch it again.
Where it began to fade a bit for me is in comparison to the first Sonic film, which uses those familiar characters as a setting to develop something deeper and more heartfelt. That's flipped here and as such will have less staying power, even if it does work well as a popcorn family movie.
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011
Guys, I WAS SO WRONG ABOUT THIS MOVIE. It's great and I love it. It has such a wonderful, pervasive sense of virtue perfectly embodied by Chris Evans and wonderfully executed from the period piece flair to the palpable sense of loss fitting for a war film.
A few things come to mind for why I find it so compelling this time around. First, the story touches on yes, Steve's intense sense of obligation to serve others, but also his…
A Quiet Place 2018
This movie is really something special to me. I think part of that is me - I nearly lost my oldest child in the NICU, so themes of parenthood and death speak especially strongly to me. But that said, I think this is dang close to a perfect film.
You've got your scares, your tension, and your stakes. From the very beginning, Jim--err--John Krasinski shows us he's not pulling punches. But more than anything, every single step of this journey…