• A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★

    This film is an example of what happens when two up and coming writers make something so original and innovative, then a studio runs their world through a blender in the sequel. 

    The strengths of mom within the first film, as well as her taking center stage as the hero, are traded for a new face taking center stage. The conflicts presented in this film are created out of characters simply being sloppy, lazy and not thinking. The film should…

  • Split

    Split

    Awful and creepy take on mental illness. A poor portrayal of something that is very real all for what? A story about a monster man who kidnaps a girl so he can have friend? Or was this necessary for M. Night Shyamalan‘s little avengers project? I have so many questions and don’t care enough to have them answered.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★

    Explosions, Testosterone, Jason Stathamism and Superpowers. Make sure to watch while you drink your pre-workout for full effect.

  • Close Ties to Home Country

    Close Ties to Home Country

    ★★★★★

    This story places it’s best foot forward and is told in a way that translates well for emotional appeal. The comedy is contagious and so are the tears. Come for the dog and stay for the longing and questions you’ll be asking yourself after. A 15 min short such as this which is written, acted and filmed with such heart can be inspiration for a feature. Especially one that expands on the blending of genres (documentary+biographic+fiction) that this short was crafted from.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★★

    BookSmart is witty, funny, honest and brave. This is often regarded the “Superbad” of a generation. While both films are good, this one takes steps in a modern direction while being very honest with the following themes: Coming of Age, Adulting, Sexuality, Friendship and Love. BookSmart does this while retaining its humor, charm and willingness to speak for so many who needed their own comedy to remember.

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    You’d be better spending your time on literally any adult film site. Not worth the time, or the money that was put into it. Writing is terrible, so is the acting here. And it’s by no fault of the cast either; they are all usually great. This is a prime example of what happens when a team can’t work together or is falling apart due to studio drama.

  • H.A.G.S. (Have a Good Summer)

    H.A.G.S. (Have a Good Summer)

    ★★★★★

    Clever, creative and complete. Sean Wang created something so relatable for a generation that has such a recognizable identity. Animation is beautiful and hilarious. The story and experiences are enough to bridge all audiences across age and space. This is honest and worth taking the time to watch AND reflect on.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Difficult to watch. Terrible story. Terrible plot. Can I just get a Liam Neeson fan cam instead?

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★

    None of this mattered at all. Villain was a slap in the face. Story was pulled out of the ether. No emotional stakes or value. They did this simply just to round out a trilogy. Only reason why it’s getting two stars instead of one is because of visuals. Other than that, it’s not worth the time.

  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    ★★★★★

    The first series within the main MCU film canon. This kicked off Disney+ Marvel in the best way. An emotionally gripping story that tackles the everyday of family life, while also functioning as a hyper stylized  love letter to the history of television sitcoms. You need very little prior MCU knowledge to enjoy WandaVision’s love, mystery, character development and world building. This is by far Marvels boldest departure from the normal superhero format and it is worth every moment.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    This was pure reaction spectacle. Gore and shock value do not equate to a strong story or relatable characters.

  • F9

    F9

    ★★★

    With the ninth installment in the main Fast and Furious franchise, they acknowledge and incorporate how ridiculous their stunts are. This actually benefits the film, functioning to enhance the fun, mind numbing, action packed ride. The story, while full of retcons, actually is something very original for the franchise. Introducing and expanding the cast with a diverse group of talented and funny actors. The fast saga shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.