• Domino

    Domino

    ★★★★★

    Tony Scott 14

    Surprised how much of a gut punch gave me in its final minutes. This exercise in style has explosive action, 2000s filters, and entertainment to spare.

    Absolutely adored this one.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Will hope to keep this weekend with my mom and my nana with me forever.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    A journey through Oz. The future of Planet Earth. One of the few filmic things that could make me want to be a parent.

  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★★★

    Still really love this.

  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★★★★

    Love this so much even if I feel he improves on it with his next film. (Gonna start that tonight with the mom and grandmother.)

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Garland 4

    Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic.

    As always, Garland plays with the Creation myth as it pertains to the pride of Humanity.

    The first film I introduced my bro Ahmari to, the first film that caused my little brother and me to have an in depth conversation after watching it, and the first Earthbound exploration of nature and technology from Garland's computer based trilogy. Here, Oscar Isaac is a revelation and gives what is probably his single strongest…

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★★

    Garland 3

    As for the judges... sit tight, or run. It makes no difference, you're mine.

    Got pumped seeing Avon Barksdale in this explosive work that shares some thematic DNA with the HBO masterwork I've been taking my time with.

    Instead of a realistic crime procedural about one town as a stand in for America, Alex makes a drop dead gorgeous action film with all the stylish drug sequences and crisp combat setpieces . If Urban is to be believed,…

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Garland 2

    The last man. Alone with God.

    Moments to be grateful for: resisting romantic subplots, (most) comic relief, and needlessly cutting back to Earth. "Five crew members." Wong and Yeoh absolutely crushing it in the supporting cast.

    Garland and Boyle continue their treatise on Survival structured around a series of interstellar trolley problems. Each character of the crew feels particularly defined around their stances surrounding the impending mission. The means of each player's doom is often foreshadowed before it…

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★★★

    Garland 1

    With endless love, we left you sleeping. Now we're sleeping with you. Don't wake up. X

    A simple sequence stood out to me this time around centered around the above quote. That is, of course, from the Jim's childhood home set of scenes. Cillian Murphy has always been one of my talent crushes but upon rewatch, he and Garland opt for such simplistic pain. Stripped down to its bare minimum: a man grieving not just for his parents,…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★★

    Raimi 12

    The best MCU movie. By far. Raimi did not disappoint me like he did with some of you, but I understand that the MCU fanboys are soiling their Marvel sweatshirts because of how standalone this really becomes.

    Olsen is the MVP acting wise (always reminds me of one of my best friends), but Sam is here in all his glory with his eyeballs, camera movements, expressionist montages, and horror imagery.

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★★

    Raimi 11

    Unrated Director's Cut

    The most terrifying and mean PG-13 anti-capitalist horror that doubles as EC comics pastiche? Sam does post comic book blank check right.

    Technically have seen this before but it was over a decade ago and I barely remembered anything about it (outside the ending). In any case, I guess I'll still count this as a rewatch. Lohman proves once again that she is a stunning talent (barring her personal life) with balancing a heavy guilt…

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★★★★

    Raimi 10

    Using campy dialogue and going gonzo on his stylish flourishes as a middle finger to the studio does wonders for this messy masterwork. 

    NYC still feels lived in, the characters still (mostly) inhabit an emotional and real world that feels like a reflection of our own, and many arcs come together quite well. Sandman’s actor has met my family (and worked a couple times with my late aunt) so I would try to be objective, but what’s the…