• Under Capricorn

    Under Capricorn

    ★★½

    Was everyone held at gunpoint to make this? They all seem SO BORED. Especially Joseph Cotten...just no signs of life there at all in this performance.

    On the bright side of things Hitchcock occasionally keeps things interesting with some innovative long takes and Ingrid Bergman's voice here is shockingly similar to the way her daughter, Isabella Rossellini sounds in those Green Porno videos. So at least there's that.

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★½

    Shout out to the gays who have remodeled Michael Myers childhood home. We love a bargain fixer-upper but...damn guys...that was certainly a choice.

    Very torn on how to feel about this one. On one hand I was extremely entertained and loved a lot of the individual pieces at play here, but it's also clear that they're working with a weaker script and execution than the 2018 predecessor despite being more ambitious in terms of style and story. In a lot…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★½

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

    Okay. After being able to view the film a second time I now feel able to fully digest it as both a massive Bond fan as well as a general moviegoer. The short version is that I really, really like this movie. I think the cast, the direction, the action, the cinematography, and Hans Zimmer's score are all top of the class and as good as moviemaking gets.

    It's been fascinating to watch the response to this among Bond fans…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    Reserving full judgement until I watch it a second time this weekend but the first viewing more or less bowled me over. It's a lot to take in for a life-long Bond fan, but the film was made with such care and craftsmanship that it's impossible not to admire.

  • Star Trek: Generations

    Star Trek: Generations

    ★★½

    This essentially feels like an elongated, very special episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. That isn't exactly a knock against it but I expected a little more grandeur from the meeting of the two most famous Enterprise captains.

    Data happily yelling, "I HATE THIS!" is certainly a highlight though.

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★

    Honestly this just a few degrees of camp away from being perfection. The film very much leans in that direction for some fleeting, incredible moments but unfortunately tends to stick closer to the traditional mode biopic with mixed results.

    Jessica Chastain absolutely owns this film and gives it her everything. It is therefore a shame that her key scene partner, Andrew Garfield, feels woefully miscast as Jim Bakker. From his over-the-top accent to his inability to actually look any older…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★½

    I was very much enjoying this for the vast majority of the film...and then the final 20ish minutes happened. While entertaining from start to finish the smorgasbord of interesting ideas that are introduced throughout the film come crashing together in a messy and borderline nonsensical spatter of violence that raises more questions about what you just watched than it answers. Sometimes that's a good thing, but in this case it's a letdown.

  • Deliverance

    Deliverance

    ★★★★

    Beautifully shot and totally disturbing all at once. It's shocking how somewhat casually they trotted out a male-on-male rape scene just about 50 years ago knowing it would still be extremely rare and risque today.
    The film is naturally dominated by the actual survival portion of the characters ideal but I personally found myself more entranced by their attempts to keep it a secret from the police and mentally persevere from what they had to do. The film comes close to greatness but perhaps could have nailed it if that was more of the focus.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★½

    Well after only one viewing I think this already ranks as my favorite single hero origin story film in the MCU!
    The action and direction of that action is simply miles beyond anything else we've seen in a Marvel movie thus far and I spent a majority of the film having physical reactions to what I saw unfolding up on the screen - a sure sign they were doing something very right.
    Beyond the action the cast is absolutely top…

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★★½

    Was recently on a 12-hour flight and couldn't sleep so I did what any sensible human would do and put on 'Gone with the Wind' to kill 4 of those hours!

    I hadn't watched this since my first time seeing it more than 20 years ago and other than the obvious gagging that occurs anytime the characters revere "the Old South" I was struck by several things:

    There are shots throughout this film that are absolutely stunning even by today's…

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★

    A serviceable and entertaining animated Disney adventure that is held back by a story that feels a little overdone (heroes need to collect the full set of stones to defeat the villain). The animation is beautiful though and we have to swoon over Daniel Dae Kim's hot dad character - it's the law.

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★★

    Honestly? It's perfect. I'm just so glad that a movie this weird, funny, and heartfelt exists. Thank you for being on this earth, James Gunn.