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  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★½

    The dialogue and the soundtrack are so obnoxious, but that first transformation scene is perfect. Fuck John Landis, all hail the special effects team.

    29/31

  • Alien Resurrection

    Alien Resurrection

    ★★★★

    Okay, so I know I'm in the minority on this, but I actually enjoyed it? After the slow, kind of routine inevitability of 3, this had some genuine surprises for me. Yes, it's stupid and yes it's not even in the same realm as 1 or 2, but Sigourney and Winona are having fun and so am I. The whole cast of familiar faces, the visuals and the risks this takes (even when it falls flat) are entertaining. Obviously, the dialogue is a big no from me though, dawg.

    28/31

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Jurassic World represents the worst of modern filmmaking.

    A Spielbergian blockbuster without the Spielberg touch, Jurassic World gets almost everything wrong, while remaining incredibly, boringly formulaic. The result is a dumb popcorn movie less interesting than the titular popcorn we need to consume to keep us occupied. Here's what I took issue with most:

    First, the characters are bland, one-note caricatures who either don't change at all or change entirely.

    Second, the plot consists entirely of set-pieces rather than scenes:…

  • Hoop Dreams

    Hoop Dreams

    ★★★★★

    As I lie here in my bed, anxious and doubtful about my uncertain future, I can only think of Hoop Dreams and the two boys so sure of theirs. This is a movie about the power of dreams and the perseverance of humanity in the face of nigh insurmountable obstacles. But it's also about the degradation and corruption of dreams - by circumstances of birth, by responsibility, and by what some people call luck, fate or simple statistics.

    For these…