• The Haunting of Bly Manor

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Well, I liked "Hill House" better (felt more emotionally/thematically grounded), but if they do a third series on a level with "Bly Manor", I am 10000% watching it.

  • Last Christmas

    Last Christmas

    I liked this movie. And I really don't like Christmas movies. (I avoid most Christmas stuff.) I watched it because Emilia Clarke + Emma Thompson + Paul Feig. Watching things for their components doesn't always work out, but in this case, I was rewarded on all counts. I didn't know any of the press lead-up to the film, so I didn't know there was going to be a twist, nor did I anticipate one. But I was waiting for *something*—because…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Now seen it twice. Loved it the first time through getting the reveals; loved it the second time through seeing how perfectly it tracked. Loved everything else about it both times. Just wonderful on so many levels. May return to this review to list specific praises. For now, just gushing.

    UPDATE: If you're into movie commentaries, I just (belatedly) found out that Rian Johnson released his "Knives Out" director's commentary (audio only), for free, here: knivesout.movie/#commentary
    It's really nice. He's…

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★½

    I loved it ^_^ Loved that, like the previous one, while it has fun action and effects and beautiful scenery, it's mainly a comedy of manners—these fantastic actors having a blast, getting to play with so much variety in and out of "types", and rocking it. At the same time, it WASN'T just a replica of the first one; the riffs and additions were inventive and fun.

    Main thing that impressed me, though, is the risk-taking/taboo-skirting cross-race casting and acting.…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Too many thoughts. Most don't improve with time, I'm afraid. Even bits I want to like (good performances from wonderful actors and some beautiful visuals) are horribly soured by other factors. The main word in my head re: the writing/directing/producing is: "COWARDLY".

  • Split

    Split

    I never thought I'd watch this film. (I'm not big on suspense/horror.) But I knew enough to be interested, so I indulged in meta material, spoiling myself absolutely rotten. I finally watched it tonight; and even knowing in advance EVERYTHING that was going to happen, I was still wobbly through my whole body when I stood up after. I call that an effective film.

    BRILLIANT acting, of course. Also quite into the pacing and editing; and writing-wise, appreciated all the…

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    I truly don't know what everyone's problem is. I quite liked it. Not a masterpiece but DEFINITELY doesn't deserve the "worst superhero ever" comments. I don't even know if it's the "worst of these reboots". (I think I'd put it ahead of "Apocalypse". Which likewise is still a totally watchable film. Is it a work of art like "Logan"? Not at all. Is it hard to watch? Also not at all!) Do I call sexism or snobbery or…? Anyway, I…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

    Any other fans of Timothy Zahn's installments of the Expanded Universe out there? "R1" satisfies similar fascinations: getting into the grit and details, strategies and mechanics in the spaces provided by the space opera framework. Not quite the same animal as the original trilogy, but such a great complement to them, and shows a different era and set of people. The epic heroes of the Legacy Films are more firmly Dark or Light; R1's characters are those who live in…