• It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    This and The Guest would make for a fantastic double feature.

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    The particular kind of prescience that it has is both in the details of like, oh, there’s like a plague, and there’s a sickness, and there’s anti-immigrant stuff and xenophobic stuff, and a general kind of withdrawing from global alliances, and all that kind of societal collapse specificity that has proven to be true to some degree. But it’s also just that the idea that the end of the world can happen, but it’s just you have to keep on…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    I saw The Witch. I knew nothing about it. I thought, wow, there's a filmmaker here. Something about how he made that world and didn't make it a period film that points at itself. You really were able to enter that world.

    Willem Dafoe

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★½

    "I'm a splice. You don't understand what that means, but I have more in common with a dog than I have with you."
    "I love dogs. I have always loved dogs."

    It's a bit of a mess, but really its greatest sin is overestimating how cool speed skating looks.

    I appreciate Eddie Redmayne’s performance more than I like it.

    The whole “son marrying mother” plot line could’ve been cut to bring this closer to a tight 90.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    The most movie movie that ever movied.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    I like how Marta's relationship with the Thrombeys is foreshadowed early on as she answers her phone:

    "Hi, Walt."
    "Hi Marta, it's Walt."
    “Mmm-hmm.”

    Detailed and intricate like the mysteries it lovingly imitates, yet the Marta-wins-because-she’s-a-good-person subversion remains my favourite thing about this movie, along with Ana de Armas’ performance.

    (The politics are unsubtle but not unwelcome.)

    🍩

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★½

    3.0 stars for the theatrical cut. Nothing can take away from Rutger Hauer's performance though.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    “I heard you struck my son.”
    “Yes sir, I did.”
    “And may I ask why?”
    “Yeah. Well, because he stole John Wick’s car, sir. And, uh, killed his dog.”
    “Oh.”

    I sure do love the first 77 minutes of the John Wick franchise.

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★½

    Sorkin cares so much about showing how clever a writer he is that he forgets to write anything good, and even Fincher can only rein in this script so much.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    The action sequences are above-average for the MCU, the villain is memorable (and performed fantastically), but the good only barely outweighs the predictable 'serious moment undercut by a humourous line' tired Marvel formula.

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    The structure isn't quite solid enough to call this a perfect tongue-in-cheek horror flick, but it's probably the most fun I've had in a theatre since before the pandemic.

  • Movie 43

    Movie 43

    The only reason this is one star instead of half a star is because of Beezel.