RSS feed for Matthew

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Crazy how good a superhero movie you can make when you give a fuck about character arcs, emotional investment, visual storytelling, dramatic unity...

    The single greatest cinematic adaptation of superhero comics I've seen, with an incredible blend of the heightened stylization of the page and the dynamism made possible by the screen (and the medium - this is a very strong argument for superhero stories working best in animation). Fortunately the movie is more than its strong visuals. The twin…

  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★★

    A bleak thriller that's long on atmosphere, short on answers. I did enjoy the relative swiftness with which the mystery of "who?" is dispatched, instead focusing on the (here) more intriguing ones of "why?" and "what's next?" In the end though, I was left with little more than a bemused "...huh." Nothing against ambiguous endings of course, but neither the characters nor the film's underlying themes are richly sketched enough to leave me mulling them over once the credits have…

Popular reviews

More
  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

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

    Letterboxd users : The Return : LB admins :: Coop : Laura : Judy

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★

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

    It sure was a movie.

    Pros:
    - it was genuinely fun to watch the different sets of characters play off against each other for the first time.
    - the cast does their best with the fragments of screentime and characterization they're given.
    - the visuals are at least an improvement over the Battle of the Airport Tarmac.
    -Thor was pretty cool I guess.

    Cons:
    - Marvel are chumps for changing Thanos' motivation
    - it's not like longing for the embodiment…