Movieman630 has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    I want to like this film more than I actually do. The film has strong performances and a solid story. Unfortunately very little thought was put into how to make it into a film. There's no real semblance of taking advantage of film as a medium, instead George C. Wolfe seems content to stage every scene exactly as it would be done on stage. This leads to the film ultimately feeling somewhat unsatisfying. The bland direction leads to the story…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    I suspect that, for most people, First Cow will either be their type of film or it won't. It is an exceptionally slow paced and subtle film, and as such one that requires a good deal of patience. To this effect the film is an excellent tonal piece. It does a wonderful job of establishing the "slow west" or the calmer side of the untamed wilds of the 1800s. The film remains well crafted throughout, but as it's light plot…

  • House


    This is one of the more fascinating examples of horror comedy I've recently seen. On it's surface, the film is a complete mess. The plot is barely there, the characters are unabashed stereotypes. The effects are weak even for the time.

    And yet, there is something incredibly fascinating about the film. Perhaps it is the full commitment everybody involved gives. Everybody involved is having an absolute blast with the lunacy on display. The scares are incredibly inventive, and show a…

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    Ready or not is a mixed opportunity. The film is certainly fun, especially if you don’t go in with high expectations. It’s tongue in cheek, while giving it’s story just enough seriousness. That said, it falls a touch short on character. Samara Weaving gives it her all, but the script never seems to find her as interesting as the family squabbles of the villains. She’s likable, but not really fleshed out. It’s a shame, since Samara Weaving hints at what she could do with a truly interesting and badass character.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    This film is dictionary-definition good-not-great. It never becomes more than a diversion, and the script is not very good. That said, Director Cathy Yan has a lot of fun with the material, and thus the film is pretty consistently entertaining. Margot Robbie and Ewan MacGregor are both having a blast, though the rest of the leads are somewhat underutilized. It’s nothing special, but easily ranks #2 in the DCEU

  • Blade


    I'm going to be honest, when I started this movie I did not expect to like it. Then it began, and almost immediately won me over. The film really does keep it's tongue in cheek and just start having fun with it's action and world. It does start to drag towards the end, but overall it's a pretty fun couple of hours

  • Sinister


    Sinister is something of a mixed bag. There's a lot of really good stuff in this film, but it's met by some really significant issues.

    The best part about this film is the atmosphere. Director Scott Derrickson and Cinematographer Chris Norr make brilliant use of light, shadow and framing to constantly suggest a sense of menace. Negative space is used very well to suggest something else being in the shots, putting the viewer in a constant sense of anticipation and…