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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, it's a comedy.

    It's been more than a week since I saw Joker and I truly think this is close to a masterpiece. The entirety of the film, and whether it succeeds or not, is put on Joaquin Phoenix's shoulders and he excels in portraying the transformation of this broken soul into becoming the clown prince of crime. The actor shows everyone why he is one…

  • System Crasher

    System Crasher

    ★★★½

    System Crasher: This term is used to describe children who break every single rule and who gradually fall through the cracks in Germany’s child and welfare services.

    Usually the best german films are about World War II or DDR. System Crasher is a relentless film about a child with behavioral problems and the people trying to care for her. Lots of ups and downs and a fantastic lead performance from the young protagonist. Zengel's performance is a powerful one and…

  • Abominable

    Abominable

    ★★★½

    Where’s my magical Yeti?

    Abominable was a joy to watch. This is one of the sweetest, heartwarming movies I’ve seen in such a long time. This brought me such pure unadulterated joy. There's been so many Yeti movies recently between Missing Link and small foot I have no idea why this is a trend but I think this might be the best one out of all of them. The animation is absolutely beautiful and colorful and the main characters were…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    The best Brad Pitt performance of the year.

    James Gray is an underrated director, but he always delivers. Ad Astra is a beautiful film that is at times a big blockbuster (complete with modern laser guns and moon pirates), and at other times a quiet, experimental indie film (complete with whispered voice-over and beautiful shot of space accompanied by Max Richter’s haunting score). Brad Pitt is even better here than in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and shows everyone…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★

    Bill Hader is a mood.

    What happens to us when we return to face a threat from the past? How does it hurt us? How does it hurt those around us? The thematic elements of It Chapter Two run a lot deeper than I was expecting, based on my knowledge of the book. This was a movie about love, about loss, about trauma, and about facing our past. Maybe not as compelling as the first chapter, but still just as…

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★

    I'm what you call an ice-cold can of whoop-ass.

    Hobbs and Shaw had great chemistry in the The Fate and the Furious movie, so of course it makes sense that The Rock and Jason Statham lead the first F&F spinoff movie. This movie is a lot of (stupid) fun. Sometimes you just need a mindless action movie and this one is exactly it, but it's also extremely self aware of what it is; which is why it made me appreciate…

  • Get Shorty

    Get Shorty

    ★★★½

    I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best... he said, "Ransom notes."

    It's funny that I never got around to seeing Get Shorty until now. I could have rented it back in the day. I could have seen it on cable. I could have seen it countless of times on TV after that. I finally saw it and had a really good time. John Travolta (who's extremely uneven about the quality of roles he…

  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    ★½

    Scottish Gerard Butler plays an astrophysicist who was born in the UK but has an American accent and it's not even in the top 10 dumbest things in this movie.

    I like disaster movies. They're stupid, but fun. 2004’s "The Day After Tomorrow" for example was a lot of fun. But "Geostorm" is one of the worst disaster films ever made. Weather satellites getting hacked and causing deadly weather across the globe - that sounds ridiculously fun. But somehow, the…

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Angel Has Fallen

    ★★½

    24 meets The Fugitive, but for poor people.

    So this was way better than I thought it would be. By that I mean I went in expecting to see one of the worst movies of the year, because "London Has Fallen" was bad, and instead it was fine. Something I appreciate about this film is that it’s different from the first two. Instead of the president being kidnapped, Mike Banning is framed for attempting to kill the president and he…

  • 300

    300

    ★★★

    This is Sparta!

    My testosterone levels have gone through the roofs while watching this film. Zack Snyder is a visual filmmaker, and we all knows he prefers style over substance. This movie thankfully doesn’t need the latter, and has a lot of the former. The historical accuracy is probably close to zero, but you just have to admire the visual spectacle that is "300" . Gerard Butler was born to play Leonidas. If you can ignore the fascist propaganda, you'll have a pretty good time with this movie, its fun action sequences and oneliners. Lena Headey deserved to have more screen time, though.

  • Red Heat

    Red Heat

    ★★

    [Watching a porno scene on the TV]
    Russian Arnie: Capitalism!

    This flick is a bit light on action and a bit heavy on James Belushi, who to be honest is more annoying than funny and doesn’t really convince the audience as a tough Chicago cop. I like Belushi, but he drags the movie down because his character is irritating and he rarely does anything of consequence related to the plot. And the gimmick of "Russian Arnie" is also not that…

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal

    ★★½

    "What do you think I look like, Dirty Harry?"

    I’d somehow missed this action flick in all my years of watching movies. I don’t think I even knew this Schwarzenegger existed before seeing it on Prime. This is probably one of his underrated performances, he does a few subtle things that work really well. Still, "Raw Deal" is one of Arnie's weaker '80s action flicks. No impressive action scenes, generic plot without any surprise elements and no real iconic oneliners,…