Michael has written 54 reviews for films during 2021.

  • When We Were Kings

    When We Were Kings

    Really great. I had forgotten that George Plimpton and Norman Mailer are in it so much. It’s unfortunate that the talking heads are so present because the archival footage is so amazing. It would be very difficult to tell the story without them, so I’ll call it a necessary evil.

  • F9

    F9

    These movies don’t really exist on a good-bad scale, but this one’s definitely on the lower end of whichever spectrum they call home. It was better than Tenet though.

  • The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring

    Interesting movie exploring conflicts between Norse religion and Christianity, and between guilt and forgiveness. Storytelling gets a little sloppy near the end.

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    Can’t say that I enjoyed this film, but I’ve never seen anything like it before and I’m stunned that someone allowed it to be made ... and that counts for something.

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★

    Fun at times. I despise summer and certain scenes make the idea somewhat palatable. Strong start, but lost me in the middle. Song and dance numbers were fun. Scenes where actors had to deliver dialogue felt stiff and unnatural. Could stand to drop about 40 minutes of runtime.

  • Mare of Easttown

    Mare of Easttown

    A fine time. Episode to episode highs and lows, gets a little tonally weird sometimes, but Kate Winslet’s accent work sufficiently smooths things over.

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    Not a big Scorsese guy, but if you’re gonna Scorsese, this is THE Scorsese.

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★½

    Fun summer type action/thriller. Admired a few brave storytelling choices. Perfect run time for this type of movie.

  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★½

    A lot works, but a lot also does not. Great leading performances I wish were in a different movie.

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    Really surprised by how much l liked this movie. Missed it because I think it was marketed weird at release. Really courageous filmmaking and exceptional visual storytelling. Often like really interesting individual still photographs strung together by a narrative.

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    ★★★½

    Great production design. Polanski really makes use of the Middle Ages world. As usual, the Shakespearean dialogue was hard to follow, but the visual storytelling helps viewers along.

  • The Truffle Hunters

    The Truffle Hunters

    ★★★★★

    Beautifully shot and exactly the type of documentary I love. No talking heads - just small glimpses into interesting lives, strung together in a way that leaves a deep impression of a narrative story.