payton has written 25 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th


    I think the last time I watched this I was in elementary school so honestly I didn’t remember any of this. This is definitely the weakest link in the 80s iconic slashers.

    I’m glad I actually understand the reference in Drew Barrymore’s intro to Scream (1996) now but other than that I didn’t get much out of this.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street


    if i swooned over johnny depp the entire time no i didn’t❤️ (also this was so much better than i remember??)

  • 1917



    1917 went above and beyond to avoid falling into the generic "cash grab" category that many war movies find themselves in. With regards to visuals, there were many moments where I was left questioning how exactly they even managed to get some of the shots they did. Roger Deakins is nothing short of a master in his craft, everything he touches is sure to be visually appealing on screen.

    At the height of the climax I was brought to tears…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things


    This movie is what it feels like when you watch a movie and keeping nodding off every few minutes and when you wake up you tell yourself, "I wasn't asleep, I know what's going on" (even though you really don't have a clue what is going on). Thing is, I watched this movie completely lucid and still was incredibly disoriented from it.

    I almost wish I could have watched what my face looked like while watching this, as I feel…

  • Poltergeist



    I had no idea how much the Insidious series basically copied this entire movie until now.

    The beginning was a bit slow even for a horror movie but I enjoyed the tone that it set. There were certain lines where my friends and I said out loud "that's iconic" given this movie being such a cult classic at this point.

    Having seen Scary Movie 2 prior to watching this I couldn't help but laugh at certain parts because I knew how they were parodied in it.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    I looked up every character's zodiac sign while watching this movie and somehow the entire franchise makes so much more sense now. What doesn't make sense is how J.K. Rowling wrote a story like this that has so many parallels to real world struggles that minority groups around the world face while also being a transphobic bitch.

    J.K. didn't write the series, she was simply a figurehead (I'm telling myself this both to invalidate her work and also to cling to the little bit of childhood I have left thanks to this series.)

  • Ratatouille



    This is a perfect movie,

    no further questions your honor.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite


    I truly cannot even describe in words how Yorgos Lanthimos movies make me feel. They are truly art in every aspect, from the set/costume design to the cinematography.

    With regards to the cinematography, there was one technique in particular that was used that blew me away and made the entire set look as though it was on a rotating stage and the camera was the one staying in one place, absolutely incredible. I haven't stopped thinking about it.

  • mid90s



    Honestly I think I wanted to like this movie more than I actually did. Cinematography was great, the writing was very natural to the point where it felt as though I was intruding on intimate conversations at times.

    But what the FUCK was that scene?? Alexa Demie who put you up to this??

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver


    I made the mistake of taking an edible when I started this movie. As it was hitting me harder and harder, Robert De Niro's character, Travis Bickle, began spiraling further and further out of touch from reality. It really had me analyzing every aspect of De Niro's performance, from his exuberant, yet deranged body language to his manipulative dialogue, I was all in. 

    I loved how dark and mysterious the entire film was, lending to the way that Travis Bickle…

  • Hancock


    I remember loving this as a kid which has me questioning how good the childhood movies I loved actually were. I get the whole "he's an antihero" trope but the blatant misogyny was a bit much for me.

    Iron Man came out the same year and had a smaller budget than Hancock so I am genuinely confused how the CGI was literally comically terrible. I would not be surprised if a large chunk of Hancock's budget went solely to getting…

  • Inception



    Listen, I don't have much time but I wanted to write and tell you that this is a phenomenal movie in quite literally every aspect. It was like batting in the most rigged game of baseball and the pitcher won't stop throwing curveballs; the pitcher of course being Christopher Nolan.

    Now, I can hear the dramatic symphony music playing so I should wake up any seco-