• The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★★

    The Killer is just wall-to-wall over-the-top action. John Woo's signature style has spawned many imitators but none have matched the sheer insanity of this movie. For all its gunplay, I don't think there's a single reload in the entire movie. I kept thinking how I'd love to see a modern remake of this, but I think in anyone else's hands, the earnestness of ideals of friendship and honor would just ring hollow. What a ride.

  • Gattaca

    Gattaca

    ★★★★★

    This incredible debut from writer/director Andrew Niccol is one of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time. I remember seeing it in the theater and knowing I had just seen a movie that would stick with me forever. Almost 25 years later, this movie hasn't aged and, if anything, is even more relevant today than when it was released. Ethan Hawke is perfect as Vincent. The production design is understated and timeless. The score is wonderful. Niccol hasn't come close to matching the highs of Gattaca but I'm hoping he will top it someday.

  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    ★★★½

    Just an absolutely ridiculous plot but Michael B Jordan really sells it with his earnestness and physicality. Some good set pieces and some so bad it's good dialogue. Leaves the door open for more Tom Clancy dad movies, which I can get behind.

  • If Anything Happens I Love You

    If Anything Happens I Love You

    ★★★★★

    I watched this despite the synopsis because I'm a masochist and I was bawling through the entire thing. It brought me back to the darkest days of my own grief. The power of film to evoke emotion, particularly in short form, is incredible and this film weilds that power with surgical precision. This film destroyed me more than any other film I've seen that deals with the loss of a child. I'm not sure whether to be mad or grateful.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

    On second viewing I really loved this movie. Riz Ahmed is incredible. The sound design is absolutely convincing. This movie does with deafness what The Father does with dimentia. It puts you in the main character's head and it's harrowing. The final shot is perfect.

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★

    Some cool moments but the whole thing felt pretty muddled. Inspired casting of John Walker with Kurt Russel's son but they didn't do a great job of developing his character. This era of the comic was my jam so I really wanted to love it. Still better than WandaVision.

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Maybe the most comprehensible David Lynch production I've seen and it was still bat-shit insane but I loved it. What a wild ride. Dennis Hopper is completely over-the-top and I think I found out what inspired Nic Cage in basically every movie he's been in for the past 20 years. Dean Stockwell has a brief appearance (the second of my movie a year challenge after Paris, Texas) and he completely steals the show. This is one of the few movies in the challenge so far that I'm sure I'll revisit again.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

    Competently made but ultimately a lesser John Wick. Bob Odenkirk was pretty good playing against type. The movie is relatively short but despite a setup that seems like it's getting ready to get right to the action, it ends up taking some time for the main conflict to develop. Great soundtrack though!

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    This is a straight up horror movie. Remarkable in how it puts you in the mind of someone suffering from dementia and at the same time those who have to care for them. The whole movie is like one long Texas switch. Big Memento energy.  Anthony Hopkins puts in some of his best work here and is surrounded by a great supporting cast.

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★

    The first hour of this three-hour movie is a fun, family romp and from there it takes a weirdly dark turn. Not sure why it's called Fanny and Alexander when Fanny has like one line and might as well not even be in the movie. Definitely some interesting parts but it didn't add up to a whole lot for me.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★½

    If anything cool and/or funny happened in this movie I missed it because the rest of the movie gave me narcolepsy.

  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    ★★★★

    I have not laughed so hard in a long time. This movie will have you in tears. My only beef is that everyone seems entirely too reasonable.