• Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    ★★★★★

    Some movies tell a story. Others are more a state of mind. Personally, I find most experimental films rather dull. It helps to have a protagonist, an antagonist, and a good story. Fear and Loathing is a collection of scenes from the point of view of hallucinogens, through the eyes of Hunter S. Thompson, one of the great American journalists.

    Not only are the visuals spot-on for what they're trying to achieve. Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro are genuinely…

  • Galaxy Quest

    Galaxy Quest

    It's kinda charming. For an over-the-top nerdgasm, it has a witty script. It's decent. It's watchable. Nothing special.

  • Dead Man

    Dead Man

    Empty, dull and confused. It's pretty to look at. The Native stereotype is some Dollar store John Candy. Johnny Depp is dreadful. There's nothing to take away from this other than some violence. But it's peaceful. I will say that's a plus.

  • Idiocracy

    Idiocracy

    It's a funny movie.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    I was kinda disappointed in this one, considering the hype. The characters are one-dimensional as shit. The concept is pretty cool. There are some laughs to be had with Freddy. But there just isn't enough Freddy this time. There are too many sidebars with extracurricular mouthpieces. Total cliches. It's trying to do something new, which is admirable. But as a movie, it just doesn't hold up. Feels like one long DARE ad.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    OK, this was actually pretty funny. The gay kid actually does a decent job as the lead. The possession metaphor actually works. It gives the movie a depth it otherwise would've squandered. The practical FX are well done. It's obviously nowhere near as good as the original. But it's halfway decent.

  • The Hours

    The Hours

    Unbelievably dull. Have no idea what it's trying to say. The performances are all artifice and no soul. Nicole Kidman does nothing Oscar worthy. Ed Harris is the best part of the movie. Other than that, it's a completely soulless film based on coincidence. It's about the collective struggle against your own impulses, I guess? But there's no good story here. It's a somber chamber piece for bitchy housewives. Sad.

  • Identity

    Identity

    Starts off promising. This is a movie that makes less and less sense with each passing minute, until it becomes an exercise in screenwriting buffoonery. Impossible to take seriously. The twist is total BS. A serious letdown.

  • 1408

    1408

    Another Stephen King novel brought to life, in a terrifying way. A hotel room drives a writer schizo. Sam Jackson keeps a cool head, barely. The film itself is designed like a game, with levels. It keeps you on your toes, despite being a tad simple. It works.

  • Hustle

    Hustle

    An effective sports movie. Sandler delivers a sympathetic protagonist. Abundant cameos and product placement don't derail the narrative. You could do worse.

  • The Mist

    The Mist

    Fantastic mood. Good acting. Cheesy script but the story is compelling enough to overcome that. It's a classed up B movie that understands true horror. Classic.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    The Northman is a clangy, slow Viking sploogefest all over Alexander Skaarsgaard’s perfectly chiseled abs, which I’m sure he worked hard for.

    A well put together cast, lush cinematography, and elements of fantasy and mythology are not enough to elevate this bland retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Even the protagonist is named “Amleth”. Totally metal, bro.

    Robert Eggers ensures that his eye for unique visuals, sound choices and period detail are not wasted. Unfortunately, his follow-up to The Lighthouse is decidedly…