My star ratings indicate personal enjoyment of the viewing experience, not a universal rating of artistic quality.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009
One of the few animated features that genuinely cracks me up and also entertains throughout.
This film is the real deal. An absurd, thrilling, hilarious, wonderful satire of tech startup films, only a lot of it actually happened. Howerton is impossible to look away from, and really the whole cast shines here. Great score and cinematography, too. Loved it.
This is not a modern 2001, nor is it trying to be. Anyone arguing that is reaching for a reason to be cynical. I think of it as a love letter to the power and influence of 2001, told by the guy who made Memento, The Prestige, and Inception. It is ambitious and beautiful, a melody of science and emotion. Some moments genuinely left me in awe. Zimmer's score is masterful & moving. Hoytema's work is rich & captivating. Nolan, for better…
This thing takes about 20 minutes to set a minimal stage, then suddenly you’re in the middle of a bank robbery and there’s no stopping. It contains all the carnage & confusion you expect, but Bay’s camera is completely unhinged here and it is an absolute blast on the big screen. Gotta say that I absolutely respect how Bay’s only cinematic ethos for anything seems to be “is it fucking cool or not?”