Favorites are my top 4 of the current year.
I absolutely hated David Ayer's Suicide Squad back in 2016, it was an ugly, chaotically cut film without an ounce of emotional buy in for its characters. So I was optimistic to see how James Gunn might reinvent the concept, but I was not expecting The Suicide Squad to be the most flat out fun super-hero movie I have seen in years!
So much of what makes this film succeed where its predecessor failed comes down to the pacing and…
The Green Knight is the film of 2021 that I have been most excited for thus far, and my stratospheric expectations were met with ease.
Lowery brings his usual meditative approach to the medieval fantasy genre, filling the film with introspective character work and gorgeously rich visuals. Gawain's journey through the film uses the wild, mysterious tone of a world that has not yet been tamed by innovation to explore the impact of a life and how acting honorably can…
The French Dispatch is Wes Anderson at his most idiosyncratic and meticulous. The film is so dense with visual detail, on screen text, and speedy dialogue that it is impossible to create a fully formed opinion after a single viewing. It is Wes's most structurally ambitious film to date, but it is also his most curiously emotionally distant.
As an anthology film, it is a bit overstuffed and overcrowded; packed with a stacked cast of some of the best acting…
David Gordon Green clearly has reverence for the original Halloween film, as demonstrated by the opening homage-like flashback sequence, but as soon as the credits end, any tension the film had completely evaporates. We are then treated to an hour and a half of pointless character decisions, repetitively gory kills, and a story that treads water with nothing new to say.
Suspiria is art-house horror at its most pretentious and impenetrable, but if you can resonate on its unique wavelength, you will find a film experience like no other this year.
The plot is simple, and borrows its basic premise from Dario Argento's 1977 masterwork: Susie Bannion, a young woman from small-town America, arrives at the Markos Dance Academy in Berlin and soon discovers that it is run by a coven of witches. This simple story masks a sprawling, thematically dense…
Roma is a stunning achievement, one of the greatest films of the year, if not the decade.
Here are a few reasons why you simply must see this film, whether it be in its full majesty on the silver screen, or simply in the comfort of your own home once it releases on Netflix this Friday (December 14th):
- It tells a heartbreakingly intimate story set against the epic backdrop of Mexico City in the 1970s. As we follow housemaid…