RSS feed for Will

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    I was lucky enough to see Hamilton on West End in February before the pandemic went down, so it was interesting as well as exciting to revisit the show in film-form only a few months after the real thing (it was one of my favorite 2020 experiences). However, while the musical itself is absolutely incredible, the show is obviously not a film, or at least not in any traditional sense. The technical aspects, including directing by Thomas Kail, are impressive.…

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★½

    Sam Raimi's influence as a genre director cannot be overstated, gaining recognition through his Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogies. However, at the root of his career, he is foremost a horror creative, and Drag Me to Hell is no exception as Raimi continues his signature style that was pioneered nearly forty years ago with the first Evil Dead. As both writer/director, Raimi continuously embraces the dark humor of his situational scare sequences, creating a tension-filled yet over-the-top atmosphere. It is…

Recent reviews

More
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★

    Considered Miyazaki's most beloved work, I was incredibly excited to watch Spirited Away for the first time. Unfortunately, while I found the film to be extremely creative as well as beautifully animated, I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by the hollow characters and storyline. What I do think worked, as in all of Miyazaki's films, were the mature themes explored regarding the loss of innocence and trafficking. The voice-work and sound design are excellent, Daveigh Chase bringing a very surprising…

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★½

    Prisoner of Azkaban holds a special place for both myself and many other HP fans, uniquely being the installment that set the standard for what a Wizarding World film could be primarily due to Alfonso Cuarón's incredible direction. I feel this is the only film in the franchise to really lean into the horror genre, Michael Seresin's cinematography creating a surprisingly dark tone that compliments the atmosphere beautifully. Every performance here is great, especially Gary Oldman and David Thewlis, and…

Popular reviews

More
  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★

    Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro is a simplistic, yet incredibly emotionally effective film that arguably paved the way for Studio Ghibli's success outside of Japan. The animation, now over thirty years old, still impresses as Miyazaki creates a similar to our world, but still intensely magical environment. It takes its time to set-up the characters, and while this leads to the first half-hour feeling slow at times, is absolutely necessary for setting up subtle plot-points crucial to its narrative. The…