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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★

    The most twisty and espionage-heavy since De Palma’s original. And like De Palma, McQuarrie’s use of cinematic language and history is strong. When you create a set piece around an opera that directly homages Dario Argento’s OPERA, that’s major points in my book. His cinematic love oozes out of every frame that it’s easy to forgive the obvious nods (like CASABLANCA). It’s part TINKER TAILOR, and part M:I film, and that’s why I love it. 

    After going through this series…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★½

    III has a much better story, character development, and villain. This has much better action, a clarity in the action, and a sense of humor about itself. 

    Both are solid entertainment. And both allowed McQuarrie to come in and merge all of the good qualities to make ROGUE NATION really damn good.

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    I felt almost nothing while watching this. Not in the way that something like TRANSFORMERS beats you into submission until you’re numb, but in that the movie has no blood pumping through its veins. Feels like LucasFilm’s only goal after firing Phil Lord and Chris Miller was to not make a good movie, but a merely competent one that manages to avoid that dreadful green splat on Rotten Tomatoes. And it may barely succeed. 

    The reshoots are felt. Not in…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Blunt as the back-end of a rifle. Mostly works to its advantage, because Riley is committed to his allegories, and never trips up on tone. The cast also does the heavy lifting and makes this thing sing. All the targets that are aimed at here are hit very spot-on. Not as laugh-out-loud funny as one might think, but it gets a lot of mileage out its energy and never ceasing to fascinate.