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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★

    Would be almost oppressively dour if not for some small nuggets of happiness sprinkled in. Without those small moments, the film would have felt frustrating.

    As many others would say, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has one of the most fist clenching, infuriating villains in film. This is true, but without seeming cartoonish or fake.

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★½

    A fun, although mostly flaccid venture without Soderbergh behind the wheel. Just seems like a "Girly" version of any of the other Ocean's films. i.e. a bunch of silly ladies attempt to steal some Carteir diamonds off a model at the Met Gala. It's like if Ocean's Eleven featured women originally and this was gender-bent to feature men, only to have a bunch of gruff, macho, and wacky guys go and try and steal an expensive car and some Scotch…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    A level headed breath of fresh air. Columbus is a film that lets you sit back and have it wash over you. It is a soothing experience of personal trials and coming to terms with the mental challenges associated with them. While a simple film, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is done in such a way that every conversation is interesting and believable, everything feels natural as well as essential. Every decision made is intentional to put the…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The Beauty of Innocence

    This is one of the very, very few films to ever stump me. I have found The Tree of Life is too personal to give a critical review of. I won't even try to give all my thoughts on it because it would devolve to incoherent rambling.

    While many other films that try to be all encompassing may come off as pretentious, this did not. It simply feels too innocent. Too euphoric and too different.

    I…