• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★½

    I can’t believe I didn’t mention it in my review of Two Towers but Karl Urban with blond hair is very disturbing. 

    I still prefer Fellowship of the Ring overall but when it comes to concluding a trilogy it really doesn’t get much better than this. If the last 30 minutes of various character saying goodbye to each other doesn’t have you tearing up then I just can’t relate to you.

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

    “Me and him, we're from... different ancient tribes. Now we're both almost extinct”


    A surprisingly funny noir film that doesn’t really adhere to many of its genre tropes but rather blends a lot of different genres together. I loved all the themes about changing cultures and if we should let past cultures die. It makes for a really interesting watch. Also Forest Whitaker makes the goofiest actions look badass. In no world should that stupid pistol flair he does before holstering look cool but some how it does.

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★

    I’m pretty mixed on this one. I think the satire works for the most part but at a certain point it just becomes annoying and tedious. As someone in the generation that the film is making fun of I don’t know if the film really made much of an effort to criticize anything beyond the surface level. The trailers pretty much encapsulate the entirety of the satire. They are just dumb, self centered, out of touch kids that are obsessed…

  • The Other Guys

    The Other Guys

    ★★½

    Adam McKay just isn’t funny

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★

    A film that kind of tries to have a message about misogyny but then immediately undercuts it by having it’s one actual female character be such a shallow stereotype. And then Ben Stiller does a horrifically offensive Latino accent one step away from full on brown face.

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★

    This is really not what I was expecting but it was a pleasant surprise. The film is empathetic with its characters in a way I’ve never seen before. Using the real people from this event brings a level of authenticity that would be impossible to do without them and using the real trial footage brings all of the emotions to the forefront. And the more we learn about Sabzian the more I couldn’t help but love him. He is such…

  • Black Bird

    Black Bird

    ★★★★

    Black Bird doesn’t start incredible. The first episode didn’t really get me hooked and it isn’t really representative of the series after that point. But once it picks up this is some fucking riveting television and it gets better every single episode. Taron Edgerton and Paul Walter Hauser are absolutely phenomenal in this. This will most likely get forgotten by Emmy season next year but they both deserve heavy consideration. And the finale is just incredible. I was on the…

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★

    This is one of the most obnoxious movies I’ve ever seen. It attempts to use style to cover up a really bad screenplay but the execution is just awful. There are characters that are given entire backstories (in massive exposition dumps) only to be immediately killed off a scene or two later. There are just too many characters to develop and so none of them are interesting or compelling. And it doesn’t help that the movie isn’t funny and has a shocking lack of action set pieces beyond repetitive fist fights that last 30 seconds each.

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    For the first time since the 1987 original we actually got a well crafted, suspenseful, badass entry to this franchise and what do the dumbfucks at Disney/Fox do? They release it straight to Hulu.

  • Kodachrome

    Kodachrome

    ★★½

    More than any other film I’ve seen this falls into pretty much every indie movie cliche and does very little to make itself memorable. This formula is just tired at this point and mass market independent cinema needs more creativity than this.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★½

    For as bleak and depressing of a film that this is it has one hell of a gratifying ending. So much so I actually yelled out loud, “Yeah! Fuck you!” and anyone who has seen the movie knows exactly what scene I’m talking about.

  • Tower Heist

    Tower Heist

    ★★

    I actually really enjoyed the first half of this movie but unfortunately it becomes a sequence of continuously escalating plot holes and contrivances that I couldn’t look past. But I do think that it’s an interesting case study as a heist film that’s worst element by far is it’s heist