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  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Note: this is more of a personal essay than a review, but for me, with this particular film, that’s probably unavoidable.)

    According to my 1999 journal, my entire reaction to Magnolia—my 376th theatrical screening of the year—was: “Great fucking film. Three fucking hours. Not actually sure why it’s called Magnolia.”

    I didn’t know it at the time, but the film had its hooks in me. Just over two weeks later, as 1999 rolled over into 2000 and the digital plague…

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    Bulk of the film is Lee’s most mainstream narrative since Inside Man, but with the not-so-casual suggestion that the neo-blacksploitation vibe is a way to, well, bamboozle the audience into sitting through the sermon without too much fidgeting in the pews. I’ve never been fond of his anvil-dropping style—we get it already, man—but since history keeps showing us that “we” clearly don’t fucking get it, I’m increasingly willing to concede the point.

    As he so often does, Lee meanders along…

  • The Equalizer 2

    The Equalizer 2

    ★★½

    Like the first film, this is an uneven mix of art house, after school special, and blood lust. The skeleton is a deeply generic “this time it’s personal” action movie, and the inherently reactionary nature of the vigilante subgenre clashes with some of the intended message. (Denzel hands a Troubled Youth a Ta-Nehisi Coates book, then all but tells him to pull his damn pants up.) There’s no real reason to stick around for the third act unless you really want to see a 63-year-old man go all Jason Voorhees on a bunch of generic shemagh-wearing baddies with tacticool Pic rail–equipped rifles.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    Hey. Remember that thing you like? They made more, and they didn’t screw it up this time. They went back to the original recipe.

    Boy, did they ever.

    The Force Awakens doubles down on the series’ talismanic repetition of phrases and situations, to the point that it might as well be a remake of the first film. Unfortunately, it’s a sequel, and the weakest moments in the film are easily those featuring the original trilogy cast. (To be blunt, having…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★

    A soulless superhero franchise film and an inept high school comedy try to make it work for the sake of the kids; the forced smiles and underlying tension permeate every moment.

    As a super-hero movie, Homecoming is exactly the glop you’d expect from two movie studios executing two competing business plans. I knew that this movie would ultimately devolve into a blur of CGI—they all do—so I could hardly be surprised or disappointed by that. My hopes and fears were…