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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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

    I wanna see it a second time before I reach my verdict but here are some ramblings for now:

    -opening scene with Poe taking on the dreadnought is the most spectacular space battle of the whole franchise. the bit between him & Hux is the perhaps the funniest part of the movie and immediately we're thrown into this dazzling, dangerous assault which also sets up Poe's arc rather nicely. I was one thousand percent ready to love this movie after this…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    The Shape of Water has completely renewed my faith in the magic of cinema. All these obnoxious franchises have made us numb to the art; too many of us flock to the theater to consume the latest product rather instead of wanting to experience something beautiful. We don't need new Marvel and Star Wars movies every year. We NEED more movies like this.

    Del Toro has done an immense service for all who truly love movies. Every performance is pitch…

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  • The Secret Life of Pets

    The Secret Life of Pets

    it makes Over the Hedge look like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    there is no narrative thrust, no personality, no visual pizazz. the only joy I found in this movie was when the two main dogs sneak into a sausage factory and gorge themselves until they enter hallucinatory bliss. it's a silly sequence that does nothing to advance the plot, but that's exactly what Pets needed more of. these characters mostly just tumble from point A to B to…

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★★★

    I know it's not exactly a secret that Lilo & Stitch is good, but let me tell YOU, buster: motherfuckin' LILO and STITCH is REALLY good!

    Just look at Pleakley: he is a noodle alien with one eye, two tongues, and three slug-like appendages for legs. This character is magnificent to behold. All these characters are. The backgrounds! Such soft, lush paintings! No other Disney movie looks like this. Even the CG bits are blended quite well into the drawings. The…