Cory has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★★

    I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this film, but what it does really well is depicts 7th grade life pretty well.  It’s brutal, honest, and darkly funny.

  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★★

    The Fugitive is one of the best cat-and-mouse thrillers of the 90s.  Both lead performances are great, but Tommy Lee Jones shines as US Marshall Gerard.  The first 30-45 minutes of this film is so fun and thrilling, but it does begin to lose steam in the 3rd quarter before bringing it home with a great finale.  

    Extremely entertaining!

  • Häxan

    Häxan

    ★★★★

    I can’t believe that this was made 100 years ago.  The special effects and the makeup and costuming and props and puppetry and stop motion and animation are all incredible for its time.  This documentary was extremely interesting but also really well made and presented.  Also, the acting was really good too.  I wish there were more horror films like this - especially from this silent era.  What has survived are all creepy and fantastical and expressive and eerie.


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  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★

    About what you’d expect from a racing film based on true events.  That’s not a negative by the way.  It tells the story well and has great performances.  Good cinematography and it’s well edited.  It’s also just pretty standard for a biopic.  It doesn’t do anything overly unique in its storytelling or filmmaking. It just tells it’s story well and presents it well.  It doesn’t try to be anything more or anything less than it needs to be.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★

    Still holds up!

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    I was worried this would suck for a couple reasons: 1) Wes Craven wasn’t behind it (for obvious reasons).  2) it was dumped in the dead zone month where 99% of horror films released in January suck.  3) It’s the 5th film in the franchise.  

    But it manages to beat the odds and what we have is a fun and clever installment that’s quite possibly the best sequel in the franchise.  Almost reaching levels of the first, but not quite hitting the mark.  Several fun surprises throughout.  I hope they continue the franchise.  It’d be cool to see more with this new group.