• Freaky

    Freaky

    ★★★½

    You can never go wrong with a good slasher. Very pleased that this holds up two years later.

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

    Completely support Derrickson going back to this lean, mean style over his small foray into blockbusters. Stories like this suit his style so much more. Though its supernatural element tends to falter until its climactic point, the wonderful use of tension, world-building, generational trauma, and likable characters (and likable child actors!) more than make up for it. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Ethan Hawke's chilling turn as the Grabber, who no doubt will join the pantheon of iconic modern villains very soon. Really solid stuff.

  • Sing 2

    Sing 2

    ★★★

    The sheer sincerity on display keeps it head and shoulders over its predecessor, even if its needle drops become rather tiresome after awhile. Really cute, though!

  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    ★★½

    Do I acknowledge this is objectively a bad movie? Yes.

    Can I fully hate it? Never.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    ★★★★

    Argue with a wall; this trilogy absolutely rules.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    Pizza Poppa spinoff when

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★★★½

    Thoughtful meditations on the artistic process in regards to how it affects your personal life. This is exactly how all autobiographical films should be made from now on. Blew me clear away.

  • Jackass: The Movie

    Jackass: The Movie

    If there’s anything indicative of 2000s culture and the peak lunacy therein, it’s Jackass. You just can’t help but admire how stupidly sincere it all is, but also how intricate a lot of these stunts are.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Listen, fanservice is good when I’m the fan being serviced. I would very much be okay with them just staying in the prequel era from now on.

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

    Realizing that Cooper Raiff is not only yet another one of my doppelgängers, but actually is me had I continued acting/directing right out of college is a shock to the system to say the least. But I'll be damned if what he makes isn't absolutely charming.

    Can't be mad at the dude for being legitimately good at what he does, this early in his career.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★½

    How nice of Disney to give Thor: The Dark World some competition in the “fumbling the bag” category

  • Spiderhead

    Spiderhead

    ★★½

    Black Mirror-type beat. Doesn't go nearly far enough.