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First Man

November 21, 2018

Almost great. Pretty close. There is some really great stuff in First Man. First off, there are the flight scenes, which really aim to put you in the driver’s seat, so to speak. Chazelle does this by lots of first person views and pulling the camera in tight. it really gives you a sense of […]

Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

This movie turned out to be quite a worthy sequel to its predecessor (despite the choice to give it the SAME EXACT TITLE!). It really played on the idea of Michael as this soulless human being, and shows Laurie going all Sarah Conner on us. The idea of Michael as an old man is intriguing, […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

October 27, 2018

This had potential, but it was ultimately squandered.  This reminded me of that period in the late 90s when there were a whole bunch of Tarantino wanna-be films coming out.  El Royale is absolutely a Tarantino mimic, though lacking in both clever dialogue and frenetic energy.  At first I found it intriguing, as a cast […]

Scary Movie Month

October 8, 2018

Hey all, I’m trying out a new segment.  This is scary movie month, where I summarize all of the Halloween-ish type movies that I watch in October.  But since it seems lame to make this post in November after I’ve watch all the films, I’m going to go back to the films I watch last […]

2001: A Space Odyssey

August 25, 2018

When I heard that there would be a print run of 2001 this year during its 50th anniversary, I got very excited.  This was one of those movies I always wanted to see in theater.  But as the summer went on, there was still no word from my local theater that this was going to […]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

August 6, 2018

Soooo… we’ve come a long way from a small band of characters vising an island of dinosaurs and a hiccup in the power. Now we’ve got a volcano threatening to destroy Dino Island, a group of black market mercenaries capturing these creatures, and genetic villainy creating monsters that resemble dinosaurs but are far more menacingly […]

Mission Impossible: Fallout

July 31, 2018

M:I 6 has turned out to be one of the best action movies in recent memory. Its the culmination of all that came before it: the intriguing plots, the spy gadgetry, and of course Tom Cruise’s insistence in putting himself in preposterous stunt situations. And its all fantastic. Remember Howard Hawks’ famous quote that a good […]

Incredibles 2

July 3, 2018

The Incredibles finally have their sequel, and it feels like the characters have all fallen right back into step even after 14 years. Which is good, because the movie starts off right after the events of the last movie, where the family battles the Underminer. They really play up the family dynamic again in this […]

Solo

June 9, 2018

I’ll be up front and state that I was against the idea of a Han Solo prequel movie. It just seems weird having someone not Harrison Ford play Han at roughly the same age he was in the first movie. It seemed exploitative to me in some way. That being said, I have to admit […]

Avengers: Infinity War

April 30, 2018

The culmination of the last ten years of Marvel movies, the moment that all these interconnected stories have been building up to, satisfyingly delivers.  This is a relief for everyone who has some level of investment in this franchise.  Its the biggest crossover since Cartoon All-stars to the Rescue, and it is quite the spectacle. […]

A Quiet Place

April 24, 2018

Ooh, I really liked this one. A Quiet Place is a horror flick with the conceit that evil creatures are attracted to loud noises, so keep your mouth shut! There are a lot of cool details that go along with this premise, like sand trails for walking, painted floorboards to show which don’t creek, etc. […]

Black Panther

March 11, 2018

I don’t have a whole lot to say about Black Panther, though whenever I say that I seem to have more to say than I would think. What I appreciated most from Black Panther was learning about a new fictional mythology, a new layer to this cinematic world they are building which also holds of […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

March 3, 2018

There’s a difference between having a movie full of unlikable characters that you hate watching and a movie with unlikable characters that you are still captivated by. The difference here is obvious: its the writing that keeps them from being flat, the directing to lead them in the right direction, and of course the performances […]

The Shape of Water

February 24, 2018

Its odd. When a movie is so critically acclaimed, as this one is, even if you like the film you feel the need to defend why you don’t rather love it. I guess there’s always part of us that need to explain our contrarian views, even if they are just slightly askance from the norm. The […]

Justice League

January 3, 2018

It wasn’t terrible. Well, okay… it was terrible. But somehow I didn’t hate it. Lets face facts, this is not a good movie. The script feels cobbled together, the tone is hard to pinpoint, and The Flash as the comic relief falls flat every time. I don’t think I heard anyone in the theater laugh at […]