MISSING uses its novel framing for an effective thriller [3/5]
Missing doesn’t reach the quality of its predecessor, but if you’re looking for something casual to keep you engaged, this does that just fine.
HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE is a thrilling depiction of desperate activism [5/5]
How to Blow Up a Pipeline was so smart about its depiction of the characters and the tension was so engaging I wanted it to keep going. I wanted to see what happens next to these characters. The reality is the story ends because that’s where the world is right now.
INFINITY POOL distinguishes Brandon Cronenberg as a uniquely visual and comedic filmmaker
I think if you approach Infinity Pool with the right mindset it has a lot to offer. It didn’t make me think. It’s not especially scary. It’s not a body horror film. But I had a lot of fun with it.
KNOCK AT THE CABIN gets Shyamalan closer to his original appeal
Knock at the Cabin does a great job portraying the main characters struggling with holding onto their rational worldview and squaring it with the unbelievable devastation happening before their eyes. If that sounds interesting to you, that is the appeal of Knock at the Cabin.
M3GAN’s humor proves more compelling than its horror
M3gan is a horror comedy film but it abandons its comedic tone in favor of traditional horror but it doesn’t have any convincing scares.
2022: TOP FILMS OF THE YEAR
I think 2022 was a great year for movies. It feels like movies are back. Disney is floundering in the post-Avengers landscape. Netflix is failing. I think businesses are getting tired of churning out generic crap and audiences are sick of watching it. We’ve paved the way for actual filmmakers to return. I’m excited for…
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is an instant American classic
The genius of Everything Everywhere All at Once is it understands people’s hesitancy to expose themselves to this conversation and it gets around it through absurdist humor.
THE WHALE is elevated by Brendan Fraser’s sincere portrayal
Your relationship with these characters will never be in the same place from beginning to end. You may end up in the same spot, but you’ll be there with more context on the character. These moments where you get exposed to the full context of a character and you can feel your relationship with them…
THE FABELMANS is Spielberg’s best work in 15 years
I loved a lot of specific scenes and sequences in this movie. I thought they were some of the best examples of Spielberg’s classical filmmaking style and that’s why I enjoyed this film so much. At the same time, I thought the story set up that this movie would be about the relationship someone builds…