• Host

    Host

    It's no Unfriended: Dark Web

  • Terror at London Bridge

    Terror at London Bridge

    Man. I want to go to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    There was a small cautiousness that maybe this wouldn't hold up to a new viewing. Even though I liked this one more than Raiders as a kid, I was ready for its flaws to be more apparent now.

    And okay maybe there's some "weakness", and it's not as classic / pure cinema as Raiders, whatever that means. But this movie is also completely masterful in its own right, at the very least in terms of action scenes alone.

    The action…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    "The Invisible Man for the MeToo era" honestly turned me off, thinking it would feel forced as a marketing angle... but I was surprised how unforced it actually felt. Gaslighting and horror/thriller were already a perfect match, and this movie smartly relies mostly on classic tropes and genre. This was tense and included at least a few unforeseen twists. Not bad.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    100 times more fun than McMillions

  • McMillion$

    McMillion$

    ★★★

    I spent most of the viewing experience thinking: I should be enjoying this more. Pleasant enough, but...

    This docuseries had everything lined up for it... all they had to do was swing... (and probably not make it 6 hours long)

    Fun story, but, 6 hours of your life? I think I grade it tougher because it bets so hard on a thin sort of collective nostalgia.

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    Maybe we’re all partially responsible for Nic Cage becoming a parody of himself.

  • Fantastic Fungi

    Fantastic Fungi

    I liked this well enough, and it’s even inspiring and uplifting to an extent, but let’s just say making a movie about mushrooms is not an easy task.
    I like Paul Stamets a lot and it makes sense to make him the main character of this thing.. but I think in this life you need Paul Stamets AND Michael Pollan (who is only in the movie for two seconds). You need far-out Stamets and you need grounded AF author Pollan.…

  • The Imagineering Story

    The Imagineering Story

    This might meld together critique of the series, and critique of Disney.. (The filmmakers here are highly competent, blahblahblah)

    First off, I eat this stuff up. More watchable and entertaining than the Mandalorian or anything else I've perused on Disney+ so far. Because in 2019, to me, Star Wars isn't interesting... Disney is interesting, even if you hate it. This series is about thinking about Disney. It's not a deep reflection (it's a thorough reflection...), but it could lead to…

  • The Imposter

    The Imposter

    ★★★

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

    Bourdin/"the imposter" claimed that a member of the Barclay family killed their son (or knew something) and were hiding it.

    Did the filmmakers really press Bourdin on whether or not he made this up? He admits to other lies throughout this film. Did I miss where he admits to this one? Do I need to rewatch part of it?

    I feel like this seed of suspicion on the family was nurtured for cinematic purposes in a way that rubbed me wrong.

  • LA 92

    LA 92

    ★★★★★

    Shook me a little bit.

    Nat Geo/ the director makes what seems to be the overwhelmingly correct artistic choice by only using raw footage
    (No narration or interviews) and sparse inter-titles.
    This is probably also by lucky happenstance the on-brand move for National Geographic.. to observe and not dissect. It’s not needed (luckily for them) to use talking heads to reflect on the moral complexity of a riot. The footage speaks for itself.
    Tragic, riveting, and relevant watch.

  • Popeye

    Popeye

    There’s joy in this thing, but it also kind of feels like having a very high, disorienting fever.