• Pink Flamingos

    Pink Flamingos

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely filthy and absolutely campy. Garbage cinema that is so much fun to watch. It’s notorious for a reason, but still manages to be one of the most interesting and entertaining films that you’ll ever see. Pink Flamingos shows just how powerful interesting storytelling can be, and how a low budget isn’t the death of a film. I cannot wait to give this film another watch, and definitely need to take a dive into John Waters’ filmography, as this film truly impressed me.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★½

    Continuing on with some of the characters built from the original trilogy, Dead Men Tell No Tales feels more in line with the original films, but is far from their quality. As entertaining as this film can be at times, it feels far too fabricated. The CG within the previous films looked absolutely stunning, where it seems to be the biggest flaw of this film. It was clear what was and wasn’t shot on sets, with the visuals following suit…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    ★★★½

    On Stranger Tides is the odd duck of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It’s the only one that is truly standalone, which can make it easy for anybody to get into, but doesn’t further these characters that the original trilogy built up. In the grand scheme of things, this film is just a small blip in the events of this world that has been built - even if things had ended a bit badly, it would be inconsequential to…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    ★★★★★

    More along the lines of Dead Man’s Chest part 2, At World’s End offers a satisfying conclusion to this story, allowing there to be even more growth with the characters, while creating one compelling story. I know that a lot of complaints about the film have been that it is quite bloated, with a nearly three hour runtime, but I’m not sure what could have been cut for it to still be the same film. It really is a highlight…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★★★

    Dead Man’s Chest always used to be my least favorite film within the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, since it seemed to be a stepping stone to On World’s End. Now that I’ve watched it again, this sentiment has all but disappeared. This film brings forward one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever seen - Davy Jones truly is a force to be reckoned with, especially when paired with Bill Nighy and the stunning CG that was done for…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★★

    The Curse of the Black Pearl is a favorite film from my childhood, and watching it again sparks my love for this series. There are so many moments that have stayed with me throughout the years, and watching it again really reminded me of how good a Disney film can be when in the hands of a capable director, rather than the head of a studio. Truly an enjoyable film that I know I will fall in love with again when I watch it again.

  • Fire Will Come

    Fire Will Come

    ★★★★½

    A haunting portrait of consequences and judgement. A short watch, but one that holds a heavy impact. It’s been five days since I watched this film and I cannot seem to escape it - it is so simple, yet so profound. Worthy of a watch for anyone wanting to find introspection about how the outside world plays such a heavy impact on how we present ourselves.

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★★

    I’m genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed Cruella. Having seen some of the scenes pop up online, I was hesitant to go in, but was excited to see that this actually was a pretty fun film. Was it a needed backstory? Not really, but I’m glad that it’s one of the rare origin films that actually has fun with its story. Emma Stone wouldn’t be the first person I would think of to cast in the role, as I…

  • The Amusement Park

    The Amusement Park

    ★★★★

    A disturbing, yet very human, examination of the elderly and how they fit in society. A wild PSA, but one that still holds relevance to this day. A haunting film in every way.

  • The Unholy

    The Unholy

    ★★½

    You know, The Unholy wasn’t as bad as I wase expecting it to be. There was a lot going for it, with some likable characters and a plot that left you guessing. While it may have ended in the exact way that you would think it would, it still managed to bring up some interesting topics when it comes to miracles and church involvement with coverups. It might be a bit predictable, but it still managed to throw in some…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★½

    The latest installment in the Conjuring universe is one that left a bad taste in my mouth. It’s the first installment without James Wan in the director’s chair, which left me a bit disappointed, but it is nice to get new voices and perspectives for this film. Unfortunately, with the departure of Wan, the film loses what made it so good in the first place. Wan knows how to build a compelling film, while creating a genuinely frightening atmosphere. His…

  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    ★★½

    Sprial: From the Book of Saw is a servicable entry into the Saw franchise, allowing new voices to be projected into the series, while bringing some new and honestly fun traps. That being said, the film does have some significant problems, especially when it comes to the script. Most of the dialogue was difficult to sit through, and some of the acting was questionable at best. But then again, it is a film from the Saw franchise, so you shouldn’t…