DoctorDoom has written 76 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Run

    Run

    Great movie. Unpopular opinion apparently but I connected more with this than Searching, which I was already a big fan of. I said at the time that Aneesh Chaganty would be a director to watch, and what do you know? I didn't lie!

    Apparently the Letterboxd crowd is lukewarm on this one. I've seen a lot of reactions that could be summed up as "it's a standard sophomore outing." Although Searching is more visibly proficient and innovative at first glance,…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    I have no idea why this was my first movie of 2021 but here we are

    Let's call myself a Zahler novice. I should probably rewatch Bone Tomahawk at some point; I did see it once years ago and remember it mostly as "fine." Apparently it's one of the most gruesome movies a lot of people on here have ever seen but I don't recall being as put off by the gore as everyone else. Granted, this also happened to…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Fuck it, this rules

    Great sequel that builds on everything from its predecessor and actually dares to evolve rather than spin in place. Not content to replicate previous success, Dead Man's Chest goes bolder and digs deeper to put its cast of characters through genuine challenges. Where the world in the first one felt neat and tidy and at least somewhat tethered to our reality, here it spills its guts out and expands the elements of macabre fantasy and a…

  • Tarzan

    Tarzan

    Jane Porter's got a wagon and was one of the first characters I had a sexual reaction to as a child, meaning she's probably responsible for me having such a huge thing for English women, so thanks, Tarzan

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

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

    A brilliant light cut short.

    Given how the story plays out, maybe it's appropriate that George Cukor's version of A Star is Born is something that nobody alive will ever be able to properly appreciate in its current form. Absolutely masterful in the broad strokes; the passage of time conveyed in the edit makes it feel like we've gotten to know these people over years instead of only hours, and the weight of fame, addiction and Hollywood's meat grinder philosophy…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    It was supposed to be a promise.

    I'm as exhausted of Star Wars as anyone in a post-The Rise of Skywalker world, but there was a reason this movie was the biggest thing on the planet when it dropped. It worked, and I'm beyond tired of the online cottage industry retroactively claiming that it's "the death of cinema" or "purely a nostalgia play" or whatever. Movies that land as big as this don't do it by not connecting with people…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

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

    Why wasn't the handprint on the shower bit in the movie?

    A harrowing portrait of how the residual impact of an abusive person can continually shatter your life while also being a well-constructed "predator you can't see" sci-fi stalker thriller. Rare case of "having cake and eating it too" working out, largely because Whannell knows when to play hardball and when to let scenes breathe. One of his best choices is his first: refusing to show any build-up to Cecilia's…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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    Sorry everyone, but I love this movie.

    It's kind of nuts how this is a better Episode III than the real Episode III. There's some alternate dimension where this movie (presumably with an opening crawl and a different title because Rogue One doesn't really fit the name scheme of the saga films) was the final installment of the prequel trilogy and on opening night people lost their fucking minds in the theatre when they realized it literally segues perfectly into…

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black

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

    I watched all four Men in Black films in the last 24 hours so I guess it's time to talk about them.

    Men in Black is not a franchise.
    That might be a weird thing to say when there's four of these movies, but I think it needs to be said. Men in Black was technically based on a Marvel comic book, but it threw out almost everything about those comics besides the title. It has sequels and tie-ins, but…

  • Disobedience

    Disobedience

    He should have ended on that shot.
    That was what I was telling myself over and over after leaving the theatre. He should have ended on that shot. The one that was the perfect visual culmination of everything the film was trying to say. He should have ended on that shot. But then it kept going for five more minutes.

    As a queer romance drama, Disobedience is not exactly breaking new ground in the same way that recent successes such…

  • The Meddler

    The Meddler

    I lost my dad last year. Unlike many stories of parental loss, it wasn't drawn out; he was only in his forties, he was healthy and successful, and I woke up that morning with no indication that anything was wrong. Then I got a call that his car had been hit by a truck on his way to work.

    I don't remember the last words I said to my father. I suspect that's probably because there was no build-up, no…

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    The world doesn't appreciate Pacific Rim enough. For its fans, that's obvious. For its critics, that's slander. Yet even among those disparate camps, I believe there's some misconception about just what kind of movie Guillermo del Toro made here.
    Pacific Rim is the story of our time.

    To understand why, you have to be willing to go with del Toro's core idea: he made a live-action anime, and he did it deliberately. Not ironically, not as an homage, and not…