Daniel

Daniel Pro

Favorite films

  • Tenet
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Suspiria
  • Before Sunset

Recent activity

All
  • Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★½

  • Watchmen

    ★★★★

  • Love Lies Bleeding

    ★★★★

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

Pinned reviews

More
  • Lisa Frankenstein

    Lisa Frankenstein

    ★★½

    I’m so torn on this because Kathryn Newton genuinely rocks so hard and Diablo Cody brings some usual verve—albeit not nearly as much as Jennifer’s Body—but similar to so many throwback genre exercises these days, it fundamentally fails to engage visually with what gave those films a grit and sense of energy. If you’re going to ape Burton and other supernatural comedies, at least try to do something that’s a bit scary and has any flair whatsoever. Instead, it’s struck…

  • Love Lies Bleeding

    Love Lies Bleeding

    ★★★★

    I love how Rose Glass did this as her follow up to Saint Maud instead of being lured into studio horror. Manages to create a dirty, sweaty, scuzzy atmosphere while lovingly homaging ‘80s pulp. It’s a pastiche of that throwback aesthetic for sure but it’s entirely elevated by the ace performances and Glass’s super visual eye—which instead of adding empty style, actively works to elevate the grimy aesthetic. Sometimes these genre exercises can feel very sanitised compared to what they’re…

Recent reviews

More
  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    ★★★★

    [Ultimate cut]

    I’m literally Dr. Manhattan. 

    Zack’s blatant rejection of subtlety will always make me giggle—my king has never changed. Sadly what has changed is that his movies are ugly now, something that can absolutely not said about this. It’s bold, it’s brash, it’s an entire feast and it’s aged like a fine wine. Patrick Wilson, you are loved (by me).

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    I feel like I’ve seen God—we pray at the Church of Denis. Just absolutely monumental and beautifully morbid. I hate to drop pull-quote superlatives but this deserves it because it’s one of the greatest blockbusters put to screen. As a Villeneuve experience, it’s so interesting to see how this works in tandem with 2049 regarding their dual—but different—subversions of a classic ‘chosen one’ narrative. Seeing Timothee transform into a mad titan in real time gave me full-body chills! And I…

Popular reviews

More
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    Just over the moon… that we got a hint of that sweet Electro theme!

    Contains some legitimately great Spider-Man moments in a film that feels like it’s built around scene and character-based concepts rather than being a tightly coalesced whole. Thankfully the annoying Disney Channel tone of Far from Home is mostly gone and Holland can give a performance that actually has a bit of weight at points. Still, this feels like fanfic where some of the fanfic is fun,…

  • 65

    65

    ★★★

    As expected it’s absolutely derivative of so many other prominent things. It’s basically A Quiet Place + Jurassic + Interstellar + The Last of Us especially (which has truly become one of the most impactful pop culture works of the last decade). Having said that, I feel like the natural order of average genre schlock has been restored by a generationally gifted thespian in Driver lending his WAY-above-average services to this. It’s nice when a silly, bare-bones B-movie doesn’t feel…