• The Bad Guys

    The Bad Guys

    ★★★

    Perfectly satisfactory movie, which should be fun for kids and adults alike. The voice cast does a great job, especially Marc Maron who surprisingly doesn’t even sound like his usual voice. The animation is fun and fast, and the story itself, while predictable, has a couple of twists that I didn’t guess.

    The Bad Guys does take a lot of the same themes of a movie like Zootopia, not as effectively, but it also has a positive lesson of not…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★½

    Found this on Hulu and honestly not quite sure how I feel about it. I typically like quirky black comedies like this, and there are some genuinely funny/well done aspects of it. But it also feels just a tad too odd; for example, the deadpan, monotone acting feels like it belongs in a different movie. And the misplaced violence, character of Sensei, and Casey’s character arc as a whole feel like they are trying to add up to something more…

  • Morbius

    Morbius

    Bad. Just very very bad. Completely full of formulaic elements (like all Spider-Verse movies), but at least the Venom films are entertaining, albeit in a silly, over the top way. Here, there’s basically nothing holding this together. The character is born, he’s bad but then he’s good and then of course he has to fight the character that you expect. Utterly predictable and honestly just unimaginative. Even the special effects and action sequences are just blurred CGI images jerking about,…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    ★★★

    Has some of the same elements as the first, including the addition of characters like Tails and Knuckles, but it somehow doesn’t work quite as well. I think the human element is missing here, as James Marsden’s character provided in the original film. There is too much time here spent with our animated characters instead.  

    It still has its moments, though, including Idris Elba as Knuckles and another wickedly fun performance by Jim Carey as Robotnik (who I hope…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★★½

    Rewatched before seeing the new one, and it’s still pretty fun. Harmless and silly, it also somehow manages to make me actually care about both the human characters and the video game character. This is how video game movies should be made; self-aware above all else, not taking itself too seriously, with some lively action, video game-esque special effects, and not afraid to imbue some emotional resonance either. Also Jim Carey is just perfect as Robotnik.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    Now this was a fun one. It takes some pre-established characters, adds in some new ones, develops even more with the multiverse, and gives us a truly deviant villain that I wasn’t on board with at first, but it worked surprisingly well. There are some really impressive visual effects here and other aspects that are all straight from a Sam Raimi film, such as Evil Dead in particular, making this the MCU’s closest directorial vision as well as horror.

    I…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★

    Decided to rewatch before seeing the sequel, and I still think it’s fine. Nothing spectacular as far as where the MCU will ultimately head, as it suffers from some of the issues that a lot of the early movies do: poor pacing, unlikeable or underused characters, an underdeveloped villain, and a cliched world-ending plot. But there’s still enough good here: for one, I like Cumberbatch in the role, and the ending here is somewhat unexpected for a Marvel movie. The special effects are also quite impressive. There’s promise here for the future, and that promise arrives soon after. At any rate, onwards to Doctor Strange 2!

  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    ★★★½

    Decided to watch this after reading the novel, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a pretty solid adaptation, delving into some serious and clearly prescient issues of race and police brutality. It’s especially relevant after the George Floyd protests and the racial issues being reignited in the couple years since. 

    The cast and screenplay of The Hate You Give is what really brings this to life. Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby are the real standouts for me, especially Stenberg’s believable transition…

  • Uncharted

    Uncharted

    ★½

    Bad. Very bad. Worse than Red Notice bad, as far as meandering storylines, misplaced comedy, ridiculously unbelievable stunts and special effects, and just a whole lot of wasted time for all involved. Tom Holland is far and above the best part of this and is probably the only reason it did as well as it did. Still, it’s not enough, and this is just an awful movie. No thank you.

  • The Bubble

    The Bubble

    Yeah just awful. How do you bring together a cast like this, a story that is a satire about show business, a silly take on monster movies and also a take on the pandemic, and yet make it so incredibly dull and lifeless? Well, Judd Apatow found a way! I admittedly did laugh a few times, but it wasn’t consistent and it never amounted to much overall. Just ridiculous and a waste of time for all involved.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★

    Saw this after The Batman, and it’s an alarmingly different movie (not unexpectedly). But weirdly, this is the more fun of the two. It’s a survival film disguised as a romcom, but it’s also one based on the idea that rich people eat desperate young women (because sure, why not?). It also weirdly makes you like Sebastian Stan’s character despite how truly horrible he is. 

    What I really appreciate about this film is how it pokes at romcom tropes. It…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    Saw this nearly a month ago and things have been crazy so haven’t had a chance to write about it yet. But I really I loved this iteration of Batman; it does reflect The Dark Knight series in a lot of ways but it also fully distinguishes itself. The caped crusader has always been known for his detective abilities, and this film leans into that hard. So, more so than nearly any other live Batman film, it really feels more…