• Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    In history, evolution finds its footing on land. As life transformed, explored and conquered this grounded new environment, humankind begun development. On land, adapted, reigning as the most knowledgeable, the "supreme", species, the only obstacle in the way of man's wish to remain on top was, ironically enough, the possibility of another man's thirst being the exact same. And that's how war was born, "my needs above yours". And it was in one of the world's most devastating wars, WWII,…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★

    Firmly relies on the fight against Imperialism, but S.S. Rajamouli aims for a cartoonish tone during most of the film, which devalues any possibility of using this as reference for great historical drama. The dramatic shift post-intermission is solid, but the political commentary is only explored on surface level, which makes the second half more underwhelming than the first. When tackling the brutality of this struggle, it's hard to have a colorful dance number as a finale and still have…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★½

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  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★★★

    Phil Tippett -- artist behind visual and creature crafting of Jurassic Park, Return of the Jedi -- worked on this film for about thirty years. Roughly a year prior to its release, the director had to be institutionalized due to a mental breakdown triggered by the stress. "[...] I will never, ever make another film like that", he said. Scrupulously arranging a nightmarish world through one of the most painstakingly difficult artistic mediums is genuinely a task that can break…

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★★

    This film gave me such a sudden urge to read Nietzsche it's insane. And I refuse to elaborate.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★

    Story behind me backtracking from my initial (immensely positive) reaction is actually quite funny. A while ago, this was movie of the moment, we all loved the experience, it was easy to bring it up in convos. Yet, everytime I did that, it was to speak ill of it. Constantly attempted to reassure to myself and others that "I still loved it!", despite my complaints. Although, as these conversations got more frequent, the conviction to my honest issues kept growing…

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★½

    By complete coincidence I watched this on Phillip Seymour Hoffman's birthday. May he rest in peace, a truly wonderful performer.

    J.J. is obviously not on par with all of the other M:I directors, -- even John Woo's work of fart outing has more spice -- but Julia's introduction opened the path for a more engaging character journey for Ethan in future installments. In addition to that, we got PSH's upsetting villain, and Simon Pegg! And, as much as the action…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    As much as a film like this demands ambitious worldbuilding and plotting, the ambition in Everything Everywhere's storytelling is how it dawns from affectionate relationships. The sheer scope of its multiversal madness is only the surface: sure, impeccable action sequences, visual effects, quick-witted humor and absurdly dazzling editing are strong enough aspects to carry a film, but it's all about how this comprehensive family drama stirs deep emotions about repressed bonds. Regret and resentment are the driving force, the film…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    Me personally I would have killed him with a knife while he was asleep

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★½

    Absurdly unfiltered; it's the same as Burton's first Batman, but, this time, free from the vanilla plotting that restrained the bizarre in said film. Returns remains one of the most unhinged comic book films to date. Barely a film about the bat (he doesn't even get a line until we're already thirty minutes in), it's just pure excess, an eccentric gothic cartoon about three horny lunatics and social injustices illustrated in the weirdest possible ways. This film's personality is remarkable.…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★½

    An exchange from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End just popped on my mind, and it speaks volumes about the state of blockbuster filmmaking (which is in-line with that film's thematic approach, and my thoughts on this one):

    - The world used to be a bigger place.

    - The world's still the same. There's just... less in it.


    Dear folks at Marvel Studios,

    You are not morally-obligated to keep making these. Frankly, there is no point in continuing, if…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★

    Very succinct and outspoken. Not the most a film has resonated with me, but certainly one of the most complete I've seen in a minute.