Gh0stman has written 249 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Captive

    The Captive

    ★★★★★

    Harrowing, disturbing, and dismaying, The Captive is an overlooked thriller that doesn't deserve its maligned reputation. Directed by Atom Egoyan, the film, part procedural thriller & part character study, has an uncanny, haunting quality and is compelling throughout. Like in his earlier work The Sweet Hereafter, the film's wintry Canadian setting and sharp focus on grief and loss are also here but now alongside a nightmarish, ghastly tone that never ceases. Throughout, Atom Egoyan holds an expert hand at generating suspense,…

  • The Rover

    The Rover

    ★★★★

    Pretty outstanding up until the ending, which I found both underdeveloped and on the nose. Still, there's a lot of great work here. Pearce gives one of his best performances. And Pattinson is straight up amazing. There are also many great images and moments, along with a truly disturbed look at a dystopian future; which obviously is meant to be seen as not too far from our own present moment. And despite my dissatisfaction with its conclusion, I think David Michod is becoming a great filmmaker.

  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    ★★★

    An fascinating trifle of a short by Lynch. I feel like it would've been more interesting if Jack was innocent but then Lynch would've had to commit to something instead of relying on an easy ambiguity, which by default ends up doubtful towards the idea of a reasonable doubt. Lynch flirts with an anti-authoritarianism but backs away. Still, it's Lynch so there's more here to chew on than most short films.

  • Jackass 3D

    Jackass 3D

    ★★★★

    Still funny after all these years. Shit takes me far back. Thanks for the memories guys.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    I too would gamble my life away for Julia Fox. An instant classic.

  • The Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club

    ★★★★

    I like this movie but Harlem Nights is a better film about this time period. One where the black characters rightfully own their own narrative. Also, the director's cut didn't seem all that different from the theatrical cut, it just felt longer. Save for a few moments here and there, I can see why he cut the extra footage in the first place.

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★★★

    Not perfect, flawed, but it kicks ass anyways. My only regret is that I didn't see it in 3D.

  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart

    ★★★★★

    One of the most visually stunning films ever made.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★★

    Spiderman takes on the corporatist media, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the military industrial complex, and right-wing libertarianism all while on summer vacation. What's not to like?

  • 8 Million Ways to Die

    8 Million Ways to Die

    ★★★

    An inherently flawed yet solid enough neo-noir whose finer qualities make you wish the filmmakers had, or were allowed to have, better control over the material. As this is Hal Ashby's last movie before he passed away from drug addiction, it's unnerving to watch this film since one can clearly see Ashby's crushed state of mind in nearly every frame. Everywhere Jeff Bridges's anti-hero goes there is a bottle of booze or some type of drug and one can feel…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    One of the best films of the 1980s. De Palma=GOAT of his generation

  • Shadow

    Shadow

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2019